Kentucky State University

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400 E. Main Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: (502) 597-6000
2012-2013 Tuition
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rolling admission

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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Kentucky State University is a public institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,296, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 915 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kentucky State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,858 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,458 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

A historically black college founded in 1886 to train African American teachers, Kentucky State University never strayed from its roots of providing the most eager students access to a higher education. KSU continually finds ways to help students fulfill their dreams of earning a degree: whether securing them financial aid to begin and continue their educational journey; preparing students for college-level study with refresher courses and pre-entry programs; providing a flexible class schedule to allow working students to take classes online, at lunch or after work; or offering small class sizes and accessible teachers, which gives teachers and students more individualized time for instruction.

The faculty, staff and students embody the most diverse mix in the Commonwealth. More than 40 percent of the campus represent various ethnicities besides African American, including students from Central America, the Caribbean, Asian countries and Europe. Several years ago, KSU launched a Hispanic Initiative to better serve the needs of the Latino populations in Kentucky and to encourage more Hispanics to attend college. Since then, more Hispanics have turned to KSU. KSU also reached across the ocean to establish research partnerships and exchange programs with colleges and universities in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Now, several KSU students teach English as a second language overseas or study in Asia while their counterparts stay in Frankfort and learn to be English as a second language teachers for their home countries.

KSU provides something for everyone from traditional liberal arts fare to business, science, agricultural studies, fine arts, nursing, education, criminal justice, social work and aquaculture. In the last three years, the graduate studies program has grown. KSU now offers master's degrees in aquaculture, business administration, environmental studies, computer science, public administration and the online master's in special education. The university continues to expand its course selection by introducing the new journalism/mass communications degree program and specializations for the master's in business administration.

The only 1890 Land Grant institution in Kentucky, KSU focuses on agricultural studies, extension services, competitive research and its program of distinction, aquaculture. KSU's Community Research Service and Aquaculture faculty are breaking ground with their experiments and helping bolster the state's and nation's economy.

For example, aquaculture researchers are teaching Kentucky farmers how to cultivate a caviar, shrimp and tilapia crop. The aquaculture department also partnered with the Frankfort Sewer Department to explore a new, safer, more effective way to harvest paddlefish while simultaneously cleaning wastewater. Aquaculture has become the fastest growing segment of agriculture in America and a booming business throughout the world. KSU leads the state in offering aquaculture as a viable cash crop alternative for former tobacco farmers.

The Land Grant program staff also educates part-time and small farmers about how to make their land more profitable and how to sustain natural and financial obstacles through a series of outreach initiatives and workshops on campus. Meanwhile, KSU students partner with Land Grant Community Research Service researchers to test theories, conduct experiments and aid in national and international research, which gives them experience for graduate school and their future careers and also allows them to publish and present their findings at local, state and national competitions.

In the past five years, the message about KSU has spread. Applications and admissions have increased substantially, making KSU the fastest growing university in Kentucky since 2006. This not only benefits the niversity and students, it helps Kentucky reach its goal of having 400,000 bachelor's degree recipients living in-state.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $11,169,649


When applying to Kentucky State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Kentucky State University is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 44.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 44.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kentucky State University is 14:1, and the school has 63.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kentucky State University include: Business/Commerce, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 50.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 4%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 16%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 13%
Psychology, General 10%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%

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Student Life

Kentucky State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,296, with a gender distribution of 41.1 percent male students and 58.9 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus. Kentucky State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,524
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Kentucky State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Kentucky State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Kentucky State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Kentucky State University, 87.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,898.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,858 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,458 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,580 (2012-13)
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