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Learning the Ways of the Wildcat at “see blue.” U 2017

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2017) — How does one learn how to be a Wildcat? Beginning today, incoming students will be getting their first lesson as the University of Kentucky kicks off "see blue." U Orientations! During "see blue." U, they will meet with current students, hear from campus offices and organizations, explore campus and register for fall 2017 classes!

Twelve two-day "see blue." U Orientations this summer will welcome incoming freshmen: three will focus solely on transfer students, two will focus specifically on readmission students, and two will focus on international incoming freshman and transfer students.

“The summer is always one of the most exciting times of the year as we welcome the newest members of the UK family and their guests to campus for “see blue.” U Orientation," said Stephen Barnett, senior associate director of admission and senior associate registrar. "Our team enjoys the opportunity to assist our students as they begin their transition to UK and share with them the many opportunities and resources available to them. This year as we focus our efforts and programming surrounding the four pillars of academic excellence, we will be ensuring that all students and their families understand how the campus community will foster success and prepare students for graduation and beyond.”

Day one of “see blue. U offers a comprehensive introduction to UK. After a welcome and presentation of the Four Pillars of Academic Excellence, students will connect with other incoming Wildcats, take foreign language placement exams, and attend a resource fair and interest sessions. Students will have opportunities to talk to representatives from many on-campus organizations to learn about campus and ask questions. Topics will include everything from navigating the university’s academic offerings and learning tips for success in the classroom to learning about on-campus living and engagement opportunities to utilizing resources for health and financial wellness.

Students aren’t the only ones learning how to be a Wildcat during “see blue.” U. Families and guests will also be getting immersed in the Big Blue Nation with college presentations and programming designed specifically for this group. The day will conclude with the opportunity for students, parents and guests to explore downtown Lexington, which will include sightseeing, shopping, dining and enjoying the city on a summer night.

Day two of orientation will introduce students to academic life at UK through advising and registration. They will attend advising sessions specific to the college of their major and plan and register for their first semester of classes as a Wildcat!

Afterward, students and their families will have the opportunity to tour two different residence halls for a preview of their future homes. The two residence hall tours include Boyd Hall and Roselle Hall, and tours will last from noon-2 p.m. For those curious about the two-bedroom suite, four-bedroom suite or two-bedroom deluxe suite, Boyd Hall will feature those options, while Roselle Hall will offer the four-person suite. Additionally, students can see a kitchen, study room and laundry room in either building.

Students, families and guests needing lodging during orientation dates have the opportunity to stay overnight in Jewel Hall in a two-bedroom suite for $35 a night per person. Learn more and book a room at

Those attending "see blue." U are encouraged to hashtag #UK2021 on social media platforms to share their "see blue." experience. It is recommended that "see blue." U attendees download the "see blue." U Orientation application on any iOS, Android or Web accessible device.

The UK community is thrilled to welcome incoming students during “see blue.” U and offers advice on how to thrive as a Wildcat in the playlist above. Hearing from President Eli Capilouto; current students; alumni, such as Randall Cobb; and recent graduates provides a glimpse into campus life and invokes excitement for the upcoming school year!

For more information or to register for an orientation, visit, email, call 859-257-3256 or follow @seeblueU on Twitter.