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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 4-Year Public

About Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Highland Heights, KY, less than an hour from Cincinnati.

Founded in 1968, the institution currently enrolls around 16,211 students a year, including 11,507 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Northern Kentucky University's endowment was valued at $100,461,959 in 2021. For each full-time student, Northern Kentucky University spends about $6,771.

Admissions Facts About Northern Kentucky University

Acceptance rate: 87%

Average GPA: 3.41

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

Northern Kentucky University Acceptance Rate

Admission to Northern Kentucky University is moderately difficult. Northern Kentucky University accepts around 87 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Northern Kentucky University is 3.41 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Northern Kentucky University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 74 percent of students who start at Northern Kentucky University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,993 students who started at Northern Kentucky University as first-time freshman, 560 graduate within four years.

Northern Kentucky University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 48 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $25,463 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northern Kentucky University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Northern Kentucky University a good school for YOU?

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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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

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 - 1240


Math SAT Range

510 - 640


Reading SAT Range

510 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1240 and Above


1020 to 1240


1020 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northern Kentucky University students is 1066. Applicants with SAT scores of 1240 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northern Kentucky University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1020 to 1240 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 15,678 students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University, including 11,882 undergraduate students and 3,796 graduate students. 69% percent of students attend school full-time, 70% percent are from KY and 30% percent of students are from other states.


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