CATS Overview

Student-Athlete Handbook (PDF)


The mission of the CATS program is to create an environment where all student-athletes have the opportunity to maximize their academic, personal, and social growth and improve their post-college quality of life.


  • In 1981, Kentucky became the first university in the nation to open an academic center dedicated to student-athletes.
  • In 1998, CATS moved to its current location located in Memorial Coliseum adjacent to the Joe Craft Center.
  • Funded by the Ohio Casualty Group Insurance, the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services has:

20,000 square feet of space, 2 levels
A computer lab houses 37 state-of-the-art computers with universal access to software
A study area accommodates 60 seats in a quiet atmosphere
25 private tutor rooms housing computers with internet access
Over 1,000 hours of tutoring computed per week
Over 100 tutors employed each semester
Scheduled tutor sessions assigned at the beginning of each semester as a proactive measure