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Students are at the center of everything we do at the University of Kentucky. 

We are a students-first university for all students – undergraduate, graduate and professional. We are maintaining our commitment to affordability and access, and offer a differentiated learning experience with a diversity of academic programs centered on a contiguous campus. And, we are investing in modern technology to enhance learning and tell us more about how and where our students are succeeding and falling short.

Our goal is simple. We want every student who enrolls at the University of Kentucky to earn a degree. And we have an abundance of resources for students to achieve that goal. 

Office for Student Success

The Office for Student Success is a unit specifically dedicated to ensuring students at the University of Kentucky are thriving. 

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Career Center

The Stuckert Career Center provides students with resources to prepare them for entering the workforce and having a successful career.  

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86.4% Retention Rate

As of Fall 2020, preliminary retention figures — the percentage of students who return for their second year — is at 86.4%, nearly 1.5 percentage points higher than last academic year and about 5 percentage points higher than in just Fall 2016.

Rhodes Scholar Hadeel Abdallah

The University of Kentucky recently celebrated the success of Hadeel Abdallah, who was named a Rhodes Scholar in 2018. Abdallah is one of 32 American women and men selected as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. She is the first female from the university and the 10th UK student named a Rhodes Scholar, the last being selected in 1955. UK remains home to the largest number of Rhodes Scholars from institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

“Hadeel’s passion for public service and resolve to make a positive impact on the world are an inspiration to the UK family," said President Eli Capilouto. "Her story embodies the values and ideals that our campus holds dear: dogged determination and unwavering good will. We are so proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best in her journey as a Rhodes Scholar.” 

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