Campus News

K Week Welcomes New Wildcats to Campus

photo of students forming K at K Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2017) — For nearly 6,000 students, this week marks the beginning of their collegiate career at the University of Kentucky. To ease the transition, hundreds of UK’s best student leaders — K Crew leaders — will guide new Wildcats through K Week and show them what it truly means to be a Wildcat.

K Week 2017 begins today (Friday), Aug. 18, and ends Tuesday, Aug. 22. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of events, meet new people, find their way around campus and learn UK traditions.

"K Week is the best way to get started at UK. By attending K Week events, new students can get insider tips on passing challenging classes, meet a ton of other people and participate in a number of university traditions," said Nancy Stephens, associate director of New Student and Family Programs. "We have done our best to make their transition as easy as possible by providing them all the information they need to know to get off to a good start."

"The K Board has been working since January to prepare for K Week, everything from K Crew recruitment and leadership education to planning events. The K Crew spent a large part of the spring semester developing the skills needed to help our new students make a positive transition to the university," said Kasey Borchardt, who oversees K Week student leaders.

Some highlights of K Week include:

K Week Kick-Off

7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18

Located in the residence halls for on-campus students; off-campus students will meet at Patterson Hall

Parents and Families Reception

7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18

Starbucks at W.T. Young Library

Campus Resource Fair

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Located outside White Hall Classroom Building

New Student Induction Ceremony

3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Memorial Coliseum


6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Pieratt Fields (Johnson Center Fields)

Big Blue U

8-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Kroger Field

Campus Ruckus

9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

Pieratt Fields (Johnson Center Fields)


9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21

Pieratt Fields (Johnson Center Fields)

We Are UK

7-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21

South Campus Courtyard (behind The 90)

For the class of 2021, K Week is about more than free food, T-shirts and fun activities. K Week allows new Wildcats to branch out, build new friendships and broaden their surroundings while taking in all UK has to offer. K Week kicks off every student’s Kentucky story.

For more information about K Week and to access the full schedule of events, visit