University of Kentucky student life

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The University of Kentucky offers a variety of choices to students. The choices range from a number of dining options, residence halls, and athletic facilities to student organizations, religious groups, Greek-letter organizations, and intramural competitions/campus recreation.

Greek-letter organizations[edit]

Social organizations[edit]

There are 14 sororities and 25 fraternities that serve the University of Kentucky in Lexington.


Name Chapter Founding Year Notes
Alpha Chi Omega 1966 Closed since 1976, recolonization for 2015 to 2016 school year
Alpha Delta Pi 1941
Alpha Gamma Delta 1908
Alpha Kappa Alpha 1975
Alpha Omicron Pi 1982
Alpha Phi 2009
Alpha Xi Delta 1908 Closed since 2004
Ceres 1997
Chi Omega 1914
Delta Delta Delta 1923
Delta Gamma 1962
Delta Phi Mu 2008
Delta Sigma Theta 1975
Delta Zeta 1923
Gamma Phi Beta 1966 Closed since 1982
Kappa Alpha Theta 1945
Kappa Delta 1910
Kappa Kappa Gamma 1910
Phi Sigma Rho 1999
Phi Sigma Sigma 1952 Closed since 1957
Pi Beta Phi 1962
Phi Mu 2011
Sigma Alpha Iota 1967
Sigma Gamma Rho  ????
Sigma Kappa 1989 Closed since 2010
Tau Beta Sigma 1984
Zeta Phi Beta 1983
Zeta Tau Alpha 1924 Closed since 1992


Name Founding year Notes
Alpha Epsilon Pi 1972 Inactive
Alpha Gamma Rho 1920
Alpha Phi Alpha 1965
Alpha Phi Omega 1933
Alpha Tau Omega 1909
Beta Theta Pi 1990 Recolonized Fall 2010
Delta Chi 1914 Inactive
Delta Sigma Phi 1994
Delta Tau Delta 1924
Delta Upsilon 2013
FarmHouse 1951
Kappa Alpha Order 1893
Kappa Alpha Psi 1981
Kappa Kappa Psi 1984
Kappa Sigma 1901
Kappa Upsilon Chi 2007
Lambda Chi Alpha 1930 Inactive since 2010
Omega Psi Phi 1980
Phi Beta Sigma 1990
Phi Delta Theta 1901 Recolonized fall 2016
Phi Gamma Delta 1958
Phi Kappa Psi 1988 Closed since 2016
Phi Kappa Tau 1920
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia 1922
Phi Sigma Kappa 1926
Pi Kappa Alpha 1901 Recolonized spring 2017
Pi Kappa Phi 1996
Pi Lambda Phi 1949 Inactive
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 1900
Sigma Alpha Mu 1915 Inactive
Sigma Chi 1893
Sigma Nu 1902 Recolonized Spring 2013
Sigma Phi Epsilon 1933
Sigma Pi 1973
Tau Kappa Epsilon 1951 Inactive
Theta Chi 1968 Reinstalled 2010
Triangle 1920
Zeta Beta Tau 1942 Inactive

Honor societies[edit]

Campus dining[edit]

Name Location Notes
Blazer Cafe Blazer Hall Dining Hall
The 90 Across from William T Young Library Features Taco Bell, Aqua Sushi, La Madeline, Ovids Express and a dining hall.
Intermezzo Intermezzo at the Patterson Office Tower. Features sandwiches and drinks.
K-Lair Central campus near Haggin Hall. A fast-food establishment.
Lemon Tree Second floor of Erikson Hall. Features upscale salad and entree options.
Student Center Currently "Bowmen's Den" located next to the Singletary Center for the Arts during renovations Features Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Subway, Sbarro, and Panda Express.

There are also two convenience stores, located at Blazer Hall and at The 90.

The meal plans for on-campus students no longer utilize a declining-balance system, similar to a debit card. In 2005, a new "all care to eat" plan was initiated to the disfavor of 84.9% of the student body.[1] The cheapest meal plan for on-campus students is $949 per semester, extending upward to $2,013 per semester. These plans also include $300 in "flex dollars" which can be used at all on campus dining locations, convenience stores, and also Starbucks.

Students can also use their Plus Account to eat at a few select off-campus restaurants, such as McDonald's or Fazoli's.

Religion and life-philosophy[edit]

Religious organizations[edit]

Listed below are some of the most popular, active, and/or relevant groups on the University of Kentucky's campus. For a more complete list of registered religious student groups, refer to the University of Kentucky's Official Organization Database.

Jewish faith[edit]

Christian Student Fellowship Building

Christian faith[edit]

Islamic faith[edit]

Bahá'í faith[edit]


Nearby places of worship[edit]

Non-religious philosophy groups[edit]

Campus recreation[edit]

The university provides several facilities for unwinding from the daily campus grind. The Johnson Center, a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) two-story structure located at South Campus, features basketball, volleyball, badminton, racketball, and wallyball courts, along with weight-lifting facilities, and rock climbing walls. It is also the home for some group fitness classes utilizing a large aerobics studio.

The Lancaster Aquatic Center, located next to the Johnson Center, opened in 1989 and features 10 lanes for lap swimming and has shallow space for other water activities.

The Seaton Center features facilities for basketball, volleyball, badminton, jogging, squash, table tennis, and racquetball.

Residence halls[edit]

The North Campus residence halls, with downtown Lexington in the background.
The Kirwan-Blanding residence halls complex.
Name Location Notes
Baldwin Hall South Campus Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.
Blanding I, II, III, IV, Tower South Campus This, along with the mirror-image Kirwan complex, is home to nearly 5,000 students, most of them freshmen. The Blanding Tower is 23 stories tall. All buildings are currently co-ed.
Blazer Hall North Campus Female-only dorm.
Boyd Hall North Campus
Central Hall I & II Central Campus Opened in Fall 2013.
Champions Court I & II North Campus Opened in Fall 2014.
Donovan Hall Central Campus Female-only dorm, closed 2014
Greg Page Apartments South of Commonwealth Stadium
Haggin Hall Central Campus Male-only dorm. Demolished 2013. A new dorm scheduled to have the same name will be built at the site and was scheduled to open in 2014.
Holmes Hall North Campus Co-ed dorm, although it has been female-only and male-only at different times in the past. Demolished in 2014.
Ingels Hall South Campus Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.
Jewell Hall North Campus, demolished in 2014.
Keeneland Hall North Campus Co-ed dorm. Organized into two-room suites, with a bathroom in between. Currently being renovated to become office spaces.
Kirwan I, II, III, IV, Tower South Campus This, along with the Blanding complex, is home to nearly 5,000 students, most of them freshmen. The Kirwan Tower is 23 stories tall. Kirwan I is male-only; all others are co-ed.
Roselle Hall North Campus Constructed in 2005.
Patterson Hall North Campus Co-ed dorm. Originally constructed as UK's first women's dormitory in 1904.
Smith Hall South Campus Constructed in 2005. Co-ed.
Woodland Glen I, II, III, IV, V South Campus Opened in Fall 2014 and 2015, soon to be renamed.

Campus safety[edit]

The university has suffered from a perception that the campus is unsafe. In a survey of 1000 female university students, conducted in spring 2004, 36.5% reported having been victims of rape, stalking, or physical assault while at the campus.[2][3] Campus law enforcement statistics do not bear out these numbers, however,[4] and it can be assumed either that many serious crimes go unreported or that the survey conclusions were erroneous.

In response to the survey, University President Lee T. Todd, Jr. launched an initiative in September 2005 titled the Campus Safety Imperative, which included a quadrupling of annual expenditures on safety.[5] Todd specifically linked campus safety to the goal of becoming a top-20 public research institution, stating that "We will never make gains toward becoming a top-20 public research institution if our students are unsafe or if they lack a sense of physical security. It is part of our fundamental mission, then, to create a campus that provides a safe place to live, to work, and to learn."[3]


  1. ^ Rose, Sean. "Despite vote, meal plan unchanged." Kentucky Kernel [Lexington] 24 August 2006, sec. Campus news. 5 September 2006 [1].
  2. ^ "Women's Place Safety Imperative". University of Kentucky. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b "UK President Announces Initiatives to Improve Women's Safety". University of Kentucky. 2004. Archived from the original on March 26, 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  4. ^ "University of Kentucky Campus Safety and Security Report 2006" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  5. ^ "$1.25 Million Committed to Improving Campus Safety". University of Kentucky. 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-06. [dead link]