Northern Kentucky University

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Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY 41099

Phone: (859) 572-5100
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#77 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Northern Kentucky University is a public institution that was founded in 1968. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,318, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 398 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northern Kentucky University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 77. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,376 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,464 (2013-14).

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

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) was founded in 1968 and is part of the metropolitan area of greater Cincinnati. NKU is a learner-centered institution committed to lifelong public access to education with an emphasis on high quality, affordable education. Sixteen major buildings are of modern, contemporary architectural design and are set on 398 acres of rolling countryside. Adjacent to campus, the Bank of Kentucky Center, a 9,400 seat arena and convention center is a new addition to campus since Fall 2008. In Fall 2011, Griffin Hall opened which is the new state-of-the-art home to the College of Informatics. NKU has an enrollment approximately 15,700 students and employs 1,049 full-time staff and 550 full-time faculty. NKU offers 67 bachelor's degrees, 6 associate, 23 graduate, a juris doctorate, a doctorate in Education Leadership and a doctorate in Nurse Practioners. NKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). There are more than 170 student organizations. In Fall 2012, NKU athletics moved to the Atlantic Sun, a division 1 conference.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1968
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $74,270,000


When applying to Northern Kentucky University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Northern Kentucky University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.7 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northern Kentucky University is 18:1, and the school has 28.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northern Kentucky University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 27%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Education 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%

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Student Life

Northern Kentucky University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,318, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 87 percent of students live off campus. Northern Kentucky University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,634
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

Northern Kentucky University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Northern Kentucky University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 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 Northern Kentucky University.

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

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Paying for School

At Northern Kentucky University, 63.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,057.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,376 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,464 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,750 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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