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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Kentucky State is a public university located in Frankfort, Kentucky in the Lexington Area. As a historically black college, Kentucky State has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,122 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Kentucky State acceptance rate is 45%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 20% of students, Kentucky State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,500.
About Kentucky State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
Website
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Kentucky State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
45%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
870-1020
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$9,561/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,537/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.18 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,122Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
635
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
77%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 7 responses
Report
  • Spirited
    86%
  • Diverse
    14%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.23 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Onward and upward
    50%
  • More organization
    30%
  • Going down the crapper
    10%
  • Home away from home
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
20%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
100%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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Transferring to KSU, I have found it very exciting to be in a humble and diverse environment. The caring support from student and faculty has made my first-semester experience remarkable. Being a Florida resident and then attending a predominantly white Institution in the state of Minnesota, I was fearful and lacked the will to achieve greatness due to the fact of me having the feeling of not being accepted or being inferior to my classmates because of the color of my skin. I played sports in Minnesota and I would go through tough times and I wouldn't receive the help that was necessary to withstand a peace in mind to succeed from my coaches so I gradually begin to fail academically. After attending KSU for just one semester I now have a GPA of a 3.64, have earned an athletic scholarship as a walk-on and has found the girl of my dreams. My overall experience has been nothing but excellent since I step foot on campus.
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I went there back in the 90s and see from the reviews that not much has changed. The school concentrates more on the black students getting in than they do any other race. The financial aid office was pitiful when I attended. On several occasions in which I had an appointment, I would be told that I had to come back. The last time this happened, I never went back. The school enrolled me in the 2 classes I had signed up for even though I did not get any financial aid and had to way to pay for the classes. I attempted many times to contact the 2 professors so I could withdraw, even going to their offices several times, but could never get in touch with them. They then gave me grades of F reducing my 3.7 GPA down to below 2 %. Some of the "professors" barely or rarely show up for class and then give you a simple test and pass you. That was not what I was paying for, I actually wanted to study and learn to improve my knowledge. I would never recommend this school to anyone.
Kentucky State University is a great college! The school is a great HBCU. They have great and overly certified teachers. Great activities for the students to engage in. The campus is safe for staff and students. Graduation rates are high and job acceptance is also! Kentucky State is a great school for anyone who wants to go out of state and have a home feeling.