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WATCH: How We Dreamed Boldly — Together — in 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2019) — What is possible? It is the question that drives and shapes everything we do at the University of Kentucky. It enables us to achieve what we call “wildly possible.”

In 2019, that question compelled us to dream bigger dreams; to grow as a more diverse and welcoming campus; to break new ground with inventions and discoveries that are creating jobs, healing lives and transforming communities.

The numbers tell a compelling story: our largest first-year class and a deeper commitment to enrolling and graduating students from traditionally underrepresented populations … a hospital ranked first in the state and among the country’s leaders in critical care for the fourth year in a row … record levels of investment in research, much of which is devoted to the diseases and addictions that challenge our Commonwealth.

But the numbers are only part of the story. It’s what the numbers enable us to do that is so remarkable.

Together, we are the University of, for and with Kentucky.

Together, we are asking, every day in new and exciting ways, what’s possible.

Together, we are finding the answers by stepping up, speaking out, and daring to act and achieve boldly.

Wait until you see what’s wildly possible next year.

Watch the video above to discover why UK students and President Eli Capilouto are so proud of what we’ve achieved together in 2019.

This is a photo from UK's Commencement in May 2019.
This is a photo of UK's Fall 2019 Incoming Class during K-Week.
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This is a photo of researchers at UK.

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.