University of Kentucky: Narrative Description

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Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Tel: (859)257-9000
Admissions: (859)257-2000
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1865. Setting: 685-acre urban campus with easy access to Cincinnati and Louisville. Endowment: $491.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $187.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,365 per student. Total enrollment: 25,686. Faculty: 1,695 (1,198 full-time, 497 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 10,604 applied, 79% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 55% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 35 National Merit Scholars, 157 valedictorians. Full-time: 16,595 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 1,839 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 91 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 10% 25 or older, 31% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Academic Common Market, University of Florida. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/15. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents for certain programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4602 full-time, $192 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,382 full-time, $475 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $563 full-time, $15.55 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $4735. College room only: $3085. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 305 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 12% of eligible men and 18% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Campus Progressive Coalition, Ski and Snowboard Club, Society of Women Engineers. Major annual events: Homecoming, Student Center Night, Cultural Diversity Festival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,600 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. William T. Young Library plus 15 others with 3.1 million books, 6.3 million microform titles, 29,633 serials, 86,690 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $20.4 million. 1,400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lexington is located in the famous Bluegrass area of Kentucky. It is centrally located with Louisville 80 miles to the west and Cincinnati 90 miles to the north. Travel is made easier with close access to Interstates 75 and 64. The Mountain Parkway connects the Bluegrass with eastern Kentucky, and the Bluegrass Parkway links the western part of the State and Interstate 65. Lexington, known throughout the world as the home of the thoroughbred, attracts thousands of horse fans and buyers each year. Keeneland, a thoroughbred race track, and the famous trotting track, the Red Mile draw racing fans. The thoroughbred is not Lexington's only equine citizen; the standardbred, the quarterhorse, the saddle horse, and the Arabian are some of the many other breeds that live on some of the world's most famous farms in the Bluegrass. Since 1974, Lexington has been governed by an urban county form of government. The Lexington-Fayette County population is approximately 250,000, and this second largest city in Kentucky has seen steady growth in population. Lexington is

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