Bring a Group to Campus
Thank you for your interest in scheduling a group tour at the University of Kentucky! If you wish to bring 10 or more students/visitors to campus for a visit, please review this page carefully.
Group visits consist of a 60-minute campus tour. Admission presentations can be added upon request for high school groups.
Group Tour Reservations
- Please review the Group Tour Policy below before requesting a visit.
- During the 2022-2023 academic year, Group Tours will be offered Tuesday through Thursday each week. Available tour times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. ET (with additional start times over summer). Group Tours are not available on weekends.
- Requests for Group Tours are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and may be restricted during peak visitation seasons.
Group Tours will not be offered:
- September 30 - October 31, 2022
- March 10 - April 14, 2023
- Finals Weeks (December 12 - 16, 2022 and May 1 - 5, 2023)
- If your group would like to hear from a member of our Diversity Recruitment team, please indicate your interest when filling out the Group Tour request form.
Visitor Safety Guidelines
We've made some changes to our on-campus visit experiences to keep our Wildcat Community - which includes you, our guests - as safe as possible.
Please review these requirements before heading to campus.
Group Tour Policy
Please review the below policy before requesting a Group Tour. You agree to these terms by visiting with us.
Effective Friday, June 3, masks will be optional on our campus.
You can learn more about our Safety Guidelines here.
We will accommodate groups of up to 75 students and chaperones. Group tours cannot exceed this size due to University of Kentucky COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Prior to your visit, you will receive an itinerary for the day. Please arrive on time. If you are running more than 15 minutes late, we will be unable to accommodate your group, as our Student Tour Guides are available in relation to class times, and are not available outside of the scheduled window.
If you find it necessary to cancel your visit, please provide appropriate notification of this cancellation to the Visitor Center Administrative Associate before the day of the scheduled visit.
The UK Visitor Center requires one chaperone for every 10 students and/or guests. Chaperones must accompany the group on the 60-minute walking campus tour and are expected to monitor the behavior of each guest during the entire campus visit. Should a group arrive without adequate chaperones, some activities (including the campus tour) will be cancelled.
The campus visit will include a substantial amount of walking. Please encourage each student and/or guest to dress appropriately (comfortable clothing and shoes) and with the weather in mind. The walking tours continue, despite rain or snow, and each guest is expected to bring any weather gear they deem necessary--umbrellas, jackets, etc..
If your group would like to dine in one of our on-campus dining locations as part of the visit experience, please complete this form. The Office of Dining Services can be reached at 859-257-6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Visitor Center does not coordinate dining.
Please ensure your organization’s participants show respect to the university, its faculty, staff, and students during the campus visit. Failure to do so may result in early conclusion of the visit. The Visitor Center also reserves the right to restrict any future visits by an organization, should conduct be an issue.
Students and/or guests are permitted to photograph the buildings and grounds of the university as part of the campus visit; however, permission must be gained from the Visitor Center Administrative Associate, as well as the individual guide, before photos may be taken of the group tour guide or any staff members of the Visitor Center. Videotaping of the UK Visitor Center tour guide, any portion of the tour, or the campus is strictly prohibited during the group visit. No exceptions will be made.
Small vehicles (cars, trucks, and small passenger vans) may use the South Limestone Garage (409 South Limestone Street) for the duration of the visit and parking tickets will be validated at the Visitor Center. Keep in mind that the height clearance for this structure is 8’2”. For large school or travel buses, parking is available at the Glenn’s Freedom Dodge Purple Lot, near Kroger Field. Students may be dropped off and picked up by the bus driver outside of Main Building (as the Visitor Center is located in the neighboring Gatton Student Center beginning August 8, 2018) and bus driving directions and maps were included in your UK Group Tour Details email. Print out the parking directions included in that email before you travel to campus.
Please note: the Purple Lot is a 25-30 minute walk from the Visitor Center at the Gatton Student Center, so groups should not include the bus driver(s) as chaperones when planning the campus visit.
Academic Year Request Form
To request a Group Tour for September 2022 - April 2023, please fill out the form below.
Please note your tour is not confirmed until you receive an email that includes tour date, time, location, and directions.
This email will be sent from the Visitor Center Group Tour Coordinator.
Virtual Group Tours Let us bring the University of Kentucky to your school or organization
The UK Visitor Center and Office of Undergraduate Admission offer virtual campus visit and information session experiences that can bring the Big Blue Nation to your students no matter where they are.
Virtual group visits consist of a 30-minute virtual campus tour. Virtual admission presentations can be added upon request for high school groups.
Virtual Campus Tour
Our Visitor Center Tour Guides are ready to show you what's possible at the University of Kentucky by showing you around our campus - virtually! Connect with current students and get your questions about being a Wildcat answered - live via Zoom.
During your Virtual Group Tour, your group will see the Gatton Student Center, William T. Young Library, residence halls, and classroom buildings along with other popular campus spots.
Diversity Recruitment Presentation
Interested in becoming a Wildcat but have questions about our community for diverse students? We would love to present virtually to your class or group about what it looks like to join our University of Kentucky community.
Once you've requested a virtual session, Assistant Director of Admissions for Diversity Recruitment Alexis Meza de los Santos or Chaquenta Neal will be in contact with you to schedule a presentation.
Virtual Group Tour Policy
In order to offer a superior visit experience to your group, we ask that you review the following guidelines. By committing to taking a virtual tour with us, you are agreeing to these expectations. We look forward to showing you around!
Please join the Zoom Webinar on time. If your group joins up to 10 minutes late, your visit may be abbreviated. If your group joins more than 10 minutes late, we no longer guarantee that tour guides will be available for your group.
If you expect that you will join the Zoom Webinar late, please contact the Visitor Center Administrative Associate and provide the staff member with your group’s name and contact information and the time that you expect you will be able to join.
If you find it necessary to cancel your visit, please provide appropriate notification to the Visitor Center Administrative Associate before the day of your scheduled visit.
The UK Visitor Center requires at least one chaperone be in the Zoom Webinar at all times during your virtual visit. Chaperones are expected to ensure their students maintain order and good behavior, particularly when using the Webinar’s chat function the entirety of your visit. Chaperones will be expected to introduce themselves in the Zoom chat in order to notify the tour guide of who they can address should there be any disruptive issues. Should there not be a chaperone present at the beginning of the Webinar, the virtual tour may be cancelled.
Please ensure your organization’s participants show respect to the University, its faculty, staff, and students during the campus visit. Failure to do so may result in early conclusion of the visit and may prohibit future visits by your organization. Our tour guides are current students who love showing our campus to visitors and who are excited to explain the UK experience to students. Challenge your group to get the most out of the visit by being prepared, being engaged and interacting with the tour guides. Encourage discussion about UK even before your group arrives and have the students prepare questions. The best visits are those that are the most interactive. We want your students to get the most out of their time!
Recording of the virtual tour is strictly prohibited during the group visit. As all tour guides are University of Kentucky students, all efforts must be made to respect the privacy and security of our students during the virtual visit. No exceptions will be made.