University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506

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.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate82%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD, BSN to PhD)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 208
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 36
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 9
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 33

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Kentucky

Kentucky State University
22.16 miles away
Eastern Kentucky University
23.24 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
26.87 miles away
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville Campus
33.24 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Mt. Sterling
55.05 miles away
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan Campus
57.02 miles away
Morehead State University
59.39 miles away
Somerset Community College - Laurel Campus South
67.94 miles away
Northern Kentucky University
68.62 miles away
University of Louisville
69.19 miles away


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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading500 to 620
SAT: Math500 to 630
SAT: Writing490 to 610
ACT Composite22 to 29
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$13,535
30k to 48k$13,914
48k to 75k$17,156
75k to 110k$20,878
Over 110k$21,637
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $424.00 $1,042.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $608.00 $1,504.00

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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
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for Kentucky residents who will be attending approved nursing programs (registered nurse or practical nurse) or graduate nursing [...]

Astronaut Scholarship

Applicants must be sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate or graduate students in natural or applied science, engineering or mathematics at Brown University, Colorado School of Mines, [...]

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Applicant must be named a National Merit finalist and list University of Kentucky as college choice.

Kentucky Nurses Foundation Scholarship

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing
University of Kentucky
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Lexington, KY 40506

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