Founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky has nearly 150 years of commitment to academic excellence, scholarly exploration and research, community outreach and engagement and a mission of becoming one of America's Top 20 public research institutions.
The university is the largest in the Commonwealth by enrollment, with 27,209 students, and is also the highest ranked research university in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Nestled in the heart of Kentucky's scenic Bluegrass region, UK's campus now covers more than 716 acres in Lexington and is home to more than 27,000 students and more than 13,500 employees. The university also operates remote research laboratories in areas such as Princeton, Kentucky, and Quicksand, Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky:
- Facilitates learning, informed by scholarship and research.
- Improves knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity.
- Serves a global community by disseminating and sharing knowledge.
Distance Learning offers UK students a wide selection of undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses, as well as several degree programs, throughout Kentucky and beyond. The same quality teaching and academic support services available on the main campus are also available through distance learning, via interactive video, online learning, and convenient locations throughout the state.
Students taking online courses, as a rule, do not have to attend face-to-face meetings and off-campus students can save time and money with regard to travel to and from a classroom location. You can communicate with instructors for any possible course meeting requirements. In addition, assignments and class participation are conducted "asynchronously," meaning that the students can choose their study times according to their individual schedules. Online courses are taught at the same academic level as on-campus courses.
The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to provide financial aid to students who would be unable to attend the University without such assistance. We strive to provide a student-oriented approach in the administration of financial aid programs by being responsive to the needs of students, their families, and other constituents.