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#6 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

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Overview

Student Population
14,764
Northern Kentucky University overview
Location Highland Heights, Kentucky
Online nku.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Northern Kentucky University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 5,995 prospective students applied, and 5,351 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,980 enrolled in the school.  9,503 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,261 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $9,648 plus fees of $384. NKU is ranked 867 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

4/10
Overall
6/10
Academics
4/10
Resources
4/10
Outcomes

NKU is rated within the lower 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Getting In

Admission Standards
Average
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SAT 990/1230
ACT 20/26
GPA 3.24
Applications Accepted
89.3% 
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Applications Due Jul 15, 2021
Applicant Competition Very Low

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition
$9,648
In State Costs for Northern Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$384
Room and Board $9,912
Budget for Other Expenses$2,500
Total One Year Cost$23,244
Out of State Resident Tuition
$19,296
Out of State Costs for Northern Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$384
Room and Board $9,912
Budget for Other Expenses$2,500
Total One Year Cost$32,892

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$39,700 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
37% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northern Kentucky University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 26%
Health Professions 11%
Education 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157447 IPEDS survey data for Northern Kentucky University.