2017 Best Colleges in Kentucky

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    Centre College

    • Danville, KY
    • 309 reviews
    College Senior:I love how interesting all my classes are! The best part is most of my peers feel the same too, so class generally includes participation on part of the students. The professors, of course, are great. They have lots of office hours, and usually try to work with the students- including athletes who have to miss every now and then.
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    University of Kentucky

    • Lexington, KY
    • 3,304 reviews
    Sophomore:The University of Kentucky is a fantastic school for an unbelievable amount of reasons. The class sizes vary in the sense that you can be in a three-hundred-person lecture but the recitation for the class consists of between fifteen to thirty people. Therefore, the TA’s know you and you can get to know the professor as well when need be! The campus is absolutely beautiful to say the least. There are many skeptics out there because how much construction is going on around campus but it is all worth it. In 2016 they officially opened the new business school which is state of the art and is beautiful. However, tuition can be a little expensive for out of students, like myself, so it sometimes scares students off but they do a fantastic job pulling in students from across the country. If I could see one thing change is the parking situation on campus is very clustered and sometimes not everyone gets a parking spot and it becomes very possible to get a ticket by parking somewhere else.
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    Transylvania University

    • Lexington, KY
    • 257 reviews
    College Sophomore:Transylvania truly is my "home away from home." I've never felt such a belonging and pride before as I do being a student here. The significantly small campus community size makes it easy to feel connected to every other student and the location could not be more ideal. If you want to enjoy the city, walk three blocks downtown, but if you feel like cruising the countryside, you're only a five minute drive from the "horse capital of the world" and gorgeous farmland. Transy is a little taste from every dish, and you only grow more attached to it with time.
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    Bellarmine University

    • Louisville, KY
    • 571 reviews
    Sophomore:I have loved my time as a Bellarmine student. The campus is incredibly inviting and really feels like one big, happy family. There is something to do for everyone, no matter what your interests are. There are over 100 different clubs, and if someone wishes to start a new one, they have the ability to do so! In addition to to Bellarmine having something to do for everyone, the professors are incredibly helpful and very engaging. I have yet to have had a professor that did not go out of their way to help me succeed. All of my professors challenge me to think in ways I did not before and to go outside of my comfort zone. I have made so many life long friends here and I know that after I finish college, I will have no trouble finding a job, purely because Bellarmine is so prestigious.
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    University of Louisville

    • Louisville, KY
    • 1,890 reviews
    Freshman:I'm a current freshman at U of L, and I love it here! The campus is beautiful; it's not too big and not too small. There are hundreds of student organizations, so there's something here for everyone! Some of my class sizes are big, but some are the same as my high school class sizes. Either way, the professors really care about all of their students, and it's not difficult to form relationships with them. The students here are so kind; everyone wants to be friends with everyone else! Students are very accepting of all kinds of people. The food on and around campus is great, but I do wish we had just a few more on-campus options. My dorm is really nice, too. I would definitely recommend this university!
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    Berea College

    • Berea, KY
    • 421 reviews
    College Junior:I love Berea College! The administrators and academic advisers really care about the students. They are involved in their students' lives and get to know them. To them we are not just a number on a piece of paper, we are people. Out of all of the schools I read about and visited, only Berea College made me feel as though not only my education but my personal well-being also mattered to them!
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    Murray State University

    • Murray, KY
    • 1,075 reviews
    Sophomore:Murray State University is a great school. I love the atmosphere, and the campus is really pretty during the fall with the leaves changing colors. The town is great too. There are several places to go eat, and there are lots of places to go and do fun things at. On campus, they have pretty good food, and most of the professors are pretty awesome and understanding. It is a more laid back atmosphere, and if you are interested in staying focused but also interested in having fun this is the perfect place for you to be. There are plenty of options on getting the quiet study time that you need, and if you have had enough of studying you can almost always find a fun activity to do to keep you entertained! :)
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    Spalding University

    • Louisville, KY
    • 291 reviews
    College Junior:I just transferred from the University of Louisville to join the Nursing program at Spalding University. I chose Spalding because it is a small private school. I knew I was going to get a better learning experience. I didn't know much about the school but as soon as I came in contact with the faculty and staff I couldn't have been more impressed. They were extremely helpful when it came to getting everything transferred and in on time. They worked with me and most importantly made me extremely important. You can tell that the staff really does care about you and your education. I feel excited to be there and I know the staff and faculty are cheering me on!
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    Asbury University

    • Wilmore, KY
    • 375 reviews
    College Freshman:Asbury is a wonderful school full of fellowship and smiling faces. This school makes me feel so welcome and safe, and I am very happy with my decision. I would most definitely choose Asbury again, due to the fact that the professors are caring, the staff is genuine, and the students are so reassuring and helpful! My favorite aspect of Asbury would be my liberal arts class, because it opens up a whole bunch of new topics and the professor is by far my favorite. She is so personable and approachable and happy. Our school is unique in the sense that it sincerely is a dry campus, and there are no parties unless they are school sponsored. No one goes against the rules and everything is clean fun. The special events that Asbury offers are awesome as well, whether it be a cook out and worshiping at midnight. I love this school and am so glad I get to be a part of the community.
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    Georgetown College

    • Georgetown, KY
    • 294 reviews
    Niche User:What I loved most about Georgetown College is their small class size. I felt like I had one-on-one experiences with my teacher, they knew my name; not just my face! I loved the family-like atmosphere of a small campus. Being a student-athlete comes with a lot of amazing opportunities not every student can experience. The girls on their acro-tumbling team took me under their wing and made me feel special when I visited. It's been 6 months and I still receive phone calls, texts, and emails from the girls checking to see how my senior year is going. I LOVED Georgetown College.
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    Brescia University

    • Owensboro, KY
    • 135 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Excellent, quality education. You truly are part of the family when you enroll in Brescia. Challenging without being overwhelming. Supportive without constrictive. Engaging and superior!
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    Eastern Kentucky University

    • Richmond, KY
    • 1,335 reviews
    College Junior:The quality of EKU, in terms of the courses offered and the professors, is exemplary. In addition to the general education and major requirements, the university offers a wide variety of interesting classes to help students build their critical thinking skills. For students seeking placement in the Honors college, there are even more! Undergraduate classes that are available as electives range from political science/statistics hybrid courses to courses that focus on the relationship between the mind and body, and so much more. Regardless of the class subject, I have found in my experience, that professors always show a genuine enthusiasm for the courses taught and a sincere passion for their students' success, regardless of the size of the class -- be it a class of under ten students or over fifty.
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    Kentucky Wesleyan College

    • Owensboro, KY
    • 140 reviews
    Junior:When I came to Kentucky Wesleyan, I wasn't expecting anything that came my way. I was planning on sliding by and getting out in 4 years like I did in high school. But this college is much more than that. From KWC I have gained a friends, sisters, and a family that I will have for the rest of my life.
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    Northern Kentucky University

    • Highland Heights, KY
    • 1,608 reviews
    Senior: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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    Western Kentucky University

    • Bowling Green, KY
    • 1,841 reviews
    College Junior:I would definitely choose WKU again, even in hindsight. The leadership at WKU is very good at making their students feel welcomed, cared for, and even supported in many different ways. There is a big push for "commitment to commencement" at WKU...which indicates the passion and care that the teachers and administration are demonstrating.

    I have been involved with the local Baptist Campus Ministry, and it's been a great opportunity for me. From serving in little ways to leading worship for the main event, I've always had a home at the BCM at WKU.

    I'm planning to study abroad next Winter, and because WKU is very focused on global learning, I have many opportunities to win scholarships and talk to previous study-abroad students. I've realized that NOT studying abroad tends to be the biggest regret of most college students. If I receive this scholarship, the money will go toward my study abroad to Australia, where I hope to study Economics!
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    University of the Cumberlands

    • Williamsburg, KY
    • 335 reviews
    Sophomore:This school is the perfect small town university in this nation. It is defiantly a great fit for anyone who doesn't want a lot of attention placed on them but wants to improve themselves quietly or by their own standards then this is the best place possible. I have been at this particular university for two years now, and i have worked my way past my first failed class to making a 3.0 GPA. All has been because of my teachers and friends I've made here since leaving my comfort zone in my other little town school Jellico High school. I would recommend this school to anyone in this world.
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    Sullivan University

    • Louisville, KY
    • 934 reviews
    Freshman:From my first meeting with my admissions officer I was sold. I toured the school and I quickly found out just how much help is thrown at you. The staff is amazing and class sizes are small. You know you are getting a good deal from talking with your admissions officers. There is always someone there to help and even the other students are respectful. The school itself is in amazing shape and there are many opportunities they can give for even after you graduate. There are job boards posted and numerous scholarships for the school too. They work with you with financial planning and will always give you a vast amount of options. I extremely recommend Sullivan University, you will be proud to say you went here once you graduate.
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    St. Catharine College

    • Saint Catharine, KY
    • 98 reviews
    College Sophomore:The classes are amazing and every professor will do everything in their power to help you understand. They make sure that they are fair and that everything is appropriate!
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    Thomas More College

    • Crestview Hills, KY
    • 185 reviews
    College Student:The school in general has a very nice atmosphere. It is pleasent and peaceful and as a short, small female, I feel safe when walking around at night after nigth class. This is a great school for those who are either less independant or those who like a small and tightknit community. The finacial aid, administrative, and student life offices are very helpful and 80-90% of the staff in those departments honestly care about your education and life while at the school. I cannot speak much on all teachers and instructors in every education department, but I can say that all of the art department instructors are very well knowlegable and genuinely want their students to succeed. The student life over all is typically welcoming and there is a good number of clubs and groups that anyone can join in, no matter their major or minor. Students are generally nice and friendly, just as staff tend to be. However, sports tend to take a prioirty in both student life and adcademic life and, if you are someone who is not into sports, it can become annoying to constantly get emails and see promotional posters and newsletters about every game and team.
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    Morehead State University

    • Morehead, KY
    • 923 reviews
    Freshman:Morehead State University is the perfect fit if you are seeking a 4 year educational hands on experience in the classroom. The staff is extremely welcoming and willing to see a student excel and succeed in their education and reach their full potential. Being from South Florida was definitely a transition to adapt, however, it has been rewarding to meet new people and build relationships students and people who share the same dreams, goals, and desires. As a student athlete it has been a good experience, you are recognized and valued for your achievements and your academics. If there was one thing I could change about Morehead State University is being closer to South Florida, however, the weather has not been that bad.
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    Kentucky Christian University

    • Grayson, KY
    • 133 reviews
    College Freshman:I feel like a person at Kentucky Christian University. Not just a number or another student. It feels like home and everyone is so caring including the professors. That is why my university is different from other big universities.
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    Lindsey Wilson College

    • Columbia, KY
    • 307 reviews
    Freshman:My first semester as a college freshmen was the very best thanks to Lindsey Wilson! The professors are kind, caring, and helpful when needed. I left as if I ever needed help they would be there to guide me the best they could. Student life is also excellent! Tons of athletes are on campus, so we can all relate on a physical level. Everyone is friends with everyone. The campus is small but very comfy. There are many student activities that go on sch as inter mural sports, volunteer work, and worship sessions. It's definitely my home away from home.
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    Union College - Kentucky

    • Barbourville, KY
    • 101 reviews
    Niche User:I went on a visit to Union Collage in Barbouville, Kentucky this past month and had a great experience. Everybody seemed very friendly to me and each other. It was a small town, which I liked a lot, everybody knew everybody and they were all friends. I would highly recommend Union College to anybody interested in going to collage in a small friendly town.
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    Kentucky State University

    • Frankfort, KY
    • 278 reviews
    Sophomore:My experience with Kentucky State University has been awesome, such an amazing atmosphere. You automatically make new friends and feel that every student is family. You can focus on one on one teaching that can enhance your knowledge on a professional level.
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    University of Pikeville

    • Pikeville, KY
    • 149 reviews
    College Freshman:I like the class sizes, it is easier to concentrate and participate in class.
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