The University of Kentucky is a public co-educational university that was established in 1865. The school is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington is the second largest city in the state of Kentucky with a population of about 300,000. As of fall 2013, UK had 21,000 undergraduates enrolled at their campus. Their official school colors are blue and white.
The University of Kentucky is not known for its academics, however, that does not mean that the school doesn’t do well in this area. With a large student body, the University of Kentucky goes with a widespread do-everything approach. Undergrad students have a choice of attending one of 16 colleges and enrolling in 93 undergrad programs. There are also 99 master programs and 66 doctoral programs for post grad students.
U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Kentucky as a top 150 school in the United States.
The Kentucky Wildcats are a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The school is referred to as a founding member of the conference. Fans of the Kentucky Wildcats are known as the “Big Blue Nation”. Kentucky fields 19 varsity teams in both men and women’s sports.
Athletics are what UK is famous for, especially men’s basketball. Their men’s basketball program is one of the best athletic programs in NCAA sports. They were the first basketball program ever to reach 2000 victories back in 2009. They also have the best all time win percentage, winning 76.2% of their games. The Kentucky Wildcats have won 8 national championships in basketball, which is second only to UCLA’s 11 national championships. Their most famous coach, Adolph Rupp, won 4 of those titles and the University decided to name its basketball arena after him. Their in state rivalry with Louisville is one of the top college basketball rivalries. In 2015, they look to become one of the only seven teams in NCAA history to complete an undefeated season.
Famous Kentucky Wildcats Alumni
- Ashley Judd – Actress
- Story Musgrave – One of only two American Astronauts to record six flights in space.
- Pat Riley – NBA basketball coach that won 5 championships.
- Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins – current NBA basketball players.
- Randall Cobb – NFL football player with the Green Bay Packers.
- Steve Flesch – Plays professional golf