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New Year, New Possibilities at the University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2021) — It's the first day of the 2021-22 academic year at the University of Kentucky. 

A new year means new possibilities. New opportunities for learning and growth. 

New friendships.

New chances to step up and step out to explore new things.

New horizons to explore and, as a Wildcat, always the responsibility to meet the moment and whatever it brings. After all, that is what we do.

Welcome to the start of a new year.

Welcome home. We are excited to be back together as a community. Please watch the video above to learn how members of the University of Kentucky community have been working hard to prepare for this day! 


Campus Ruckus on August 19, 2021. Photo by Pete Comparoni | UKphoto
UK Students Head to Campus Ruckus on August 19, 2021.
Students pose for a photo at the Ky. Kernel booth during Campus Ruckus on August 19, 2021.

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.