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New Year, New Possibilities at the University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2021) — It's the first day of the 2021-22 academic year at the University of Kentucky. 

A new year means new possibilities. New opportunities for learning and growth. 

New friendships.

New chances to step up and step out to explore new things.

New horizons to explore and, as a Wildcat, always the responsibility to meet the moment and whatever it brings. After all, that is what we do.

Welcome to the start of a new year.

Welcome home. We are excited to be back together as a community. Please watch the video above to learn how members of the University of Kentucky community have been working hard to prepare for this day! 


Campus Ruckus on August 19, 2021. Photo by Pete Comparoni | UKphoto
UK Students Head to Campus Ruckus on August 19, 2021.
Students pose for a photo at the Ky. Kernel booth during Campus Ruckus on August 19, 2021.

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.