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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%
Acceptance Rate80%

About Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University Overview

Northern Kentucky University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Highland Heights, KY. Northern Kentucky University was founded in 1968 and currently enrolls around 15,979 students per year year, including 10,814 undergraduate students. Northern Kentucky University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,015 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 50% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Northern Kentucky University for Fall 2023 is August 15.

Student Activities at Northern Kentucky University

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Northern Kentucky University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Northern Kentucky University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Northern Kentucky University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Northern Kentucky University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northern Kentucky University on the Student Life page.

2022 Northern Kentucky University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 7%
In-State Tuition $10,392
Out-of-State $20,448
Percent of Need Met 74%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $17,366

Is Northern Kentucky University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better look at what Northern Kentucky University offers and if the college might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 80% of applicants get into Northern Kentucky University each year. Out of 6,637 applications received in 2022, 5,329 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern Kentucky University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northern Kentucky University, around 70% return for their sophomore year. Around 50% of students who started at Northern Kentucky University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Northern Kentucky University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Northern Kentucky University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Northern Kentucky University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Northern Kentucky University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Northern Kentucky University's endowment was valued at $131.2 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $7,049 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northern Kentucky University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northern Kentucky University meets 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,366 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $26,976 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northern Kentucky University.

Based on this information, how does Northern Kentucky University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Northern Kentucky University a good school for you?

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Where is Northern Kentucky University Located?

Northern Kentucky University is located in the suburban setting of Highland Heights, KY, in the suburbs of Cincinnati.

If you would like to see Northern Kentucky University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 275 to Highland Heights, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northern Kentucky University and Highland Heights are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Louie B Nunn Drive Highland Heights, KY 41099

Campus Setting: Suburban

Northern Kentucky University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern Kentucky University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern Kentucky University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Northern Kentucky University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northern Kentucky University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Northern Kentucky University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northern Kentucky University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1190


Math SAT Range

503 - 620


Reading SAT Range

490 - 580

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1190 and Above


1020 to 1190


1020 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northern Kentucky University students is 1100. Applicants with SAT scores of 1190 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northern Kentucky University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1020 to 1190 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1020 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northern Kentucky University.

Northern Kentucky University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northern Kentucky University is like? There are approximately 15,979 students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University, including 10,814 undergraduate students and 5,165 graduate students. 70% percent of students attend school full-time, 71% percent are from KY and 29% percent of students are from other states.


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