UK Touts Record First Year Enrollment

Sep 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky is once again welcoming a record number of first-year students this semester. Recently released figures show the freshmen class is also one of the school’s most diverse.

4,702 first-year students are enrolled this year at UK, up from 4,647 in fall 2012. African-American first-time enrollment also edged up from 533 to 555 this year. Hispanic student numbers are trending in the same direction, hitting 200 for the first time this fall.

Some stats, however, have remained largely unchanged. Like last year, about 70 percent of first-year students are Kentucky residents and 30 percent are from outside of the state.

At the graduate and professional levels, the numbers have declined slightly, despite a higher number of degrees being awarded. UK president Eli Capilouto said the numbers reflect “tremendous momentum” as the university undertakes a number of academic and construction projects designed to enhance the undergraduate experience.