Campus News

A Special Message From UK President Eli Capilouto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2020) — In the midst of this rapidly evolving, challenging time, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto shared a special video message with the entire campus community.

Watch Capilouto's message above. 

For the most up-to-date information regarding UK's plans and preparedness in addressing challenges surrounding COVID-19, please go to the university's special micro site at  

photo of campus from downtown
Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

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.