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Big Blue Move-In 2022 — Welcome to the University of Kentucky!

A student on move-in day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo
A student on move-in day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2022) — Busy sidewalks, the sounds of the Wildcat Marching Band and laughter from students and their families is just around the corner, as the University of Kentucky welcomes more than 6,000 new students to campus for the first time.

In the next few weeks, new and returning students will begin making their way to campus for the beginning of a new academic year. This includes the nearly 86% of first-year students who will live on campus.

“We know students do better academically — in terms of grades, involvement on campus and retention — when they live on campus,” said Sarah Nikirk, executive director of Auxiliary Services. “We have tremendous momentum as a campus, reflected by the largest class in our history joining our community this fall. We are excited about what these students and newest members of our Wildcat community will bring to our campus.”

Most students will participate in Fall 2022 Big Blue Move-In 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, through Wednesday, Aug. 17, prior to the beginning of  K Week.

Nothing compares to the sense of community you feel when a new semester begins. The UK campus community, as well as parents and family members, are invited to join the university in welcoming students to campus. If you are interested in volunteering at move-in, you can find more information here.

In addition to being greeted by friendly volunteers, those moving in have access to hydration stations. UK Sustainability, in partnership with UK Campus Housing, UK Dining, UK Recycling and the Kentucky American Water Company, are piloting a hydration station program to reduce waste, especially from plastic water bottles. Located at the corner of Huguelet and University drives, the stations will provide chilled, filtered water and reusable water bottles to those participating in move-in.

Be aware of changes to parking and traffic flow during Big Blue Move-In chronicled here.

Find more information about Big Blue Move-In here.

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 $501 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.