University of Kentucky

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,135
1.13% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$19,831
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.36%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
96.4%
19,648 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
29,986
87.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
66%
3,363 Graduates

About

University of Kentucky is a higher education institution located in Fayette County, KY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Kentucky were General Marketing & Marketing Management (329 degrees awarded), General Business (320 degrees), and Registered Nursing (298 degrees).

In 2020, 8,401 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Kentucky. 56% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,270 degrees), 12.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (493 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Kentucky is $11,135, which is $−17,494 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Kentucky is $11,135, which is $−17,494 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,831.

In 2020, 88% of undergraduate students attending University of Kentucky received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 39% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,135
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of Kentucky was $11,135. The cost of tuition at University of Kentucky is $−17,494 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$19,831
2020 Value
4.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of Kentucky had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,831. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of Kentucky grew by 4.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,210
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Kentucky was of $13,210 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.09% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
39%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

88% of undergraduate students at University of Kentucky received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 4.76% with respect to 2019, when 84% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.36%
2018 Default Rate
219
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of Kentucky was 4.36%, which represents 219 out of the 5024 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Kentucky received 19,648 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.74% annual growth. Out of those 19,648 applicants, 18,932 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 96.4% acceptance rate.

There were 29,986 students enrolled at University of Kentucky in 2020, and 23% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Kentucky has an overall enrollment yield of 25.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

96.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
18,932
Accepted Out of 19,648

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Kentucky was 96.4% (18,932 admissions from 19,648 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 95.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 4.74%, while admissions grew by 5.29%.

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SAT Scores

23%
Submission Percentage
1,113
Scores Submitted

23% of enrolled first-time students at University of Kentucky in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Kentucky has a total enrollment of 29,986 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Kentucky is 26,244 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,742. This means that 87.5% of students enrolled at University of Kentucky are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Kentucky, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.3% White, 6.9% Black or African American, 5.2% Hispanic or Latino, 3.45% Two or More Races, 3.33% Asian, 0.173% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Kentucky in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.2%), followed by White Male (31.7%) and Black or African American Female (4.12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.1%), followed by White Male (27.4%) and Black or African American Female (4.11%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Kentucky, both undergraduate and graduate, is 29,986 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Kentucky is 26,244 and the part-time enrollment is 3,742. This means that 87.5% of students enrolled at University of Kentucky are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Kentucky was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), University of Kentucky had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    21,992
  2. Black or African American
    2,068
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,558

The enrolled student population at University of Kentucky is 73.3% White, 6.9% Black or African American, 5.2% Hispanic or Latino, 3.45% Two or More Races, 3.33% Asian, 0.173% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1003 more women than men received degrees from University of Kentucky. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Kentucky is white (6,270 degrees awarded). There were 12.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (493 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Kentucky is General Marketing & Marketing Management (329 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (320 degrees) and Registered Nursing (298 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Kentucky, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (73 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), and Math & Statistics (176 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Software developers (396,770 people), Other managers (352,662 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (319,551 people), Civil engineers (249,745 people), and Mechanical engineers (182,489 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Library Science (73 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), Math & Statistics (176 degrees), Engineering (666 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (99 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Library Science (73 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), Math & Statistics (176 degrees), Engineering (666 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (99 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Computer Systems Design (448,847 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (421,328 people), Construction (280,086 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (258,968 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (199,987 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Library Science (73 degrees awarded), Agriculture (304 degrees), Math & Statistics (176 degrees), Engineering (666 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (99 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Kentucky.
Most Common
  1. 329 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 320 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 298 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Kentucky was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 329 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,699
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
4,702
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,699 degrees were awarded to men at University of Kentucky, which is 0.787 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,702).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 251 degrees were awarded to men at University of Kentucky in General Business, which is 1.28 times more than the 196 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 271 degrees were awarded to women at University of Kentucky in Registered Nursing, which is 6.61 times more than the 41 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%
100% Completion Time
66%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 44% of students graduating from University of Kentucky completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 67% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (81.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Kentucky is Female and Asian (81.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.08% of graduates (70 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,270 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    493 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    344 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Kentucky is white (6,270 degrees awarded). There were 12.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (493 degrees).

3.95% of degree recipients (332 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    3,576 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,694 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    303 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Kentucky is white female (3,576 degrees awarded). There were 1.33 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,694 degrees).

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Operations

University of Kentucky has an endowment valued at nearly $1.37B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $28.5M (2.08%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, University of Kentucky had a total salary expenditure of $3.64B. University of Kentucky employs 454 Professors, 415 Associate professors, and 346 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Kentucky are Male Professors (334), Male Associate professors(241), and Female Assistant professors (196).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Kentucky are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1510 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1346 employees, and Service with 677 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.37B
2020 Endowment
1.45%
decline from 2019

University of Kentucky has an endowment valued at about $1.37B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Kentucky declined 1.45% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.06B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $300M - Federal
  2. $111M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, University of Kentucky received $300M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $111M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$1.68B
2020 Salaries
5.5%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of Kentucky paid a median of $1.68B in salaries, which represents 46.1% of their overall expenditure ($3.64B) and a 5.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.95% growth from 2018 and a 5.23% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$152M
Instructional Salaries
1,428
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of Kentucky paid a total of $152M to 1,428 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.04% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
454 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1510 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Kentucky were Professor with 454 employees; Associate professor with 415 employees; and Associate professor with 346 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Kentucky were Office and Administrative Support with 1,510 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,346 employees; and Service with 677 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Kentucky was Male Professor with 334 employees, Male Associate professor with 241 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 196 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of Kentucky.

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