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61 Colleges
51,717 Yearly Graduations
$58,022 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,428 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2018, 51,717 students received a degree from a college in Kentucky, making it rank #27 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $14,506 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,436 a year.

About 54% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,857 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
7,637 Yearly Degrees
$11,703 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,657 full-time undergraduates at UK, and 29,465 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

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

Approximately 49% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,661 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
5,184 Yearly Degrees
$12,684 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Louisville is 21,402, of which 12,025 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at U of L is 4.6 years.

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

Roughly 48% of students at U of L take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,621 a year. U of L has a 6.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from U of L with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
4,519 Yearly Degrees
$12,140 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 12,919 full-time undergraduates at WKU, and 20,257 students altogether. For undergraduates at WKU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,901 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.5% is close 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.

#4

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
3,822 Yearly Degrees
$9,900 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,744 full-time undergraduates at Eastern, and 16,612 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Eastern is 4.9 years.

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

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,730 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,993 Yearly Degrees
$11,034 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Northern Kentucky University is 14,456, of which 8,962 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NKU is 4.8 years.

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

58% of NKU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,480 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,800 during the early-career years.

#6

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,561 Yearly Degrees
$5,670 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,097 students at Cumberland College in total, 1,828 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Cumberland College undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,806 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#7

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,332 Yearly Degrees
$8,214 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,012 students at Murray State in total, 6,584 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Murray State, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

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

57% of Murray State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,696 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#8

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,790 Yearly Degrees
$10,260 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Morehead State University is 10,580, of which 5,835 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Morehead State University is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

68% of Morehead State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,096 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,335 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Jefferson Community and Technical College is 12,250, of which 3,566 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Jefferson Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,525 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Jefferson Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,238 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,285 full-time undergraduates at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and 9,478 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 28% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,417 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,152 Yearly Degrees
$14,160 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,321 full-time undergraduates at Sullivan University, and 3,489 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,724 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sullivan University is $26,000.

#12

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
953 Yearly Degrees
$11,560 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,757 students at Bellarmine U in total, 2,410 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Bellarmine U, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,093 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bellarmine U is $42,200.

#13

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
881 Yearly Degrees
$10,080 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,128 full-time undergraduates at Campbellsville University, and 7,207 students altogether. For undergraduates at Campbellsville University, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 69%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

56% of Campbellsville University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,081 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Campbellsville University is $27,300.

Public Public vs. Private
757 Yearly Degrees

There are 7,115 students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in total, 2,324 of which are 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 average amount of student loans is $3,885 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
752 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,589 full-time undergraduates at SCC, and 5,886 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 27% of students at SCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,189 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,100 during the early-career years.

#16

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
745 Yearly Degrees
$16,921 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Public Public vs. Private
715 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,770 full-time undergraduates at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, and 4,289 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

23% of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College 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 22.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College is $24,900.

#18

Galen College of Nursing-Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
641 Yearly Degrees

There are 790 full-time undergraduates at Galen College of Nursing-Louisville, and 1,703 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 90% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,389 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,200 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
633 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is 6,038, of which 2,140 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 11% of students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,019 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from West Kentucky Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
631 Yearly Degrees
$13,166 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 2,071 students at Spalding in total, 916 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Spalding, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 59%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 65% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Spalding take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,031 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Spalding is $35,400.

Public Public vs. Private
607 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,787 students at Owensboro Community and Technical College in total, 1,516 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at Owensboro Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,877 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Owensboro Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
599 Yearly Degrees
$8,651 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Lindsey Wilson College is 2,565, of which 1,919 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Lindsey Wilson College is 4.4 years.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,205 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Lindsey Wilson College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
570 Yearly Degrees
$16,686 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,083 students at SBTS in total, 599 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Around 57% of accepted students are men, and 43% are women.

32% of SBTS students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $12,208 a year.

#24

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
549 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,987 full-time undergraduates at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and 4,346 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

26% of Big Sandy Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,474 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 28.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Big Sandy Community and Technical College is $21,300.

#25

Georgetown College

Georgetown, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
455 Yearly Degrees

There are 976 full-time undergraduates at Georgetown College, and 1,767 students altogether. For undergraduates at Georgetown College, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 77% of students at Georgetown College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,288 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 Georgetown College is $31,400.

Other Kentucky Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Hopkinsville Community College 447
27 Gateway Community and Technical College 431
27 University of Pikeville 431
29 Ashland Community and Technical College 430
30 Asbury University 425
31 Thomas More College 422
32 Madisonville Community College 416
33 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College 407
34 Maysville Community and Technical College 400
35 Centre College 393
36 Hazard Community and Technical College 341
37 Kentucky State University 340
38 Midway University 333
39 Berea College 330
40 Union College Kentucky 296
41 Asbury Theological Seminary 281
42 Transylvania University 252
43 Brescia University 229
44 Henderson Community College 191
45 Kentucky Christian University 180
46 Kentucky Wesleyan College 145
47 ATA College 96
47 Beckfield College - Florence 96
49 Alice Lloyd College 88
50 American National University - Lexington 65
51 Daymar College - Bowling Green 55
52 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 38
53 Simmons College of Kentucky 26
54 Ross College-Hopkinsville 24
55 Clear Creek Baptist Bible College 17
56 University of Phoenix - Kentucky 13
56 Kentucky Mountain Bible College 13
58 Lexington Theological Seminary 10
59 Interactive College of Technology-Newport 5
60 MedQuest College 0
60 Galen College of Nursing-ARH 0

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