B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A
Northern Kentucky University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Horizon League
Address
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Website

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
91%
SAT Scores Range
900-1120
ACT Scores Range
20-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Northern Kentucky University

Cost

Net Price
$8,298/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,085/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,791/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,405/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,109/ year
  • $110k+
    $12,378/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
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.98 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.98 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,433Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Commutor
    63%
  • Friendly
    20%
  • Campus living
    14%
  • Leader
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.133 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.160 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • An amazing experience
    31%
  • Wonerful
    14%
  • Fun
    11%
  • A pretty good education for good cost
    9%
  • Private education, public price
    9%
  • Okay
    8%
  • Good but frustrating
    6%

After Northern Kentucky University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.74 responses

Northern Kentucky University Reviews

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If I had to say anything about NKU, it's that it has definitely seen a huge growth in the past few years both attendance and campus wise. Not to mention our sports teams have gotten only better and better every year; we even managed to get into the NCAA this year as a Division 1 school. The impression that i had, and the one most visiting students probably get about NKU is that it is a small campus; yes, unfortunately there's not much campus ground but it more than makes up for it in its class sizes. My one concern about first entering college was one about being overlooked by a professor in a huge lecture class, well fortunately here at NKU the classes are made to accommodate the students. Not once have I had a huge lecture class in which I felt I had no strong engagement with my professor, in actuality I refer to my professors by their first name, and that the kind of relationship that really will help you feel at home and help you grow here at NKU!
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Northern Kentucky University is an outstanding university! The school has small class sizes, so even the professor will know and even remember your name. This allows for a relationship with the professor and a better learning atmosphere. The professors truly care about the students learning and well-being. There are also a ton of clubs and fraternity/sorority to get more involved. Overall, this campus is unlike any other, due to their love for students and faculty alike.
I LOVE NKU. This is the most inviting campus I have ever been to. The people are amazing and so nice. The professors are involved with things on campus, the food is so good! Nku offers amazing opportunities for all students who are attending whether you are commuting or you are a resident. The organization opportunities are through the roof, from Greek Life, to sports teams, NKU offers something for every taste, and if they don't have something you want, they will help you create a program for it!