Behind the Blue: What to Expect for New UK Students


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2016)  The 2016 fall semester has arrived at the University of Kentucky, and with it, the beginning steps for thousands of new students preparing to make their mark on the world. For these students, those beginning steps take them through K Week, the fall welcome week for all new undergraduates at the university. K Week is nine days of more than 200 programs and events designed to welcome students and kick off the fall semester, and with events like Big Blue U, Campus Ruckus, pancake meals and water balloon fights, many students remember K Week as one of their favorite times of their first year.

This is the second of a two-part series taking a look at the college transition for both students and families. Last week, Nancy Stephens, from UK’s New Student and Family Programs, discussed the college transition for families and parents. This week, it’s a look at “What to Expect as a New UK Student."

Trent Patrick, a K Week coordinator, and Loretta Stafford, a UK 101 peer instructor liaison, offer insight on everything from how to make the most of the K Week experience, to things to experience both on and off campus, to setting yourself up to succeed during your first year and beyond at UK.

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