We’ve all heard the saying that quality is more important than quantity; and, in most cases, this is true. However, incoming first-year UK students show that it is possible to have both quantity and quality. They represent the largest-ever, first-year class and are also the most academically talented in UK history, having the highest number in memory of National Merit Finalists and record numbers of Singletary Scholars and Governor’s Scholars.
As a UK alum, you can’t help but be proud when you read the glowing statistics regarding this first-year class:
- 71 National Merit/National Achievement Finalists ― up from 29 last year. That number, using last year’s figures, would place UK among the top 15 public schools in the country for National Merit Finalists.
- A record number of Singletary Scholars ― 51 ― up from 34 last year, a reflection of increased investment by President Capilouto and the board in scholarships. The funding for the increase in Singletary Scholars came from the UK Athletics Department, which now contributes about $3 million annually for academic scholarships.
- 533 African-American first-year students, a 26 percent increase; 1,839 undergraduates now are African-American students, an 11 percent increase.
- 166 Hispanic first-year students, a 44 percent increase; 573 undergraduate students are Hispanic, a 26 percent increase.
- 110 first-year students with international backgrounds ― a 96 percent increase; 524 undergraduates are international students, a 27 percent increase.
- 4,645 first-year students, up from 4,139 last year; 69 percent of the students are from Kentucky; 31 percent are from out-of-state.
For more information about this record-breaking year, read more here.