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#5 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

NKU Admission Requirements

Highland Heights, Kentucky

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Chances of getting into Northern Kentucky University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
87%
Admission Difficulty for Northern Kentucky University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into NKU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at NKU is 87%.  It ranks #22 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Northern Kentucky University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 5,819 out of 6,686 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent (SAT 960/1190 ACT 20/26). Northern Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The NKU application fee is $40 and applications are due by Jul 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Northern Kentucky University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

NKU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
960-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT 
6%
SAT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 960
SAT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1080

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 68 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 960 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 840. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. NKU ranks #11 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 6 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >93%
1075 to 1190 Avg + 87%-93%
960 to 1075 Avg - 78%-87%
845 to 960 Reach 65%-78%
Less than 845 Low <65%
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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 #8 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >93%
23 to 26 Avg + 87%-93%
20 to 23 Avg - 78%-87%
17 to 20 Reach 65%-78%
Less than 17 Low <65%
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NKU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.41
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into NKU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern Kentucky University was 3.41 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #14 in Kentucky for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.41 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NKU accepts 87% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Northern Kentucky University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 4.99% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.65% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 19.83% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 17.14% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.01% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.4% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.31% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.67% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

74% 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 16%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northern Kentucky University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,250 2,436 6,686
Accepted 3,667 2,152 5,819
Acceptance Rate 86% 88% 87%
Enrolled 1,094 742 1,836
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 34% 32%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
283

Applicants have 283 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 15, 2023.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Northern Kentucky University Application 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?

87% 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 960 and 1190. 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.