University of Kentucky

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,496
2.21% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$18,693
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.68%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
94.9%
22,109 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
31,547
87.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
68.5%
3,427 Graduates

About

University of Kentucky is a higher education institution located in Fayette County, KY. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of Kentucky were General Marketing & Marketing Management (369 degrees awarded), General Business (352 degrees), and Registered Nursing (302 degrees).

In 2022, 8,890 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Kentucky. 60.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,689 degrees), 12.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (535 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Kentucky is $11,496, which is $−18,654 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of Kentucky is $11,496, which is $−18,654 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,693.

In 2022, 88% of undergraduate students attending University of Kentucky received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$11,496
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of Kentucky was $11,496. The cost of tuition at University of Kentucky is $−18,654 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$18,693
2022 Value
6.74%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of Kentucky had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,693. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of Kentucky grew by 6.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,000
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Kentucky was of $14,000 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.03% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

88%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
36%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

88% of undergraduate students at University of Kentucky received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2021, when 88% 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.
1.68%
2019 Default Rate
86
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of Kentucky was 1.68%, which represents 86 out of the 5109 total borrowers.

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Admissions

University of Kentucky received 22,109 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 1.91% annual growth. Out of those 22,109 applicants, 20,979 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.9% acceptance rate.

There were 31,547 students enrolled at University of Kentucky in 2022. 9% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Kentucky has an overall enrollment yield of 28.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
20,979
Accepted Out of 22,109

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Kentucky was 94.9% (20,979 admissions from 22,109 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 94%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 1.91%, while admissions grew by 2.86%..

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SAT Scores

9%
Submission Percentage (2022)
531
Scores Submitted (2022)

9% of enrolled first-time students at University of Kentucky in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Kentucky had a total enrollment of 31,547 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of Kentucky is 27,620 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,927. This means that 87.6% of students enrolled at University of Kentucky are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Kentucky, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.7% White, 7.03% Black or African American, 5.64% Hispanic or Latino, 3.72% Asian, 3.65% Two or More Races, 0.197% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0666% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Kentucky in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.3%), followed by White Male (31.5%) and Black or African American Female (4.01%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (43%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Black or African American Female (5.43%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Kentucky in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31,547 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Kentucky is 27,620 and the part-time enrollment is 3,927. This means that 87.6% of students enrolled at University of Kentucky are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%
2022 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 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of Kentucky had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    23,250 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    2,217 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,779 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of Kentucky is 73.7% White, 7.03% Black or African American, 5.64% Hispanic or Latino, 3.72% Asian, 3.65% Two or More Races, 0.197% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0666% 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 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 732 students (2.32%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,906 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 (6,689 degrees awarded). There were 12.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (535 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Kentucky is General Marketing & Marketing Management (369 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (352 degrees) and Registered Nursing (302 degrees).

In 2022,  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 (125 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (672 degrees), and Human Sciences (198 degrees).

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 (471,279 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (347,874 people), Other managers (346,410 people), Civil engineers (279,383 people), and Mechanical engineers (205,181 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Kentucky in 2022 are Library Science (125 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (672 degrees), Human Sciences (198 degrees), Engineering (653 degrees), and Math & Statistics (160 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 Podiatrists, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Library Science (125 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (672 degrees), Human Sciences (198 degrees), Engineering (653 degrees), and Math & Statistics (160 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (500,649 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (427,332 people), Elementary & secondary schools (312,219 people), Construction (288,499 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (271,612 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Kentucky are Library Science (125 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (672 degrees), Human Sciences (198 degrees), Engineering (653 degrees), and Math & Statistics (160 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (2022)
  1. 369 degrees awarded
  2. 352 degrees awarded
  3. 302 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Kentucky was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 369 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,492
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
5,398
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,492 degrees were awarded to men at University of Kentucky, which is 0.647 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,398).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 259 degrees were awarded to men at University of Kentucky in General Business, which is 1.15 times more than the 225 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 561 degrees were awarded to men at University of Kentucky in Social Work, which is 8.25 times more than the 68 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%
100% Completion Time
66%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 47% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (78.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of Kentucky is Female and Asian (78.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 3.27% of graduates (112 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    6,689 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    535 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    412 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Kentucky is white (6,689 degrees awarded). There were 12.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (535 degrees).

3.41% of degree recipients (303 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    4,101 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,588 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    372 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Kentucky is white female (4,101 degrees awarded). There were 1.58 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2588 degrees).

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Operations

University of Kentucky has an endowment valued at nearly $1.75B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−6.94%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, University of Kentucky had a total salary expenditure of 4.53B. University of Kentucky employs 428 Professors, 406 Associate professors and 316 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Kentucky are Male Professor (295), Male Associate professor (227), and Female Associate professor (179).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Kentucky are: Office and Administrative Support, with 1,420 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1,387 employees, and Management with 664 employees.

Endowment

$1.75B
2022 Endowment
5.88%
decline from 2021

University of Kentucky has an endowment valued at about $1.75B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Kentucky declined 5.88% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.38B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$1.98B
2022 Salaries
12.8%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of Kentucky paid a median of $1.98B in salaries, which represents 43.7% of their overall expenditure ($4.53B) and a 12.8% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$154M
Instructional Salaries
1,365
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of Kentucky paid a total of $154M to 1,365 employees working as instructors, which represents 7.77% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
428 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1,420 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Kentucky were Professor with 428 employees, Associate professor with 406 employees, and Assistant professor with 316 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Kentucky were Office and Administrative Support with 1,420 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,387 employees, and Management with 664 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Kentucky was Male Professor with 295 employees, Male Associate professor with 227 employees, and Female Associate professor with 179 employees.

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