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The Big Blue Nation is Waiting for You

Confirm your spot in the UK Class of 2026 at
Confirm your spot in the UK Class of 2026 at

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2022) – The University of Kentucky Class of 2026 is shaping up to be an impressive group — don’t miss out on being part of it! 

Future Wildcats should confirm their spot by registering for their Big Blue Nation Orientation and paying the enrollment deposit by 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 2, at

Confirming one’s spot in the Class of 2026 only takes a few simple steps.

UK is home to students from every county in Kentucky, all 50 states and more than 100 countries across the globe. We are in your corner — no matter who you are or where you come from. And when different perspectives meet, the world opens up. 

Student success is our top priority — both in the classroom and outside of it. We focus on making you happy, healthy and supported. At UK, you matter.  

It’s how we do things here. Our students and their success are at the center of everything we do, at every level of the university. The faculty, staff and administration at UK want you to do more and be more than you ever thought possible. 

UK is your community, a place where you belong. We can’t wait for you to join us.

For more information, or if you have questions about orientation, visit or email

If you have not applied to live on campus, it’s not too late! Visit to learn about Campus Housing options and the Living Learning Programs, and apply.

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.