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
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Northern Kentucky University is ...
Public
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
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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

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.102 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.102 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 68 responses
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  • Commutor
    62%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Campus living
    15%
  • Leader
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.137 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.164 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
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  • An amazing experience
    29%
  • Wonerful
    13%
  • A pretty good education for good cost
    13%
  • Fun
    10%
  • Private education, public price
    9%
  • 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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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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I like that there are many different courses offered and that teachers are willing to work with you when life happens. What could be improved is the offering of major types online, as well as the offering of different types of minors online. Currently, English is not an online minor, but I would love to see it become one!
So far my experience going back to school using the PACE online program at Northern Kentucky University is going well. I am please with my advisor and the ease of my experience being able to set up my classes. There are many opportunities that Northern Kentucky University offers to help students succeed in their studies. The tuition is fairly affordable compared to other nationwide universities. Northern Kentucky is growing and offers a wide range of degrees and higher education degrees. One of the reasons that I chose Northern Kentucky University is because of the PACE online program. This allows me the flexibility that i need, while still getting a great education to finish college, get my degree and graduate.