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89 Colleges
84,198 Yearly Graduations
$58,922 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,127 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 84,198 students received a degree from a college in Kentucky, making it rank #24 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $14,731 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,753 a year.

About 60% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,282 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
8,125 Yearly Degrees
$12,360 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,236 undergraduates at UK, of which 20,622 are full-time, and there are 29,402 students altogether. For undergraduates at UK, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 49% of students at UK take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,661 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UK with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
5,300 Yearly Degrees
$11,928 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,670 students at UofL in total, 15,860 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 11,560 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UofL is 4.6 years.

About 75% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,621 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UofL is $34,800.

#3

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
4,682 Yearly Degrees
$10,802 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Kentucky University is 18,171, of which 15,895 students are undergraduates and of those, 11,815 are full-time. It takes the average WKU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 95% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,901 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,200 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
4,404 Yearly Degrees
$4,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Jefferson Community and Technical College is 12,560, which includes 3,060 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,525 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Jefferson Community and Technical College is $23,900.

Public Public vs. Private
4,179 Yearly Degrees
$4,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,143 students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in total, 4,553 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 28% of students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,417 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,800 during the early-career years.

#6

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
4,002 Yearly Degrees
$9,876 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Kentucky University is 14,980, of which 12,662 students are undergraduates and of those, 9,908 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

62% of Eastern students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,730 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Eastern is $29,800.

Public Public vs. Private
3,544 Yearly Degrees
$4,448 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,763 students at Gateway in total, 1,271 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 29% of students at Gateway take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,221 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,400 during the early-career years.

#8

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,430 Yearly Degrees
$9,875 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of the Cumberlands is 16,966, of which 3,874 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,670 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Cumberlands is 4.2 years.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 52% of accepted students are men, and 48% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,806 a year. Cumberlands has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,300 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
3,323 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,327 students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in total, 2,074 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

11% of West Kentucky Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,019 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,900 during the early-career years.

#10

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,962 Yearly Degrees
$10,296 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,868 undergraduates at NKU, of which 8,243 are full-time, and there are 15,664 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at NKU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,480 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NKU is $32,800.

#11

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,883 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,644 students at SCC in total, 2,205 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 27% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,189 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SCC is $20,100.

Public Public vs. Private
2,852 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is 6,648, which includes 2,254 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

20% of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,885 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is $23,800.

Public Public vs. Private
2,373 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,785 full-time undergraduates at SKYCTC, and 4,304 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

23% of SKYCTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,775 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,161 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,622 full-time undergraduates at Owensboro Community and Technical College, and 4,004 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,877 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,400 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,133 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,889 students at Maysville Community and Technical College in total, 1,349 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,488 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Maysville Community and Technical College is $21,600.

#16

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,107 Yearly Degrees
$9,174 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,139 undergraduates at Murray State, of which 6,190 are full-time, and there are 9,556 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Murray State is 4.6 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at Murray State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,696 a year. Murray State has a 8.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,700 during the early-career years.

#17

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,806 Yearly Degrees
$25,400 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,740 undergraduates at Campbellsville University, of which 2,458 are full-time, and there are 12,381 students altogether. It takes the average Campbellsville University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 69% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 56% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,081 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,300 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,799 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,295 full-time undergraduates at ACTC, and 2,598 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

36% of ACTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,018 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ACTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,759 Yearly Degrees
$9,290 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,654 students at Morehead State University in total, 8,958 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,393 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Morehead State University is 4.5 years.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Morehead State University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,096 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morehead State University is $27,200.

Public Public vs. Private
1,662 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,245 students at Hazard Community and Technical College in total, 1,051 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Hazard Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,589 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 28.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hazard Community and Technical College is $20,200.

#21

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,540 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Madisonville Community College is 3,737, which includes 1,019 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

18% of Madisonville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,039 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,700 during the early-career years.

#22

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,391 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 921 full-time undergraduates at Hopkinsville Community College, and 2,655 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

16% of Hopkinsville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,909 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,600 during the early-career years.

#23

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,369 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Big Sandy Community and Technical College is 2,718, which includes 1,634 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,474 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,300 during the early-career years.

#24

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,222 Yearly Degrees
$12,870 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,318 students at Sullivan University in total, 2,624 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,636 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 84% of students at Sullivan University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,724 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Sullivan University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,047 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,264 full-time undergraduates at Southeast, and 3,503 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at Southeast take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,517 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 28.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Southeast with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Kentucky Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Bellarmine University 1,019
27 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville 892
28 Frontier Nursing University 865
29 Lindsey Wilson College 713
30 Spalding University 594
31 The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 593
32 Georgetown College 497
33 Thomas More College 485
34 Henderson Community College 468
35 University of Pikeville 418
36 Asbury University 399
37 Centre College 378
38 Union College Kentucky 376
39 Berea College 349
40 Midway University 324
41 MedQuest College 317
42 Kentucky State University 300
43 Asbury Theological Seminary 285
44 Transylvania University 272
45 Brescia University 247
46 Beckfield College - Florence 196
47 ATA College 158
48 Kentucky Wesleyan College 142
49 Kentucky Christian University 135
50 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green 129
51 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington 98
52 American National University - Lexington 96
53 Alice Lloyd College 89
54 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville 77
55 Lexington Healing Arts Academy 74
56 Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education 69
57 Ross Medical Education Center - Erlanger 68
58 Medical Career & Technical College 65
58 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington 65
60 Galen College of Nursing - ARH 59
61 Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training 55
61 Daymar College - Bowling Green 55
63 Ross Medical Education Center - Owensboro 52
64 Ross College-Hopkinsville 51
65 American College of Barbering 46
66 Empire Beauty School-Dixie 45
67 Empire Beauty School-Hurstborne 36
68 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 34
68 Empire Beauty School-Elizabethtown 34
70 Barrett and Company School of Hair Design 33
70 Empire Beauty School-Florence 33
72 Empire Beauty School-Chenoweth 30
73 Appalachian Beauty School 27
74 Kentucky Mountain Bible College 26
74 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology 26
76 Interactive College of Technology - Newport 25
77 Ideal Beauty Academy 24
78 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville 22
78 Kentucky Horseshoeing School 22
80 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville 21
81 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow 20
82 Clear Creek Baptist Bible College 19
83 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 18
84 Simmons College of Kentucky 17
85 Lexington Theological Seminary 14
86 Tri-State Barber College 13
86 Regina Webb Academy 13
88 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Elizabethtown 12
89 South Eastern Beauty Academy 9

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