University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky
Latin: Universitas Kentuckiensis
Motto See blue.
Established 1865
Type Flagship
Endowment $992 million[1]
President Eli Capilouto
Provost Tim Tracy
Administrative staff
12,430 FTE (2013)[2]
Students 29,385 (2013–14)[2]
Undergraduates 21,441 (2013–14)[3]
Postgraduates 6,994 (2013–14)[3]
Location Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Campus Urban, 784 acres (3.17 km2)[4]
Colors Blue and white[5]
Athletics NCAA Division ISEC
Sports 21 varsity teams[6]
Nickname Wildcats
Mascot "The Wildcat," "Scratch"[6][7]
Affiliations APLU
Website .edu.ukywww

The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public co-educational university in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by Isaiah Giles as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky,[8] the university is one of the state's two land-grant universities (the other being Kentucky State University), the largest college or university in the state, with 29,385[2] students as of Fall 2013, and the highest ranked research university in the state according to U.S. News and World Report.[4][9]

The institution comprises 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four professional programs.[10] The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus. The largest is William T. Young Library, a federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences, humanities, and life sciences collections. In recent years, the university has focused expenditures increasingly on research, following a compact formed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1997. The directive mandated that the university become a Top 20 public research institution, in terms of an overall ranking to be determined by the university itself, by the year 2020.[11]


  • History 1
    • University origins 1.1
    • Coeducational school: Modern period 1.2
    • Contemporary history 1.3
  • Academics 2
    • Departments 2.1
    • Honors program 2.2
    • SECU: SEC Academic Initiative 2.3
  • Student life 3
    • Students 3.1
    • Student government 3.2
    • Student media 3.3
    • Greek life 3.4
    • Athletics 3.5
  • Campus 4
    • Campus libraries 4.1
    • Campus landmarks 4.2
  • Notable alumni 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


University origins

In the early commonwealth of Kentucky, higher education was limited to a number of children from prominent families, disciplined apprentices, and those young men seeking entry into clerical, legal, and medical professions. As the first university in the territory that would become Kentucky, Transylvania University was the primary center for education, and became the mother of what would become the University of Kentucky.

The early campus: Barker Hall in the center, the Main Building to the right, and a lake in the foreground where the Student Center was later built.

John Bryan Bowman founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky (A&M), a publicly chartered department of Kentucky University, after receiving federal support through the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act in 1865.[8] Courses were offered at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.[12] Three years later, James Kennedy Patterson became the first president of the land-grant university and the first degree was awarded. In 1876, the university began to offer Master's degree programs. Two years later, A&M separated from Kentucky University, which is now Transylvania University.[12] For the new school, Lexington donated a 52 acre (210,000 m²) park and fair ground, which became the core of UK's present campus.[12] A&M was initially a male-only institution, but began to admit women in 1880.[8]

In 1892, the official colors of the university, royal blue and white, were adopted. An earlier color set, blue and light yellow, was adopted earlier at a Kentucky-Centre College football game on December 19, 1891.[6] The particular hue of blue was determined from a necktie, which was used to demonstrate the color of royal blue.[6]

On February 15, 1882, Administration Building was the first building of three completed on the present campus.[12] Three years later, the college formed the Agricultural Experiment Station, which research issues relating to agribusiness, food processing, nutrition, water and soil resources and the environment.[13] This was followed up by the creation of the university's Agricultural Extension service in 1910, which was one of the first in the United States.[14] The extension service became a model of the federally mandated programs that were required beginning in 1914.[8]

Coeducational school: Modern period

Patterson Hall, shortly after its 1904 opening

Patterson Hall, the school's first women's dormitory, was constructed in 1904. Residents had to cross a swampy depression, where The Student Center now stands, to reach central campus.[8] Four years later, the school's name was changed to the "State University, Lexington, Kentucky" upon reaching university status, and then to the "University of Kentucky" in 1916.[8] The University led to the creation of the College of Home Economics in 1916, and Mary E. Sweeney was promoted from chair of the Department of Home Economics to Dean of the College. (Later renamed the College of Human Environmental Sciences, this educational unit was folded into the College of Agriculture in 2003 as the School of Human Environmental Sciences). The College of Commerce was established in 1925, known today as the Gatton College of Business and Economics.[14]

In 1929, Memorial Hall was completed, dedicated to the 2,756 Kentuckians who died in World War I.[12] This was followed up by the new King Library, which opened in 1931 and was named for a long-time library director, Margaret I. King.[12] The university became racially integrated in 1949 when Lyman T. Johnson, an African American, won a lawsuit to be admitted to the graduate program.[15][16]

In 1939, Governor Happy Chandler appointed the first woman trustee on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, Georgia M. Blazer of Ashland.[17] She served from 1939 to 1960. In 1962, Blazer Hall was opened as the Georgia M Blazer Hall [dormitory] for Women in tribute to her twenty-one years of service as a University of Kentucky trustee.[18][19]

Ground was broken for the Albert B. Chandler Hospital in 1955,when Governor of Kentucky Happy Chandler recommended that the Kentucky General Assembly appropriate $5 million for the creation of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a medical center at the university.[20] This was completed after a series of studies were conducted that highlighted the health needs of the citizens, as well as the need to train more physicians for the state. Five years later, the College of Medicine and College of Nursing opened, followed by the College of Dentistry in 1962.[14]

Nine years after the founding of The Northern Extension Center in Covington, representing the Ashland Independent School Board of Education,[21] Ashland attorney Henderson Dysard and Ashland Oil & Refining Company founder and CEO Paul G. Blazer presented a proposal to President Dickey and the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees for the University to take over the day-to-day operations and curriculum of the Ashland [municipal] Junior College, creating the Ashland Center of the University of Kentucky in 1957.[22] University of Kentucky Extension Centers in Fort Knox (1958), Cumberland (1960), and Henderson (1960) followed.

In 1959, the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce opened and began training professionals at the masters and doctoral level for careers in international affairs. The program was the vision of UK's first president James Kennedy Patterson who had identified the need for the United States to develop a cadre of professionals to advance its diplomatic and commercial interests around the globe. Patterson bequeathed his entire estate to establish this entity.

Authorized by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed by Governor Bert Combs on March 6, 1962, a mandate was placed upon the University of Kentucky to form a community college system.[12] Two years later, the Board of Trustees implements the legislation and established the Community College System, creating centers in Covington, Ashland, Fort Knox, Cumberland, Henderson and Elizabethtown. In 1969, the Patterson Office Tower was completed, currently the tallest building on campus.

Miller Hall

In May 1970, students at the university began protesting the shootings at Kent State University.[12][23] In response, Governor Louie Nunn deferred to the National Guard in an attempt to disperse the protesters. An outdated ROTC building was destroyed by fire. The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries has 13 oral history interviews with participants in the protests, university officials as well as former governor Nunn. Nine years later, the Singletary Center for the Arts opened, named in honor of former university president Otis Singletary.[12] In 1979, the University of Kentucky hosted the first Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which is now the longest-running conference of its kind. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is now in its 31st year.

Contemporary history

The engineering plaza.

In 1997, the

  • Official website
  • Official Athletics website

External links

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See also

The University of Kentucky boasts seven governors, including current Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and William Lipscomb, 1976 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.[12]

The university has over 140,246 alumni in the state of Kentucky,[74] 216,737 in the United States,[75] and 1,119 internationally.[76] The University of Kentucky Alumni Association is the primary affiliation for former students and faculty, and is located at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The building, dedicated in 1963, is named for Helen G. King, the first permanent director of the association and was former "Miss University of Kentucky". The association also meets at Spindletop Hall, a large mansion along Iron Works Pike, which serves as a central alumni gathering point.[77]

Notable alumni

The University of Kentucky has several noteworthy landmarks:

Campus landmarks

  • Special Collections and Digital Programs
  • William T. Young Library
UK Arboretum
  • Agricultural Information Center
  • Chemistry-Physics Library
  • Design Library
  • Distance Learning Library Services
  • Education Library
  • Law Library
  • Library Link at the Patterson Office Tower
  • Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center
  • Medical Center Library
  • Science Library (Merger of the Chemistry/Physics Library, the Mathematical Sciences Library, and the Geological Sciences Library and Map Collection)
  • Shaver Engineering Library

The University of Kentucky is home to 15 campus libraries.[73] Among them is the William T. Young Library, which houses the university's social sciences, humanities and life sciences collections; the library also acts as a federal depository and a public library for the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Campus libraries

Funkhouser Building

The College of Engineering currently operates a satellite campus in Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.[72]

The University of Kentucky once operated 14 community colleges with more than 100 extended sites, centers and campuses under the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, but relinquished control under the Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997.[71] The network of community colleges is now known as the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Adjoining Lexington Community College, despite the reorganization of the community colleges, remained integrated with the university, but separated from the University of Kentucky in 2004 and became a part of KCTCS.

The university campus is home to numerous notable structures, such as Main Building, a four-story administration building dating to 1882,[12] which was gutted by fire on May 15, 2001. The cause of the blaze was attributed to a welders torch during repairs to the building's roof. Total costs for reconstruction after the fire exceeded $17 million. The Patterson Office Tower is the tallest building on campus. The university is also home to several major construction projects, including the Albert B. Chandler Hospital expansion.

The University of Kentucky offers seven main dining facilities, 23 residence halls, and numerous recreation facilities spread between three distinct campuses: north, south, and central. It is also home to more than 250 student-run organizations. The annual cost per student to reside in the dormitories at the University of Kentucky in 2012 was $4,135.[70]

Completed in 1998, the William T. Young Library serves both the university campus and the Commonwealth of Kentucky


Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement, convocation and athletic games is the University of Kentucky fight song: On, On, U of K.[69] Additionally, the song Kentucky Fight[69] is played before games.

The University of Kentucky football coach is Mark Stoops, named the successor to Joker Phillips, who was the first African American football coach in Kentucky's history.

Other athletic programs sponsored at the varsity level include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country running, football, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, the coeducational sport of rifle, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field and women's volleyball.[68] The school also has a popular club-level men's ice hockey team and a rugby program that competes at the Division 1 level.

Pregame of 2005 Kentucky vs. Auburn game.

The university boasts of numerous national championships, with its latest coming in 2012 when the men's basketball team won its eighth national title. UK also lost to UConn in the 2014 championship game. UK also boasts of a cross country national team championship (women's, 1988), eight individual championships in gymnastics, an Olympic medalist in track and field, and 19 national championships in cheerleading.[25] After defeating number-one ranked Oklahoma 13-7 in the Sugar Bowl under legendary coach Bear Bryant, Kentucky is also an NCAA-recognized co-national champion for the 1950 season.

On December 21, 2009, the men's basketball team reached another milestone, becoming the first college basketball team to reach 2000 all-time wins. The 2000th win was an 88–44 victory over the Drexel University Dragons. Kentucky was also the first school to reach the 1000 all-time wins, which they accomplished in 1969.

In 1930, then-high school coach Adolph Rupp was hired as a basketball coach for the university. He had a career that would span 42 years until 1972.[12] During his tenure, he led the men's basketball team to four NCAA championships in 1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958.[67] The Wildcats later won a fifth championship under Joe B. Hall in 1978, another in 1996 under Rick Pitino and the next under Orlando "Tubby" Smith in 1998.[67] In 2007, the University of Kentucky named Billy Gillispie as the head coach of the men's basketball team and on March 30, 2009, the University named John Calipari as the head coach of the Wildcats. Calipari coached the team to its eighth national title in 2012.

Beginning in the 1890s, students at the A&M scheduled football games with neighboring colleges.[67] In 1902, the women's basketball program began on campus,[67] and the men's team was added one year later. The "Wildcats" became associated with the university shortly after a football victory over Illinois on October 9, 1909.[6] The then-chief of the military department, Commandant Carbuiser, stated that the team had "fought like wildcats." The slogan was later adopted by the university, and a costumed mascot debuted in 1976.[6]

University of Kentucky student-athletes compete as the Wildcats under colors Kentucky blue and white.

The Kentucky cheerleaders at Rupp Arena performing the traditional "Big K" cheer during a basketball game. Seating Capacity of Rupp Arena is 23,500.


Fraternities Sororities

Nineteen National Panhellenic Conference for sororities and the Interfraternity Council for the fraternities.[66]

Greek life

The campus is also served by the Kentucky Kernel, a student-run, financially independent daily newspaper, with the first issue published in 1915.[63][64] The official yearbook of the University of Kentucky is the Kentuckian, first published in 1906.[12] The Kentuckian was preceded by at least one previous book, the Echo.

In 1971, WBKY was one of the first to carry NPR's "All Things Considered" and helped debut National Public Radio, changing its call letters to WUKY in 1989 to better reflect its affiliation with the university. In 2007, it became the first Lexington radio station to broadcast in high-definition digital radio.[61] The second is 88.1 FM WRFL which has been in operation since 1988.[62] WRFL is operated by students and broadcasts live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and features music that is spread across most genres.

Students currently run two independent FM stations. The first, 91.3 FM WUKY, is an Triple-A station and was the first university-owned FM radio station in the United States and Kentucky's first public radio station.[61] The operations started on October 17, 1940 as WBKY out of Beattyville, although the station moved five years later to Lexington.[61]

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was the home of one of the earliest college amateur radio stations in the United States, beginning with W4JP that began continuous operation prior to World War I.[59] In 1927, the station was relicensed as 9JL (later W9JL).[60]

Student media

Several distinguished Student Body Presidents include Governor Steve Beshear,[56] Supreme Court winning attorney Carson Porter,[57] and Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman.[58]

  • Legacy: a resource to help students create a lasting legacy on campus[47]
  • Cat's Cruiser: a late night transportation service designed to enhance the safety efforts of the University and surrounding community in partnership with Lextran.[48]
  • Safe CATS: provides UK students with a safer way to travel around campus by having SafeCats team members escort students to their destinations on-foot or by golf cart[49]
  • Student Legal Services: free on-site consultation for any legal issue by a local attorney[50]
  • Tally Cats: an attendance-based incentive program for students that provides rewards for attending and participating in on-campus events.[51]
  • Wildcat Interest Group: a governmental relations division to promote civic engagement and lobby for University students locally and federally, including internship opportunities[52]
  • Childcare Grants: available for part-time and full-time UK students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, who need financial assistance for day-care service for their children.[53]
  • Scholarships[54]
  • Student Organization Funding: General Funding Grants, Club Sports Grants, Service Grants, and Senate Special Projects[55]

Several of their current programs include:

The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) represents all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the University in several critical ways. UKSGA exists to increase student influence over academic policy and to provide many helpful, creative and necessary student services. UKSGA also exists to protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights with the University and surrounding municipalities. Finally, UKSGA exists to better represent the student body in relations with faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.[46]

Student government

In fall 2013, the University of Kentucky boasted record high new student enrollment with 4,619 first-year students with an average ACT Composite score of 25.3. Also at a record high is the number of African-American, Hispanic, international and out-of-state students.[45] The University of Kentucky strives for a diverse and international student population, with a selective admissions process.

Memorial Hall


Student life

In 2013, the University of Kentucky participated in the SEC Symposium in UGA Bioenergy Systems Research Institute. The topic of the Symposium was titled, the "Impact of the Southeast in the World's Renewable Energy Future."[44]

The University of Kentucky is a member of the SEC Academic Consortium. Now renamed the SECU, the initiative was a collaborative endeavor designed to promote research, scholarship and achievement amongst the member universities in the Southeastern conference. The SECU formed its mission to serve as a means to bolster collaborative academic endeavors of Southeastern Conference universities. Its goals include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty, students and its universities and advancing the academic reputation of SEC universities.[42][43]

SECU: SEC Academic Initiative

The Honors Program at the University of Kentucky began in 1961. It offers interdisciplinary, seminar-style classes of 15-20 students each as well as "H-section" classes that accelerate common course offerings such as chemistry, biology, and physics. The program is intended to supplement the individual interests of the students. Students are offered priority registration, dedicated advising, the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research from their first semesters on campus, and are directed to other honorific programs of excellence, including the Chellgren Fellows program, the Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities, the University Scholars Program (which allows simultaneous undergraduate and graduate study), and external scholarship opportunities. Additionally, students are offered assistance with fellowship applications, scholarship applications, study abroad opportunities, and/or service learning interests, among other things.[41]

Honors program

Other colleges no longer in existence at the University of Kentucky include the College of Library Science (separating out of the College of Arts & Sciences in 1968 and incorporated in 2003 into what is now the College of Communication and Information) and the College of Home Economics (created in 1916 and whose founding dean was Mary E. Sweeney) now a School of Human Environmental Sciences located within the College of Agriculture.[40]

Students enrolled at the University who have no affiliation with a particular college are assigned to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the advising unit, Undergraduate Studies, in the Division of Undergraduate Education.

The Biological-Pharmaceutical Building is home to the College of Pharmacy

Students are divided into several colleges based on their interests and specializations:

Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four professional programs.[10] The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus. The largest is William T. Young Library, a federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences, humanities and life sciences collections. In recent years, the university has focused expenditures increasingly on research, following a compact formed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1997. The directive mandated that the university become a Top 20 public research institution, in terms of an overall ranking to be determined by the university itself, by the year 2020.[11]

University rankings
Forbes[33] 257
U.S. News & World Report[34] 129
Washington Monthly[35] 206
ARWU[36] 250
QS[37] 401-450
Times[38] 301-350



The University of Kentucky currently has an endowment of $831.8 million, as of 2007.[32] Prior endowments were $538.4 million in 2005 and $195.1 million in 1997, the rapid increases partially attributed to the "Top 20" Plan.[28] Currently, the William T. Young Library book endowment is the largest among public universities in the United States.[25] The University of Kentucky hosts the annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. The 2008 conference (April 17–19) was the 61st annual.

According to the Statewide Facilities Condition Assessment Report released on April 4, 2007, the University needs $12.5 billion to complete the 1997 mandate to become a "Top 20" institution.[31]

In 2000, to help finance the "Top 20" plan, the university launched "The Campaign for the University of Kentucky", a $600 million fundraising effort that was used to "enhance facilities, academic programs, public service, and scholarships."[25] It passed that goal and the effort was raised to $1 billion. In March 2007, $1.022 billion was raised, months before the fundraising effort was set to end.[30]

  1. Total enrollment increased from 24,061 in 1996 to 26,440 in 2004, an increase of 2,379.
  2. The six-year graduation rate increased from 59.5 percent in 1998 to 61.2 percent in 2007.[29]
  3. Research expenditures increased from $124.8 million in 1996 to $297.6 million in 2003.[28] It dipped slightly to $274 million for 2005.[25] It is currently ranked 28th among public universities in sponsored research.[25]
  4. Endowment increased from $195.1 million in 1997 to $538.4 million in 2005.

The "Top 20" plan has already produced results,[28]

  1. Increase enrollment by 7,000 students to 34,000;
  2. Increase the state's highest graduation rate by 12% to 72%;
  3. Increase the number of faculty by 625 to total 2,500;
  4. Increase research expenditures by $470 million to total $768 million per year; and
  5. Increase the university's role in Kentucky's "schools, farms, businesses and communities."

As part of the "Top 20" plan, the university plans to,[11]

The Main Building in the foreground and the Patterson Office Tower in the background

In 1997, the Kentucky General Assembly formed a compact with the university. The Top 20 Plan mandates that the University of Kentucky becomes a Top 20 public research university by 2020.[11] According to the compact, states with "Top 20" universities feature higher average household incomes, higher education attainments, healthier lives and more financial security.[28] As a result, fewer citizens live in poverty and as a result, fewer public dollars are spent on health care.[11] The plan would also spur technological advancements due to university-based research and increase the marketability of the state to investors.

The Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building complements the adjacent Biomedical Biological Science Research Building, and is expected to be part of the new university research campus.[27] Other recent announcements include the construction of the new $450 million Albert B. Chandler Hospital, which will was one of the largest projects in the state's history in terms of size and economic impact.[20]

The Chemistry-Physics Building

On April 3, 1998, work began on the William T. Young Library, which was the largest university project at the time of completion.[24] The six-level William T. Young Library was constructed on south campus and the largest book endowment among all public university libraries in the country.[25] Nine-years later, on April 13, 2007, an entire city block of neighborhood homes were demolished and ground was broken for the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building, the largest academic building in the state of Kentucky, and one of the largest in the United States.[26]

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