Uni of the Month: Kentucky

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The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public university, based in Lexington, Kentucky. UK offers seven main dining facilities, 23 residence halls, and numerous recreation facilities spread between three distinct campuses: north, south, and central. It is also home to more than 250 student-run organizations.   Academics Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four 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. Students are divided into several colleges based on their interests and specializations:
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • College of Communications & Information Studies
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • The Graduate School
  • Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
Athletics The university boasts of numerous national championships, with its latest coming in 2012 when the men's basketball team won its eighth national title. UK also boasts of a cross country national team championship (women's, 1988), eight individual championships in gymnastics, an Olympic medalist in track and field, and 19 national championships in cheerleading.After defeating number-one ranked Oklahoma 13-7 in the Sugar Bowl under legendary coach Bear Bryant, Kentucky is also an NCAA-recognized co-national champion for the 1950 season. The UK athletics programs are dedicated to the off-the-field development of its student-athletes. UK annually ranks as one of the top academic teams in the athletics department. UK is blessed to have one of the top on-campus educational facilities in the nation, which is dedicated to providing student-athletes the support needed to succeed in the classroom and the working world. The CATS Center is a multi-million dollar facility that was opened as the first academic center dedicated exclusively to student-athletes. Kentucky's brand new soccer complex will be home to the Wildcat's soccer team from fall 2013. Take a look at how it will look in the video below.
Athletic programs sponsored at the varsity level include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country running, football, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, the coeducational sport of rifle, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field and women's volleyball. The school also has a popular club-level men's ice hockey team.  

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