University of Kentucky Overview
The University of Kentucky, also known as UK, is a public, co-educational, university, and is also the state’s land-grant university, located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 the university is the largest in the state, with 27,209 students
The University of Kentucky is home to numerous notable structures, such as Main Building, a four-story administration building dating to 1882, and Patterson Office Tower, the tallest building on campus. The university is also home to several major construction projects, including the new Albert B. Chandler Hospital and the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building, which will be the largest academic building in the state.
Nineteen sororities and twenty-six fraternities serve the university, representing over 3,000 students with a budget of $3.2 million per year.
The “Wildcats” became associated with the university shortly after a football victory over Illinois on October 9, 1909. The then-chief of the military department, Commandant Carbuiser, stated that the team had “fought like wildcats.” The slogan was later adopted by the university, and a costumed mascot debuted in 1976.
In 1930, then-high school coach Adolph Rupp was hired as a basketball coach for the university, a career that would span over 40 years until 1972. During his tenure, he lead the Wildcats to four NCAA championships in 1948, 1949, 1951 and 1958. The Wildcats later won a fifth championship under Joe B. Hall in 1978, another in 1996 under Rick Pitino and its last under Orlando “Tubby” Smith in 1998.
The university also boasts a cross country national team championship (women’s, 1988), eight individual championships in gymnastics, an Olympic medalist in track and field, and 16 national championships in cheerleading.
Other 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.