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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.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.