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“Great University and Campus”

University of Kentucky
Ranked #15 of 128 things to do in Lexington
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Owner description: Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating more than 24,000 students each semester. Home of the UK Wildcats. Walking tours are available.
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Both our kids have now graduated from UK but couldn't be happier with this school. You get a real sense of campus life here despite the size. I highly recommend ALL first year students live in dorms their first year. This helps the student get acclimated more quickly and meet new friends.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Of course I'm biased with 2 degrees from UK (my wife also has 2), season basketball and football tickets and, of course, the fact that my blood does bleed blue. Regardless, Lexington is such a cool, pretty city, with rolling bluegrass and Keeneland . . . need I say more. But, as the Commonwealth's flagship university, the campus has needed an overhaul since we graduated 20 years ago. The current dorms, for example, are identical to what we lived in in the 90s, which were identical to what my mom lived in during the 60s. I think you catch my drift.

Thankfully, through a nifty private/public partnership (see WSJ article from 2012), UK embarked on an ambitious project to replace ALL of its aging dorms within a 3 year period. If you visit campus now, you will see construction EVERYWHERE. As John Calipari told the relatively new President, Eli Capiluto, if there aren't cranes on campus, there's no progress. Well, there's tons of progress right now, and I think the new dorms are going to attract kids from all over the country. The architecture is modern but with brick and stone facades blends in nicely with some of the older buildings on campus and the library. Plus, there is a tip of the cap to Kentucky's limestone heritage.

On top of the dorms, the athletic department is kicking in $50 million for a new science building (again - badly needed). The student center is next, after which time no public university in the country will be able to beat UK's campus.

Lastly, out of staters interested in UK take note - while some universities like Georgia, Florida and North Carolina shun outsiders, accepting only 5-10% of out of state applicants, UK (like Alabama and South Carolina) welcomes out of staters with open arms. 35% of the current freshmen are from out of state. Plus, there are massive scholarships available to non-residents with a 25-28 ACT score, making tuition almost equal to instate tuition even before looking at additional merit based scholarships. Great move UK.

And, don't forget that if you are from out of state and have a parent who attended UK, there are additional schollys available through the Legacy Initiative Program.

3  Thank WildcatGuy
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

We recently traveled to Lexington for a college visit for my son. We arrived later in the evening prior to our campus visit and after checking into our hotel, decided to take a drive over to the University for a 'drive by'. The campus appeared to be quite large and the streets were a bit tricky to navigate. (and coming from the Chicagoland area, that's saying something!) There a many one-ways and awkward corners but once you figure it out, it's manageable. I was pleased to note that the campus appeared to be well lit in the evening hours. We returned to campus the next morning for a 9am visit with the dept. chair and concluded at 1pm with a campus tour. It was a crisp, cool, autumn day and the campus was absolutely gorgeous! I would definitely recommend a walk around even if you're not visiting with a purpose in mind. They are currently constructing new dormitories on campus and it's quite a project! The staff warns you and actually apologizes for the noise you might encounter! (southern charm!) And speaking of charming...the staff that we met while on the UK campus were some of the friendliest we've seen. To a person there was a greeting and a smile which truly made for a wonderful visit day.

1  Thank JillL1963
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We toured the grounds and were very impressed. There is lots of activity going on at all times. The grounds are really clean and laid out well. The area itself is beautiful.

Thank lovetravel2
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Very nice stadium. The people very friendly. If you stay at the Campbell House it is within walking distance. Enjoyed the game very much!

Thank gmann1
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