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Northern Kentucky University Overview

Northern Kentucky University is a public institution located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Highland Heights is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Northern Kentucky University Known For?

2,287 Undergraduate Awards
$25,526 Avg Cost After Aid
90% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at NKU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northern Kentucky University Rankings

NKU is ranked #4 out of 35 schools in Kentucky.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

NKU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#81 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#253 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NKU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Business/Corporate Communications Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Business/Corporate Communications Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular English Language & Literature Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Writing Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Architectural Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Neurobiology & Neurosciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Value Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#133 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards NKU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Highest Paid Health Sciences & Services Graduates College Factual
#4 Highest Paid Industrial Production Technology Graduates College Factual
#8 Best Health Sciences & Services Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Best Health Sciences & Services Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#10 Best Value Colleges for Health Sciences & Services College Factual
#18 Highest Paid Engineering Technologies Graduates College Factual

Where Is Northern Kentucky University?

Location of Northern Kentucky University

Contact details for NKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-572-5100
Website: www.nku.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nkuedu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nkuedu

How Do I Get Into NKU?

You can apply to NKU online at: https://nku.edu/admissions.html

Admission Requirements for NKU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into NKU?

90% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
Since NKU has an acceptance rate of 90%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to NKU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 493 and 620. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 493 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800
NKU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Northern Kentucky University?

$25,526 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NKU is $25,526. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NKU, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $5,480 a year. That adds up to $21,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NKU is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Northern Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,243 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,868 undergraduate students at NKU, with 8,243 being full-time and 3,625 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NKU

There are also 3,796 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,243 full-time undergraduates at NKU, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NKU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Kentucky University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NKU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 114
Black or African American 603
Hispanic or Latino 298
White 6,554
International Students 305
Other Races/Ethnicities 369

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at Northern Kentucky University. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 70 countries are represented at NKU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Northern Kentucky University

2,740 Took All Classes Online
7,567 Took At Least One Class Online
16.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 16 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at NKU. In 2017-2018, 7,567 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NKU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 9th most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NKU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Kentucky University was 16.8%. This is the #1,007 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NKU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NKU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 42%
Business Administration & Management 74%
Business/Corporate Communications 17%
Communication & Media Studies 1%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 19%
Educational Administration 16%
Health Professions 11%
Homeland Security 50%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 21%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 11%
Liberal Arts General Studies 11%
Management Information Systems 15%
Nursing 19%
Psychology 6%
Social Sciences 16%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NKU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NKU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Business/Corporate Communications #3
Other Computer & Information Sciences #3
Construction Management #7
Medical Illustration & Informatics #12
Health Sciences & Services #17
Management Information Systems #20
Communication & Media Studies #35
Human Resource Management #44
General Education #49
Communication & Journalism #53
Educational Administration #92
Teacher Education Grade Specific #98
Computer & Information Sciences #126
Criminal Justice & Corrections #137
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #139
Liberal Arts General Studies #139
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #151
Nursing #196
Education #245
Health Professions #330
Business, Management & Marketing #372

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern Kentucky University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 175 14 100 8 297
Business Administration & Management 0 0 190 10 0 0 200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 117 0 37 0 154
Social Work 0 0 84 0 70 0 154
Human Resource Management 0 0 110 0 21 0 131
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 31 86 0 6 0 123
Computer Information Systems 0 0 122 0 0 0 122
Law 0 0 0 0 0 119 119
General Psychology 0 0 92 0 0 0 92
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 84 0 4 0 88
General Biology 0 0 74 0 0 0 74
Information Science 0 0 50 0 23 0 73
General English Literature 0 0 51 0 18 0 69
Accounting 0 0 52 0 16 0 68
Allied Health Professions 0 0 65 0 0 0 65
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 54 0 11 0 65
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 63 0 0 0 63
Journalism 0 0 57 0 0 0 57
General Business/Commerce 0 7 27 0 20 0 54
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
Industrial Production Technology 14 0 37 0 0 0 51
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 48 0 0 0 48
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 47 0 0 0 47
History 0 0 36 0 9 0 45
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 36 2 0 0 38
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 19 18 37
Management Information Systems 3 0 30 0 0 0 33
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 10 19 0 29
Construction Management 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Marketing 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Political Science & Government 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 4 0 18 0 22
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 22 0 22
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 20 0 0 0 0 20
International Relations & National Security 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Information Technology 4 0 0 0 15 0 19
Chemistry 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Anthropology 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Mathematics 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Music 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Romance Languages 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Special Education 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 1 12 0 13
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Sociology 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Writing Studies 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
Geography & Cartography 4 0 5 1 0 0 10
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
General Social Sciences 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Statistics 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
General Education 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Physics 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
Philosophy 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Homeland Security 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Germanic Languages 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Computer Software & Applications 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 32 58 2,197 58 472 145 2,962

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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