Monday, December 19, 2016
Last Tuesday, our Board of Trustees adopted 2017-18 housing and dining rates.
Our housing and dining public private partnerships allows us to provide predictable and modest rates changes, and provides families much earlier the rates they will be paying for the next academic year. The partnership also ensures quality in terms of maintenance and upkeep for residence halls.
Additionally, our public private partnerships help facilitate the best possible experience for our students—in terms of the residential areas, dining areas, and academic support spaces within the housing and dining facilities. Our dining partnership is also increasing the quality of the dining experience, brands, locations, and the nutritional value of food options on UK’s campus.
We have seen the impact that the new residence halls have had on student success. Our research shows us that students are more likely to earn higher GPAs, be involved, and persist to graduation when they live on campus. Last year about 88 percent of first-year students lived on campus, even though we don’t have a mandatory on-campus living requirement like many colleges and universities.
The housing rates approved by the Board reflect the following for university-constructed facilities:
- 1.8 percent increase for the 2005 constructed residence halls
- 3.5 percent increase for Greek housing
- A range of zero to 1.8 percent for specialty apartments
- A range of zero to 9.4 percent for graduate apartments.
The 2017-18 housing rates for residence hall units constructed and managed by the university’s private partner reflect a 3.5 percent increase for 2017-18, with the exception of the two-bedroom deluxe suites that are not being increased. These housing rates are in compliance with the lease agreements.
The 2017-18 dining rates reflect a 3.2 percent increase for the minimum seven meals per week plan; a 3 percent change for the flexible block 100 plan; a 3.5 percent increase for the All You Care to Eat (AYCE) plan and the RA Block 100 plan; a 3.6 percent increase for the 14 meals per week plan; and a 4.8 percent increase for the 10 meals per week plan.
Through our dining partnership, more than $40 million has been invested in dining facility improvements across the campus over the past two-and-a-half years, all funded by our partner.
Housing and dining are both essential functions with a significant impact on student success. This link provides a summary of the 2017-18 housing and rates for each building: http://www.uky.edu/housing/undergraduate/applying-for-housing/rates17-18
Our promise to put students first in everything we do is supported by our partnerships.
Happiest of Holidays,
Eric N. Monday