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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  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 an above-average public university located in Highland Heights, Kentucky in the Cincinnati Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,184 undergraduate students. The Northern Kentucky acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Nursing, Organizational Behavior Studies, and Psychology. Graduating 38% of students, Northern Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,900.
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
91%
Application Deadline
August 21
SAT Range
880-1160
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$8,910/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $3,464/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,310/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,930/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,670/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,157/ year
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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.105 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.105 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,184Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 71 responses
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  • Commutor
    59%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Campus living
    14%
  • Leader
    3%
  • Diverse
    1%

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.140 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.167 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • An amazing experience
    31%
  • A pretty good education for good cost
    14%
  • Wonerful
    13%
  • Fun
    10%
  • Private education, public price
    8%
  • Okay
    7%
  • Good but frustrating
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
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 Reviews

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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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There is certainly enough to do on campus, so it feels like your getting your money's worth with the amount of classes they have available. They also try and take all the steps they can to make it the least expensive it can be, even for their abroad terms, and the class fees in general. Even with allowing you to rent things such as laptops and textbooks for free with a swipe of your student ID card. So you could have a school year where you don't pay anything for books!
The overall campus is nice and the education program is awesome. The organizations make everyone feel welcome and comfortable even the upcoming freshmen. Overall, NKU has been great and I would recommend it to anyone in the area!