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Your moment as a Wildcat begins now

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2022) — There are those moments.

Perhaps they seem small at first.

The first time in a classroom, either as a student or a teacher. The first time on campus or at a game. The first all-nighter in the library. The first opportunity to explore new places and spaces in town or across the campus. The first new friend, club or new experience.

Or the first moment you know. 

It’s that time you find your passion and your calling. The spark of an idea or the goal of a career that ignites something within you, to push a little further … try a little harder. 

A challenge to discover and serve, heal and support … to solve problems … create hope … offer answers.

Small moments, but taken together and over time, almost imperceptibly, they add up to something.

Moments become lifetimes.

At UK, we embrace moments. 

We know they add up to something special — taken together, they help sustain and foster a community with a sense of momentum behind its mission to advance the state we were created to serve.

There are those moments.

Make the most of them.

Embrace them.

Welcome to the first day of a new semester. 

We will discover moments together.


Watch the video above to experience some of the moments our students relish the most during their time at the University of Kentucky. 

This is a photo of Lewis Honors College Students on the UK Campus.
This is a photo of students on the University of Kentucky campus.
This is a photo of Move in at Woodland Glen III on August 15, 2022.

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.