LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2023) — Once again setting a record for first-year enrollment, the University of Kentucky is beginning its Fall 2023 semester. With more than 6,000 new students beginning their college careers, UK’s mission of teaching, research, service and health care is more expansive, and more critical to advancing Kentucky, than ever.
Entering his 13th year of overseeing the Commonwealth’s flagship and land-grant research university, Eli Capilouto talks with UK’s Amy Timoney about his outlook and optimism for the new school year, the foundational goals that are needed for student success, the issues and challenges the university must come together to face, and more.
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As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.
In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.