2017 Best Colleges in Kentucky

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    Centre College

    • Danville, KY
    • 308 reviews
    College Sophomore:Centre is a challenging school, but it offers an enriching environment for students where they are able to learn from the best professors around. The school community is friendly and supportive, always encouraging students to do their best and be their best.
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    University of Kentucky

    • Lexington, KY
    • 3,298 reviews
    College Junior:I have had wonderful experiences with the professors here, they are very accommodating, while still assertive. I wish there were more course options, especially in my field of study and in the visual/performing arts department.
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    Transylvania University

    • Lexington, KY
    • 257 reviews
    College Freshman:Professors at Transy really care a lot about their students and encourage students to come to their office hours if they need any help. Courses vary in difficulty, but you are almost guaranteed to come out of a class with some sort of long-lasting knowledge. Class sizes vary from ~5 students to <30. Most are somewhere in the middle with about 15-20 students. Many classes focus on discussions and want students to give input during lectures.
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    Bellarmine University

    • Louisville, KY
    • 569 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love it here. I love the atmosphere, the staff, my professors. I am so glad to be here. I have met so many wonderful people. Though, it is very stressful at times, especially when it comes to financial aid.
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    University of Louisville

    • Louisville, KY
    • 1,880 reviews
    College Junior:I love U of L. I had a really difficult time deciding on a college, but ultimately picked Louisville because it was the one that I could most easily see myself being happy at, and I was right.
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    Berea College

    • Berea, KY
    • 419 reviews
    College Junior:Berea College has been a good fit for me in terms of size and the strength of the academics. There are many aspects of the campus and administration that are not favorable, but I have enjoyed it thus far. I do believe that the academics are at times ridiculous in the nursing program, as if the college feels they needs to overcompensate for its small size. Though there are disagreeable aspects, in all I am happy I chose Berea and am proud to be graduating debt free. I also feel as though the labor program has bettered me as a person and is a strong aspect of the college.
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    Murray State University

    • Murray, KY
    • 1,073 reviews
    College Junior:I love the fact that I can go to a relatively small school but still have things around to do and plenty of organizations on campus. I've found opportunities to lead, make friends, and pursue my passions.
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    Spalding University

    • Louisville, KY
    • 289 reviews
    College Sophomore:The classes are very small and the professors and usually very helpful. There is a wide variety of classes offered some fill up fast since class size is small.
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    Asbury University

    • Wilmore, KY
    • 373 reviews
    College Junior:My school is a small, private, liberal arts institution. While I'm studying education and thus don't have as much time as I would like to explore the variety of classes, I love the emphasis that my school puts on developing the whole person rather than just the future professional.
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    Georgetown College

    • Georgetown, KY
    • 294 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors are INCREDIBLE here! They are all very intelligent and passionate about their courses. They invest in each student and care so deeply that the student not only passes their course but also grows in every area of life. The professors are always available for office hours and are more than willing to help if the student is confused or just needs advice.
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    Brescia University

    • Owensboro, KY
    • 134 reviews
    College Junior:The English department is full of phenomenal professors, and I am mostly satisfied with the program. My only complaint is that the professional writing emphasis requires too many literature classes in comparison to writing classes.
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    Eastern Kentucky University

    • Richmond, KY
    • 1,329 reviews
    College Junior:I loved how welcoming my school was my first year and all of the activities on campus to be a part of. I love mostly that it's small. There is an everyone knows everyone atmosphere which I love!
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    Kentucky Wesleyan College

    • Owensboro, KY
    • 139 reviews
    College Junior:At KWC, I am very satisfied with the way the CIS professors conduct classes. They make sure we have plenty of power point slides and extra notes to study from. The course work is plenty busy but they provide tutors for anything that we may not understand
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    Northern Kentucky University

    • Highland Heights, KY
    • 1,600 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience at Northern Kentucky University so far has been great. The professors give thoughtful feedback, which allows me to grow in my understanding of the design field. The people are generally positive, which creates a successful learning environment.
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    Western Kentucky University

    • Bowling Green, KY
    • 1,840 reviews
    College Junior:There are a lot of great career prospects WKU has to offer, with that also there are opportunities to expand your knowledge and get experience with your field. For example Biology offers opportunities to work for the Bio Lab professors and conduct research experiments to learn.
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    University of the Cumberlands

    • Williamsburg, KY
    • 335 reviews
    College Freshman:There are clubs for my major. We have advisors who will sit and talk with you and be patient. Each department is good about paying attention to their major.
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    Sullivan University

    • Louisville, KY
    • 929 reviews
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    St. Catharine College

    • Saint Catharine, KY
    • 98 reviews
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    Thomas More College

    • Crestview Hills, KY
    • 185 reviews
    College Sophomore:I really have enjoyed my time at Thomas More College. The school is very close knit but not to small so you still have the great college feel. The professors really do taking their time to make sure the students can excel to the best of their abilities and over all reach for all the goals they want to obtain. They have small class sizes allowing the students to get that one-on-one interaction from the teacher.
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    Morehead State University

    • Morehead, KY
    • 918 reviews
    College Junior:My school has done a great job working with me. Being a single parent and struggling financially they have been kind and understanding all while still showing me i can achieve the greatness of my goals.
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    Kentucky Christian University

    • Grayson, KY
    • 132 reviews
    College Sophomore:At KCU I have gone through times when I loved it and times when I have hated it. Often it feels like there is a lack of social life on campus because it is such a small school, but for the most part I am happy with the atmosphere. I did feel like I should have learned more from my first year, but I am sure the professors and courses will get better as I get into the more advanced courses.
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    Lindsey Wilson College

    • Columbia, KY
    • 307 reviews
    College Sophomore:Lindsey Wilson College is a great choice for me. The student activities always have something going on and so do clubs. There is always a sports event to go to as well. The college is full of great professors and education; I'm really confident in my studies because of how knowledgeable they are. The campus is also very diverse which is a great chance to become friends with many people from different cultures.
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    Union College - Kentucky

    • Barbourville, KY
    • 101 reviews
    College Junior:I love my professor but the equipment we have is completely outdated and we need a lot of things but have no budget. It would also be nice if we had more than one professor for the major.
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    Kentucky State University

    • Frankfort, KY
    • 277 reviews
    College Junior:We have a returning president from the glory days and he is making a lot of changes. Some I like while others I do not like. But Enrollment is down and the financial aid office is iffy most of the time, other than that I'm glad I transferred to Kentucky State.
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    University of Pikeville

    • Pikeville, KY
    • 148 reviews
    College Junior:Its ok because the people are great here but it feels like you don't get the entire college experience here. There really isn't any school spirit.
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