Since the original land grant, the campus has grown into a complex of sidewalks and buildings.
Pioneers in the growth of the modern University realized that UK and the Commonwealth must grow together if either was to keep pace with our growing nation. Today a network of centers is enlarging the educational facilities of the University. The Agricultural Extension Service guides the state's farmers. Research facilities contribute to industrial expansion and development.
Cumberland Gap, historic gateway to the West, offered passage through the Allegheny Mountains for early Kentucky settlers.