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Top Ranked Kentucky Colleges


The Best Colleges in Kentucky Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in Kentucky as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Kentucky ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in Kentucky is Centre College.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Kentucky
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Centre College 94 853 119
2 Asbury University 327 450 272
3 University of Louisville 297 883 821
4 Bellarmine University 378 1,238 391
5 University of Kentucky 247 1,331 574
6 Georgetown College 776 756 573
7 Alice Lloyd College 1,003 116 1,039
8 Kentucky Wesleyan College 680 641 1,072
9 Kentucky Christian University 906 119 1,073
10 Murray State University 507 1,357 792
11 University of the Cumberlands 775 755 1,107
12 Western Kentucky University 546 1,390 864
13 Eastern Kentucky University 720 854 1,263
14 Brescia University 1,079 258 1,402
15 Spalding University 1,168 303 1,135
16 Northern Kentucky University 471 1,371 1,286
17 Kentucky State University 905 137 1,573
18 Morehead State University 777 1,262 1,200
19 Campbellsville University 948 1,005 1,134
20 Thomas More College 1,048 1,314 793
21 Union College 907 786 1,403
22 Kentucky Mountain Bible College 1,348 616 1,370
23 Midway College 1,350 224 1,174
24 Transylvania University 1,351 1,389 293
25 Saint Catharine College 868 1,074 1,750
26 Mid Continent University 1,047 1,302 1,611
27 University of Pikeville 1,124 1,499 1,511

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2015-2016 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.