University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506
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University of Kentucky (UK) is a public institution, founded in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. It is the largest university in Kentucky, with over 30,000 students enrolled in the Fall 2015 school year. The University of Kentucky is also the highest ranked research university in Kentucky. The sprawling campus includes 7 dining facilities and 23 residence halls, along with a variety of recreation facilities. It is also home to nine libraries, including the William T. Young Library, which is a Federal Depository Library. The university is organized into 16 colleges offering 93 undergraduate programs and 99 master programs. The College of Nursing was founded in 1956 and currently enrolls about 1,400 students each year. 

Undergraduate nursing programs at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing include a traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN program. The university also offers a DNP, BSN to DNP, and BSN to PhD program. The baccalaureate and doctorate degree programs are accredited by the CCNE. Undergraduate students gain clinical experience at local community healthcare facilities, including several local hospitals and clinics. The college also limits clinical groups to eight students per instructor, ensuring that each student receives specialized attention. Along with clinical experience, the college can help place students in internships, including nursing practice, research, or skills lab internships.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students29,465
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 25 196
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 2 13
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 7
Doctor's degree - professional practice 3 60
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 99.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1915 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - 07/09/2013



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1080 to 1330
ACT22 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$441/credit
In State Students$441/credit
Out of State Students$1,111/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$632/credit
In State Students$632/credit
Out of State Students$1,602/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $19,845 $19,845 $49,995
ADN 70 $30,870 $30,870 $77,770
BSN 125 $55,125 $55,125 $138,875
FNP 50 $31,600 $31,600 $80,100
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of University of Kentucky's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 24% $4,428
Other Federal Grant 3% $577
State Grant & Scholarships 60% $2,452
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 69% $8,659
Federal Student Loans 49% $5,728
Private Loans 8% $16,459


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$14,635
$30,001 to $48,000$15,318
$48,001 to $75,000$17,447
$75,001 to $110,000$21,778
Over $110,000$23,523

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.
University of Kentucky
South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506

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