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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$25,481 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at NKU is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at NKU is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 97% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, NKU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $46,832 a year. That's about 15% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is Northern Kentucky University?


Contact details for NKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-572-5100

How Do I Get Into NKU?

You can apply to NKU online at:

Admission Requirements for NKU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into NKU?

80% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Northern Kentucky University is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 480 and 590. Math scores were between 503 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 503 to 620 )
NKU received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Northern Kentucky University?

$25,481 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
2.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NKU is $25,481. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NKU, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $5,689 a year. That adds up to $22,756 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NKU is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northern Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,598 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,814 undergraduate students at NKU, with 7,598 being full-time and 3,216 being part-time.


There are also 5,165 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,598 full-time undergraduates at NKU, 40% are male and 60% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 125
Black or African American 529
Hispanic or Latino 324
White 5,955
International Students 264
Other Races/Ethnicities 401

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

6,629 Took All Classes Online
12,105 Took At Least One Class Online
52.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 12 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at NKU. In 2020-2021, 12,105 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.


This school is the 21st most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of NKU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Kentucky University was 52.4%. This is the #650 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NKU regardless of major.

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%.


*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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