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Northern Kentucky University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Northern Kentucky University, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and the application fee costs $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Northern Kentucky University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Northern Kentucky University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 92%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to Northern Kentucky University?

Northern Kentucky University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Northern Kentucky University

Getting into Northern Kentucky University is moderately difficult. Northern Kentucky University has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, Northern Kentucky University accepted 87% of students, around 5,819 of the 6,686 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northern Kentucky University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Nursing, Radiological Technology, Health Science, Respiratory Care is program moderately difficult.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What's Most Important to Get In to Northern Kentucky University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northern Kentucky University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Northern Kentucky University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Northern Kentucky University must submit the following items. Double check with Northern Kentucky University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Other Requirements Some programs require separate applications
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northern Kentucky University?

Students admitted to Northern Kentucky University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Northern Kentucky University 16% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Northern Kentucky University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 61%
3.75 and 3.99 24.65%
3.50 and 3.74 19.83%
3.25 and 3.49 17.14%
3.00 and 3.24 14.01%
2.50 and 2.9 14.4%
2.00 and 2.49 4.31%

Northern Kentucky University does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Northern Kentucky University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 8% of Northern Kentucky University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 92% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northern Kentucky University?

To be competitive with other Northern Kentucky University applicants, you should strive to earn between 980 and 1190 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northern Kentucky University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1190 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern Kentucky University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern Kentucky University students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northern Kentucky University?

To be most competitive at Northern Kentucky University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern Kentucky University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern Kentucky University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to Northern Kentucky University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Northern Kentucky University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Northern Kentucky University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Spring Term - Winter Term - Summer Term

Northern Kentucky University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northern Kentucky University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northern Kentucky University.

Does Northern Kentucky University accept transfer credits?

Northern Kentucky University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern Kentucky University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • Life Long Learning Credit
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Northern Kentucky University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Northern Kentucky University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern Kentucky University?

No, Northern Kentucky University is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Northern Kentucky University's acceptance rate?

Northern Kentucky University's acceptance rate is 87%.

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Northern Kentucky University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

87%

How hard is it to get into Northern Kentucky University? Northern Kentucky University is a somewhat selective institution. The Northern Kentucky University acceptance rate is 87%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above

Good

20 to 26

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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Northern Kentucky University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

980 - 1190

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Math SAT Range

480 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

480 - 590

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Northern Kentucky University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.41

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern Kentucky University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

16,211

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

87%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$10,032

Out-of-State

$19,680

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 15
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