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University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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About University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky, also known as UK, is a public co-educational university. It was founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky.

The university is the largest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by enrollment, with 28,094 students as of Fall 2011, and is also the highest ranked research university in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report. Currently, it has 20,099 undergraduate students with an additional 7,127 graduate students.

Campus information

The campus has 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 Patterson Office Tower is the tallest building on campus. The university is also home to several major construction projects, including the new Albert B. Chandler Hospital and the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building, which will be the largest academic building in the state. 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. 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 College of Engineering currently operates a satellite campus in Paducah, located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Campus Libraries

The University of Kentucky is home to 15 campus libraries: 

  • 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 Special Collections and Digital Programs 
  • William T. Young Library. 

The campus is located at south of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Major routes into town are marked with UK logo signs leading to campus. The main entrance to the campus is Administration Drive off of South Limestone. The Visitor Center is located in the Main Building on Administration Drive. The campus has designated bicycle lanes, paths, and parking areas. Campus is divided roughly into three parts. North campus contains primarily residence halls. Central campus is home to classrooms and offices, the W. T. Young Library, the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, and the King Library. South campus contains additional residence halls, athletic and recreational facilities, the Chandler Medical Center, and the College of Agriculture.

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