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University of Kentucky Dorms are Overbooked after Record Enrollment

An image of the new Woodland Glen II from SCB Architects, one of 10 new dorms on UK’s campus.

Kentucky’s campus has quickly outgrown itself.

After investing millions of dollars into revitalizing campus with a new student center, science building and state of the art dormitories, UK is running out of room to house students. There are more than 5,240 freshmen currently enrolled for fall semester classes and a record 2,425 students returning to on-campus housing, leaving UK housing with at least 500 overbooked room assignments.

UK spokesperson Jay Blanton told LEX-18 the problem is only temporary.

“The value of a University of Kentucky degree is exemplified by our record first-year enrollment and record retention rates. More students, both first-year and returning, want to live in our on-campus housing because we know that decision results in higher grade point averages and great academic success. The result is a temporary capacity issue. With student success as our core value, our residence life and housing staff are developing solutions in partnership with our resident advisers. We will communicate a more specific plan this week and will be communicating directly with students and parents. We will honor our obligations and ensure that UK students who have a fall 2019 housing application to live on campus will receive an assignment.”

While UK works to find a permanent solution for each student before the beginning of the fall semester, they’re converting other residence hall rooms into dorms. Some study rooms and single rooms for resident advisors (RAs) are transforming into two-person dorm rooms. Those who will not receive the expected room accommodations will save just under $800 a semester and receive an additional $200 in flex money to spend on campus dining.

You’ll never believe this, but it’s made some prospective students BIG MAD.

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition on, “Kentucky’s RA’s Demand Better.” One disgruntled student has created an Instagram page titled, “uk_housing_sucks.” This page has filed 17 grievances with UK’s Housing authority. The images of the living conditions will haunt parents who are forced to send their child to live in such a desolate environment.


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If you could not sniff that sarcasm, you probably didn’t live in the Kirwin-Blanding Complex, Haggin-Donovan or the old North Campus complex that did not have air-conditioning.

The new dorms are immaculate. It’s a shame not every person will get to experience them right away. For those who drew the short straw, consider it the first (and likely the easiest) life lesson you’ll learn in college.

[LEX-18 and Courier-Journal]


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for University of Kentucky Dorms are Overbooked after Record Enrollment

  1. Nickerbocker05
    8:24 pm July 22, 2019 Permalink

    I was bout to say!

    • rdcore2
      12:35 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      I would literally sleep there tonight and every night for the next year

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:34 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe because its that im high, but isn’t it creepy like they just throw 2 random people together in a room. Like, you have no idea who the hell these people are. I mean would you go to a hotel and expect them to throw another random person in your room while you’re sleeping?

    • Go Deep
      11:25 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      Yes it must be because you’re high. It’s called college, all of us did this and amazingly met new people that became lifelong friends.

  3. Matt10
    5:12 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Did I accidentally click on the Herald Leader or something? Coulda swore I clicked on KSR…you know, the SPORTS site. 😉

    • CPACAT
      5:58 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      You must be new here…

    • cats646
      9:05 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      A whole new crop of delusional leftists libs being groomed for the real world. Great.

    • classof68
      9:19 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      UK sports now occupies about 15% of the content on here. But while we’re on the subject, it is crazy how colleges seem to be in a race to see who can build the biggest empire. The thought of providing an affordable education seems to be a distant second. It’s all about getting as many research grants, high powered professors, and buildings as they can. Almost every week I get something in the mail from UK asking for a donation. I guess tuition isn’t enough to cover all their spending. They ought to give Jared’s kids a free ride when they’re ready for college, instead of expecting the public to do it.

    • DelrayCat
      10:33 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah cats646…they are actually getting verified knowledge and developing openness and tolerance of others rather than being brainwashed by the lies and the racist views your Fox/Murdoch puppet masters provide.

  4. My Dixie Wrecked
    6:55 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

    UK is ranked in the hundreds by US News for education. Why do all these people want to pay so much for a low quality education?

    • DelrayCat
      10:30 am July 23, 2019 Permalink

      Education is what you put into it. UK uses basically the same books as Harvard or Stanford. And the value of professors are overrated now with the reliance of the internet and online resources. The quality of students is the difference…along with the network. If you are going to live in Kentucky…UK is the gold standard even at #100 something nationally….and every bit as good as Centre or other much higher priced private schools.

  5. UKGrad79
    12:59 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Wah wah they should have to live in the dorms back in the 70’s. No stall doors in the bathroom, communal showering, three people to one tiny room. Suck it up once you get a room you will be living in luxury compared to our basic prison cells!