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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Northern Kentucky is a public university located in Highland Heights, Kentucky in the Cincinnati Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,551 undergraduate students. The Northern Kentucky acceptance rate is 89%. Popular majors include Nursing, Organizational Behavior Studies, and Business. Graduating 42% of students, Northern Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,800.
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
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About Northern Kentucky...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League

Northern Kentucky University Rankings

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

Northern Kentucky Admissions

Acceptance Rate
89%
Application Deadline
August 21
SAT Range
990-1230
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$9,753/ 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
$8,941/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.98 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.114 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.114 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
13
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
10
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    37%
  • On Campus
    51%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,551Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,363
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 77 responses
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  • Commutor
    56%
  • Friendly
    29%
  • Campus living
    13%
  • Leader
    3%

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.149 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.176 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 80 responses
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  • An amazing experience
    33%
  • A pretty good education for good cost
    15%
  • Wonerful
    11%
  • Fun
    9%
  • Okay
    8%
  • Private education, public price
    8%
  • Good but frustrating
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.74 responses
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I loved NKU! It was a wonderful place to earn my undergrad degree in nursing. the location is perfect and easy to navigate traffic. It is near a huge metropolis with many things to do. The parking is hassle-free. The professors are second to none in terms of accessibility and helpfulness. The availability of extra-circulars is too numerous to mention but includes intramural sports, Greek Life, and all the normal college activities that would be expected. A beautiful clean campus that always feels safe and welcoming!
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Northern Kentucky University has been such an amazing experience for me, even though I’m only a freshman!
First thing’s first, the school has been great besides some complications my roommate and I have experienced within housing. We’ve had to stay in two temporary dorms for ours being unfinished and having repairs (which has been very disorganized).
Anyways, the price is pretty well and the campus is gorgeous, modern, and sleek. The area gives you a feeling of safety and the people are usually extremely nice. I felt at home right away upon moving in. All of my professors are really helpful and you never feel burdened approaching them when class is over. And speaking of the classes, they haven’t been difficult thus far or overwhelming but of course that differs person to person.
Ultimately, NKU is a wonderful university and I have recommended it to so many upcoming freshmen already!
I love how when I go to campus everyday, I see different groups of people and events happening every single day. Also, I love that Northern Kentucky university has so many resources for their students. I have used at least 7 of the resources so far and it’s only the second month of classes! I absolutely love this campus and recommend this university to anyone looking for a college that cares about their students success!