The University of Kentucky, also known as UK, is a public co-educational university and is one of the state's two land-grant universities, located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is the largest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by enrollment, with 28,094 students as of Fall 2011, and is also the highest ranked research university in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report. In 2012, the University of Kentucky boasted record high new student enrollment with over 4,600 first-year students. Also at a record high is the number of African-American, Hispanic, international and out-of-state students. The University of Kentucky strives for a diverse and international student population, with a selective admissions process. Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four professional programs.
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