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Colleges / Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%

About Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is a public, state university in the suburb of Highland Heights, KY. Northern Kentucky University was founded in 1968. The university enrolls around 15,801 students per year, including 10,783 undergrad students.

Northern Kentucky University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Northern Kentucky University. The acceptance rate at Northern Kentucky University is 86%. In 2022, 5,941 out of 6,907 total applicants were accepted.

Northern Kentucky University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.4
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 8%

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Northern Kentucky University is located in the town 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.

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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 21

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northern Kentucky University is Aug 21.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northern Kentucky University is Aug 1.

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Northern Kentucky University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1043 - 1258


Math SAT Range

520 - 690


Reading SAT Range

510 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1258 and Above


1043 to 1258


1043 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northern Kentucky University students is 1134. Applicants with SAT scores of 1258 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northern Kentucky University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1043 to 1258 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1043 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northern Kentucky University.

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Wondering what life at Northern Kentucky University is like? There are approximately 15,801 students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University, including 10,783 undergraduate students and 5,018 graduate students. 69% percent of students attend school full-time, 72% percent are from KY and 28% percent of students are from other states.


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