The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university and a flagship public university. The campus sits on 784 acres of land in Lexington, Kentucky which is an urban environment. The university is an excellent research university, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
John Bowman founded the university in 1865. The original name was the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. Originally, this university was a male-only school, but in 1880, women received admission. The early campus consisted of the Barker Hall, the main building, and a lake. The UK is home to some of the largest buildings in the United States. The Biomedical Biological Science Research is one of the largest buildings in the state of Kentucky.