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Big Blue Move-In 2022 — Welcome to the University of Kentucky!

A student on move-in day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo
A student on move-in day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2022) — Busy sidewalks, the sounds of the Wildcat Marching Band and laughter from students and their families is just around the corner, as the University of Kentucky welcomes more than 6,000 new students to campus for the first time.

In the next few weeks, new and returning students will begin making their way to campus for the beginning of a new academic year. This includes the nearly 86% of first-year students who will live on campus.

“We know students do better academically — in terms of grades, involvement on campus and retention — when they live on campus,” said Sarah Nikirk, executive director of Auxiliary Services. “We have tremendous momentum as a campus, reflected by the largest class in our history joining our community this fall. We are excited about what these students and newest members of our Wildcat community will bring to our campus.”

Most students will participate in Fall 2022 Big Blue Move-In 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, through Wednesday, Aug. 17, prior to the beginning of  K Week.

Nothing compares to the sense of community you feel when a new semester begins. The UK campus community, as well as parents and family members, are invited to join the university in welcoming students to campus. If you are interested in volunteering at move-in, you can find more information here.

In addition to being greeted by friendly volunteers, those moving in have access to hydration stations. UK Sustainability, in partnership with UK Campus Housing, UK Dining, UK Recycling and the Kentucky American Water Company, are piloting a hydration station program to reduce waste, especially from plastic water bottles. Located at the corner of Huguelet and University drives, the stations will provide chilled, filtered water and reusable water bottles to those participating in move-in.

Be aware of changes to parking and traffic flow during Big Blue Move-In chronicled here.

Find more information about Big Blue Move-In here.

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 four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, 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 five 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.