The Best Kentucky Colleges

The Best Colleges in Kentucky for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Kentucky as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Kentucky is Centre College. The top rated public state college is University of Louisville. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


14 results

Centre College
C
Danville, KY

Centre College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#1 Best Value in Kentucky

  • 1,320enrollment
  • $22,748net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1235-1465SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Louisville
L
Louisville, KY

University of Louisville

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 22,140enrollment
  • $17,894net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Kentucky
K
Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Kentucky

  • 30,390enrollment
  • $19,831net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1083-1330SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Bellarmine University
B
Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Kentucky

  • 3,149enrollment
  • $24,425net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1280SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Asbury University
A
Wilmore, KY

Asbury University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 1,720enrollment
  • $23,086net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Murray State University
M
Murray, KY

Murray State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 9,414enrollment
  • $11,628net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 960-1200SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Spalding University
S
Louisville, KY
 

Spalding University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 1,562enrollment
  • $23,003net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 930-1100SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Northern Kentucky University
N
Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 15,979enrollment
  • $9,664net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 983-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

Western Kentucky University
W
Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 16,750enrollment
  • $12,705net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 980-1180SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Midway University
M
Midway, KY
 

Midway University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 1,390enrollment
  • $24,781net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 940-1120SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Eastern Kentucky University
E
Richmond, KY

Eastern Kentucky University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 13,984enrollment
  • $14,151net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 950-1180SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

University of the Cumberlands
T
Williamsburg, KY
 

University of the Cumberlands

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 19,272enrollment
  • $13,764net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 940-1200SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 31

Union College
U
Barbourville, KY

Union College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

  • 1,024enrollment
  • $18,027net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 955-1148SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.15Avg GPA

Kentucky State University
K
HBCU
Frankfort, KY

Kentucky State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

  • 2,279enrollment
  • $7,254net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 860-1050SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 2.72Avg GPA