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University of Kentucky
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Latin: Universitas Kentuckiensis
Motto United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Type Flagship
Established 1865
Endowment $1.143 billion (2015)
President Eli Capilouto
Provost Tim Tracy
Administrative staff
13,145 FTE (2015-2016)
Students 30,720 (2015–16)
Undergraduates 22,705 (2015–16)
Postgraduates 7,022 (2015–16)
Location Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Campus Urban, 784 acres (3.17 km)
Colors Blue and white
Athletics NCAA Division ISEC
Nickname Wildcats
Mascot "The Wildcat," "Scratch"
Affiliations APLU
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The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public co-educational university in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one of the state's two land-grant universities (the other being Kentucky State University), the largest college or university in the state, with 30,720 students as of Fall 2015, and the highest ranked research university in the state according to U.S. News and World Report.

The institution comprises 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 120 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and seven professional programs. The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus. The largest is William T. Young Library, a federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences, humanities, and life sciences collections. In recent years, the university has focused expenditures increasingly on research, following a compact formed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1997. The directive mandated that the university become a Top 20 public research institution, in terms of an overall ranking to be determined by the university itself, by the year 2020.


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