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The Best Colleges in Kentucky Ranked for 2019

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 the 2019 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 105 1,014 119
2 Asbury University 323 814 271
3 University of Louisville 297 980 818
4 University of Kentucky 211 1,502 571
5 Bellarmine University 550 1,361 390
6 Kentucky Wesleyan College 993 470 1,068
7 Midway College 512 447 1,170
8 Murray State University 636 1,325 789
9 Georgetown College 1,372 721 570
10 Alice Lloyd College 1,140 71 1,036
11 Western Kentucky University 680 1,490 861
12 Kentucky Christian University 1,110 159 1,069
13 Spalding University 921 490 1,131
14 University of the Cumberlands 882 941 1,103
15 Northern Kentucky University 551 1,387 1,282
16 Campbellsville University 1,027 774 1,130
17 Thomas More College 765 1,397 790
18 Kentucky Mountain Bible College 1,373 305 1,365
19 Brescia University 1,370 186 1,396
20 Morehead State University 1,141 1,126 1,196
21 Kentucky State University 1,153 220 1,567
22 Eastern Kentucky University 883 1,323 1,259
23 Union College 1,376 593 1,397
24 Transylvania University 1,375 1,489 292
25 Mid Continent University 1,167 1,324 1,604
26 Saint Catharine College 1,078 1,068 1,741
27 University of Pikeville 1,111 1,571 1,505

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 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.