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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  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 8,962 undergraduate students. The Northern Kentucky acceptance rate is 90%. Popular majors include Nursing, Organizational Behavior Studies, and Business. Graduating 40% of students, Northern Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,800.
About Northern Kentucky University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Horizon League
Address
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
90%
Application Deadline
August 21
SAT Range
990-1210
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$9,338/ 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
$8,295/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.109 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.109 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,962Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,367
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • Commutor
    56%
  • Friendly
    24%
  • Campus living
    13%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Leader
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.144 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.171 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • An amazing experience
    32%
  • A pretty good education for good cost
    13%
  • Wonerful
    12%
  • Fun
    9%
  • Private education, public price
    8%
  • Good but frustrating
    7%
  • Okay
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
40%
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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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!
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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!
I'm an online grad student. The online program was easy to figure out and the support is AMAZING! They have enough staff and stay in touch and call you to make sure that everything is going well for you. I had never taken online courses, plus I have not been in college for years, and they made the adjustment fairly painless. The instructors are flexible and understand there's a learning curve and allow some adjustment for crazy medical work schedules! I am so glad I chose NKU.