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University of Kentucky Recognizes Largest Freshman Class in History

UK recognizes largest freshmen class in history.
UK recognizes largest freshmen class in history. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2019) — As we kick off a new academic year, the University of Kentucky has undeniable momentum — historic grants to solve some of our biggest challenges, service in every county of the state, and a health care enterprise named the best in Kentucky four years running.

But students and their success are the focus of everything that we do. They represent Kentucky’s future and the notion that anything is possible when we ignite the passions of our students.

As a result of the hard work of admissions counselors, faculty, staff and countless others, the Fall 2019 class will be the largest incoming one in UK's history.

This historic class is comprised of about 5,400 students. Students at UK come from all 120 counties of the Commonwealth, 50 states and more than 100 countries.

This past Saturday, at the first home football game of the season, we honored these newest members of our community — along with all those students, some 30,000 strong, who make this campus such a special place.

Collectively, these students from every part of our state and world represent what is wildly strong and possible at the University of Kentucky. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.