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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?

2,336 Undergraduate Awards
$25,481 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at NKU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northern Kentucky University Rankings

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
#114 Best Associate 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 Best Value Corporate Communications Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Architectural Engineering Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Other Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Physiology & Pathology Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Neurobiology & Neurosciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#119 Most Popular Education 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
#4 Best Architectural Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#4 Best Architectural Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#8 Best Engineering Technologies Associate Degree Schools College Factual
#15 Best Manufacturing Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#19 Best Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Technology Schools College Factual
#23 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Schools College Factual

Where Is Northern Kentucky University?

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Contact details for NKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-572-5100
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 neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into NKU?

87% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
Since NKU has an acceptance rate of 87%, 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 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 88%, and the acceptance rate for women is 86%.

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 480 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 600 )
200
800
NKU received ACT scores from 93% 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 26. 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 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Northern Kentucky University?

$25,481 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
7.7% 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 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,052 a year. That adds up to $24,208 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NKU is 7.7%. 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

8,024 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,507 undergraduate students at NKU, with 8,024 being full-time and 3,483 being part-time.

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There are also 4,704 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,024 full-time undergraduates at NKU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 127
Black or African American 558
Hispanic or Latino 327
White 6,361
International Students 233
Other Races/Ethnicities 418

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

7,835 Took All Classes Online
15,166 Took At Least One Class Online
52.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at NKU. In 2019-2020, 15,166 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of NKU

The following table shows how NKU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Computer & Information Sciences #1 #1
Construction Management #4 #1
Medical Illustration & Informatics #13 #10
Mental & Social Health Services #16 #19
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #22 #7
Management Information Systems #22 #23
Liberal Arts General Studies #22 #7
Information Science #25 #22
Health Sciences & Services #38 #40
Human Resource Management #46 #76
Communication & Media Studies #61 #56
Communication & Journalism #64 #59
Allied Health Professions #70 #75
General Education #72 #63

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.

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
Business, Management & Marketing 15%
Construction Management 22%
Health Professions 21%
Health Sciences & Services 12%
Homeland Security 20%
Nursing 30%
Sociology 15%

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
Construction Management #7
History #18
History #18
Sociology #25
Homeland Security #31
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #42
Health Sciences & Services #53
Psychology #101
Social Sciences #101
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #206
Nursing #216

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 Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 0 0 223 30 108 66 427
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 306 4 0 0 310
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 154 0 31 0 185
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 141 0 0 0 141
Social Work 0 0 0 69 0 70 0 139
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 110 0 17 0 127
General Business/Commerce 0 4 0 16 0 100 0 120
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 17 0 92 0 11 0 120
Law 0 0 0 0 0 0 115 115
General Psychology 0 0 0 97 0 0 0 97
General Biology 0 0 0 83 0 0 0 83
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 73 0 4 0 77
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 59 0 15 0 74
Journalism 0 0 0 69 0 0 0 69
Information Science 0 0 0 46 0 17 0 63
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 56 0 0 0 56
General English Literature 0 0 0 42 0 11 0 53
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 48 0 0 0 48
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 47 0 0 0 47
History 0 0 0 36 0 9 0 45
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Accounting 0 0 0 20 0 16 0 36
Construction Management 0 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0 18 12 30
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 26 0 26
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 19 1 0 0 20
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Mathematics 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 4 14 0 18
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 6 11 0 17
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Chemistry 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Music 0 0 1 15 0 0 0 16
Special Education 0 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 14
Sociology 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 12
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 4 0 8 0 12
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Geography & Cartography 7 0 0 4 0 0 0 11
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Marketing 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Romance Languages 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Physics 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Anthropology 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Statistics 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Philosophy 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 35 1 2,293 62 524 193 3,115

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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