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Chances of getting into Northern Kentucky University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
90.2%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Kentucky University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into NKU and can I get accepted? The school has a 90% acceptance rate ranking it #23 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,483 out of 6,080 applicants were admitted making Northern Kentucky University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent. Northern Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Northern Kentucky University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NKU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1020-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
6%
SAT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1130

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northern Kentucky University?

Northern Kentucky University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 6 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >94%
1130 to 1240 Avg + 90%-94%
1020 to 1130 Avg - 84%-90%
910 to 1020 Reach 76%-84%
Less than 910 Low <76%
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NKU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
96%
ACT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NKU?

Admission data indicates that NKU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #13 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 96 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Kentucky University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northern Kentucky University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >94%
23 to 26 Avg + 90%-94%
20 to 23 Avg - 84%-90%
17 to 20 Reach 76%-84%
Less than 17 Low <76%
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NKU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.24
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Northern Kentucky University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into NKU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern Kentucky University was 3.24 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in Kentucky for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.24 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NKU accepts 90% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northern Kentucky University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 22% Good
3.50 to 3.75 16% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 21% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 10% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

64% of Northern Kentucky University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northern Kentucky University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 32%
Top 50% of class 64%
Bottom 50% of class 36%
Bottom 25% of class 12%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northern Kentucky University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,798 2,282 6,080
Accepted 3,398 2,085 5,483
Acceptance Rate 89% 91% 90%
Enrolled 1,116 834 1,950
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 40% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
61

Applicants have 61 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jul 15, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northern Kentucky University is $40.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern Kentucky University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northern Kentucky University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northern Kentucky University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

FAQs

Does Northern Kentucky University prefer SAT or ACT?

6% of students submit their SAT scores to NKU. 96% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northern Kentucky University?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to NKU. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northern Kentucky University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1240. 6% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northern Kentucky University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 96% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.