Downtown Lexington at night

Lexington, Ky.

The University of Kentucky is located in Lexington, in the heart of Kentucky's pristine Bluegrass Region. Known as The Horse Capital of The World, Lexington has a population of more than 400,000 and is Kentucky's second largest city.

Lexington is known around the world for its role in producing champion racehorses. Take a simple drive in the country past some of the region’s prolific horse farms and you might catch a glimpse of a future Derby winner. From Lexington, scenic byways and highways, like the spokes of an old wheel, connect to a host of historic, scenic, quaint, exciting, pastoral, beautiful and peaceful places, events and festivals to enjoy.

Lexington's thriving arts and music scene include an inventive culinary scene, several historic museums, and free outdoor summer concerts as well as professional orchestra, ballet, choral, and theatre companies.

Please visit as you plan your visit. The links and directions below will assist you in locating us.

The University of Kentucky

At UK, the faculty, facilities and opportunities are at hand to provide our students with the best education. Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is a public, research-extensive, land-grant university dedicated to enriching people's lives through excellence in teaching, research and service. UK has grown over the years into a comprehensive public institution of higher learning, with 98 undergraduate programs, master's degrees in 96 fields and doctoral degrees in 63 programs. UK is one of the few universities in the country that include the colleges of agriculture and engineering along with a complete medical center in one central location. Over two thousand award winning full-time faculty are employed as well as 9,000 dedicated full-time staff.

Throughout the last 30 years, UK has continued to grow and prosper as it did in its earlier days and is headed toward national distinction in teaching, research and service. In 2007, annual total enrollment again broke the record with more than 27,000 students enrolled, of which 6,000 students were enrolled in graduate programs and more than 400 students in the Medical School.

The backbone of the University of Kentucky is its award winning faculty. Students learn alongside expert faculty on the pressing and emerging questions of today's world. These dedicated teachers and scholars are guiding students, communities, and nations through the challenges of the 21st century. In the past few years, more than 100 UK faculty members have been elected as Fellows into various prestigious national academies, while 50 others have been named leaders of professional organizations, and 43 have been appointed to presidential or congressional commissions investigating matters of national importance.

Overhead shot of William T Young library on UK's campus

The Medical Campus

UK is one of few universities to have all six health science colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Health Sciences) on the same university campus making it well-positioned for interprofessional health care education and collaborative research. The College of Medicine is located on UK's main campus in scenic Lexington, Ky. Take a virtual tour of our Medical Campus.

UK HealthCare

The clinical enterprise of the University of Kentucky – encompasses UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Kentucky Clinics, and the clinical activities of all six health sciences colleges. For more information about UK HealthCare, visit

New Hospital Pavilion

In May 2011, UK opened the new 1.2 million-square-foot pavilion at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Two patient floors with a total of 128 beds (48 intensive care and 80 acute care beds in all private rooms) were the first to open: Floor 6 for neuroscience services; Floor 7 for trauma and acute care surgery patients. 

The new pavilion A incorporates the best that medicine has to offer with art, music and landscaping reflective of the spirit of Kentucky. The facility is expected to be completed in phases over the next six to 10 years, eventually replacing the original UK Chandler Hospital. The new pavilion also includes:

  • The new UK Chandler Emergency Department. Home to the only Level 1 trauma center serving Central and Eastern Kentucky.
  • The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center.
UK HealthCare campus map

Additional Areas of Interest

  • Virtual tour of campus, click here
  • Virtual tour of medical campus, click here
  • Campus Maps here
  • Campus Shuttle Services here

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