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?
- The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at NKU.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of the faculty were full-time.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NKU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards NKU has earned from around the web.
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|#4||Highest Paid Industrial Production Technology Graduates||College Factual|
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Where Is Northern Kentucky University?
Contact details for NKU are given below.
|Address:||Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099|
How Do I Get Into NKU?
You can apply to NKU online at: https://nku.edu/admissions.html
Admission Requirements for NKU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into NKU?
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.
Can I Afford Northern Kentucky University?
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
There are also 2,850 graduate students at the school.
Of the 8,551 full-time undergraduates at NKU, 42% are male and 58% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Kentucky University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||619|
|Hispanic or Latino||291|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at NKU has changed over the last few years.
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.
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.
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.
*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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