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Volunteers needed for Big Blue Move-In

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 17, 2023) — The University of Kentucky anticipates the largest Big Blue Move-In in the institution’s history. Over four days in August, nearly 7,000 first-time freshmen and transfer students will move into our residence halls to begin their first semester at UK.  

UK’s primary goal is student success. Move-in is an opportunity for faculty, staff and the larger community to come together and make an immediate impact. We hope you will consider volunteering. A simple smile and a "Welcome to UK!" can set the tone for a student's entire academic yea(*in keeping with high clinical volumes and your commitment to patient care, UK HealthCare employees are not expected to volunteer). 

Big Blue Move-In will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Aug. 13-16. We need your help in welcoming our students, their families and friends. Our goal is to make the move in experience at UK the best it can be. 

There are many volunteer opportunities — from traffic coordination to staffing information and welcome tables, helping unload vehicles, greeting people upon arrival and assisting with clean up at the end of the day — there is something for everyone.  Any individual or group interested in being part of Big Blue Move-In and helping UK create a great first impression for students and their families can learn more here. 

Those interested can sign up here

After signing up, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your date(s), time(s) and location.  

In addition to regular volunteers, the Big Blue Move-In planning team is seeking supervisors to volunteer as Team Leads. Team Leads will work at least one four-hour shift during Big Blue Move-In. Shifts run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and noon to 4:30 p.m. during Big Blue Move-In days. If interested, please email directly with the date(s) and shift(s) you are available. 

If you have any questions or concerns about move-in, please contact  

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.