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University of Kentucky

*In-state, two semesters' tuition and required fees. Source: U.S. News Best Colleges 2012.

UK traces its roots to Transylvania University (Lexington), which opened in 1783, and Kentucky University (Harrodsburg), which opened in 1858. The two merged to become the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky in 1865. It was renamed State University, Lexington, Kentucky in 1908 and ultimately the University of Kentucky in 1916.

Town: Lexington (pop. 295,803) 

Enrollment: 28,094

Nickname: Wildcats, thanks to Commandant Carbusier, who in 1909 as head of the military department at old State University told a group of students that the Kentucky football team had “fought like Wildcats.”

Colors: Blue and white

Traditions: Basketball is king in Kentucky, where the Cats won the national title April 2, 2012. Legendary coach Adolph Rupp led the men to 27 conference titles and four national championships from 1930 to 1972. Students rub former UK President James Patterson’s foot on his memorial statue for luck. “My Old Kentucky Homeis the signature song of the Wildcat Marching Band. 

Eats and treats: USA Today named Tolly-Ho Kentucky’s best burger joint. Billy’s Bar-B-Q was voted Lexington’s best by Ace Magazine and the Kentucky Kernel.

Places and spaces: Lexington is the “Horse Capital of the World,” and Kentucky Horse Park is a working farm that showcases a Parade of Breeds, trail rides and a Hall of Champions. The Arboretum is the official botanical garden located south of Commonwealth Stadium. 

University of Kentucky

The university of Kentucky is home to 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master's programs, 66 doctoral programs and four professional programs.

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