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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

Kentucky ranked #24 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 84,198 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Kentucky is $14,731 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $19,753 a year.

An estimated 60% of college students in Kentucky take out loans, with the average 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
$12,055 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 29,465 students at UK in total, 20,657 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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.

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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UK is $36,900.

#2

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
5,300 Yearly Degrees
$13,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 12,025 full-time undergraduates at U of L, and 21,402 students altogether. 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.

48% of U of L students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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 U of L is $34,800.

#3

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
4,682 Yearly Degrees
$12,140 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 12,919 full-time undergraduates at WKU, and 20,257 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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 average amount of student loans is $5,901 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.2% 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.

Public Public vs. Private
4,404 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,566 full-time undergraduates at Jefferson Community and Technical College, and 12,250 students altogether. 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 18.0% 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
4,179 Yearly Degrees

There are 9,478 students at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in total, 4,285 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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 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
$9,900 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Kentucky University is 16,612, of which 10,744 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Eastern is 4.9 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
3,544 Yearly Degrees

There are 4,201 students at Northern Kentucky State Vocational Technical School in total, 1,311 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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
$5,670 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of the Cumberlands is 10,097, of which 1,828 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. 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 6.5% 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.

Public Public vs. Private
3,323 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.

11% of West Kentucky Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

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.

#10

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,962 Yearly Degrees
$11,034 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 14,456 students at NKU in total, 8,962 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at NKU, the average graduation time is 4.8 years.

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

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

Students who graduate from NKU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,883 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Somerset Community College is 5,886, of which 2,589 students 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%.

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

Public Public vs. Private
2,852 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is 7,115, of which 2,324 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. 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

The total student population at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College is 4,289, of which 1,770 students are full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

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

Public Public vs. Private
2,161 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,516 full-time undergraduates at Owensboro Community and Technical College, and 3,787 students altogether. 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 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Owensboro Community and Technical College is $24,400.

Public Public vs. Private
2,133 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Maysville Community and Technical College is 3,495, of which 1,402 students 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,600 during the early-career years.

#16

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
2,107 Yearly Degrees
$8,214 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,584 full-time undergraduates at Murray State, and 10,012 students altogether. It takes the average Murray State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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 typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Murray State is $29,700.

#17

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,806 Yearly Degrees
$12,240 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 7,207 students at Campbellsville University in total, 2,128 of which are full-time undergraduates. 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 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%.

Students who graduate from Campbellsville University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,799 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,603 students at ACTC in total, 1,400 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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
$10,260 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,580 students at Morehead State University in total, 5,835 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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

Approximately 68% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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

There are 3,305 students at Hazard Community and Technical College in total, 1,139 of which 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%.

Students who graduate from Hazard Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,540 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,048 full-time undergraduates at Madisonville Community College, and 3,404 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Madisonville Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from Madisonville Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,391 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Hopkinsville Community College is 2,640, of which 934 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 16% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from Hopkinsville Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,369 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.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

Students who graduate from Big Sandy Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,222 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 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,047 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,513 full-time undergraduates at Southeast, and 3,229 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 typical student loan amount 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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