In 1865, the University of Kentucky was started as an Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1882, the school colors of royal blue and white were set in place but originally light yellow had also been a color option for the school. Also in 1882, the first of three buildings were built on campus, the administration building. In 1908 the name of the school was changed to State University, and by 1916 the name was officially the University of Kentucky
. The school currently enrolls just over 27,000 students and has a faculty of close to 11,600 members. The campus is made up of many buildings on 784 acres of land.
In 1909, after a football game against Illinois, the chief of the military department stated that the team had "fought like wildcats" and therefore the school captured a mascot. In 1976, the sideline mascot was brought out at football games. The college has three mascots. "Blue," a live bobcat that lives at a nearby wildlife education center, is a mascot but never attends games. The other two mascots are costumed and called "The Wildcat" and "Scratch." Fans of Kentucky are often referred to as the Big Blue Nation and they are known for being incredibly loyal fans.
Being a part of the Southeastern Conference, the Kentucky Wildcats
participate in a number of varsity sports. Three of the most notable sports are men's basketball, women's basketball, and football. The men's basketball program is considered to rank among the highest programs in the nation. Because of their recent NCAA championship, the men's basketball team now has eight NCAA championship titles. The women's basketball program was started in 1902 but was brought to a halt for fifty years because of a bill passed by the Senate that stated that basketball was too strenuous of a sport for women. The program was brought back in 1974 and the team won the Southeastern Conference championship in 1982 and then again in 2010. The Kentucky Wildcats
basketball teams play their home games in Rupp Arena and fans are always there in full effect proudly wearing their royal blue and white. The Wildcats play football in one of the toughest conferences meeting teams like the University of Georgia, the University of South Carolina, the University of Florida, and the University of Tennessee. The football team has produced quite a few NFL football players. Some of these include, Steve Johnson or the buffalo Bills, Jacob Tamme of the Denver Broncos, Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers, and Chris Matthews of the Cleveland Browns. One very important part of the Kentucky Wildcat's football program was their former head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Under the leadership of Coach Bryant, the Wildcats played in a number of bowl games and also beat the number one undefeated team in the nation, Oklahoma, ending their thirty-one game winning streak. Home football games are played in Commonwealth Stadium, but at one time they were played on Stoll Field. Along with these three sports, the other varsity sports are baseball, cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball, and rifle practice. We carry gameday dresses for all these events!
Kentucky is known for its top ranked programs of study. More than a handful of the programs are ranked in the top twenty in the nation. Programs among top ranked include surgery, plant pathology, pharmacy, nursing, microbiology, Hispanic studies, entomology, geography, health communication, anatomy, neurobiology, and many more. There are ninety-three undergraduate programs, sixty-six doctoral programs, ninety-nine master programs, four professional programs, sixteen colleges, a graduate school, and a distance learning program. Colleges include the College of Agriculture, the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, the Gatton college of business and Economics, the Graduate School, the College of Communications and Information Studies, the College of Social Work, the college of Dentistry, the College of Public Health, the college of Design, the College of Pharmacy, the college of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Law, and the College of Health Sciences. They have a strong goal to become a top 20 public research university by the year 2020.
In order to aid student in their research, there are fifteen libraries on campus! This is quite incredible for a college campus! The libraries that are on campus are: the Agricultural Information Center, the William T. Young Library, the Chemistry-Physics Library, the Special Collections and Digital Programs Library, the Design Library, the Shaver Engineering Library, the Distance Learning Library Services, the Science Library, the Education Library, the Medical Center Library, the Law Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, and the Library Link at the Patterson Office Tower. The largest of these is the William T. Young Library and is a federal depository and public library for the state.
There are over 3,000 students that participate in Greek Life each year. There are twenty-one fraternities and nineteen sororities on campus. Some of the sororities are Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Some of the fraternities at the Kentucky are Alpha Tau Omega, FarmHouse, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi, Kappa Alpha Order, and Delta Tau Delta. The Greek Life activities include tailgating at the football games, fraternity weekends, formals for both sororities and fraternities, semi formals, mixers, and various other charity fundraising events, and homecoming events. Let SidelineSweetie.com be your go to website for all your game day dresses and sorority needs! We have got you covered for any event, including parties, homecoming, or graduation!