If you are considering submitting an application to Northern Kentucky University, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and the fee for the application costs $40.
Here is an overiew of some of Northern Kentucky University's admissions stats.
|Northern Kentucky University 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.4|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||17%|
|Mean SAT Score||1100|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||7%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||84%|
These are the application deadlines for Northern Kentucky University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Regular Decision||Yes||August 15||––|
Northern Kentucky University does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.
Northern Kentucky University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 on the areas where you stand out.
Curious about the factors that are considered by Northern Kentucky University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
Make sure to check with Northern Kentucky University for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Northern Kentucky University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in 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||√|
|Other Requirements||√||Some programs require separate applications|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||√|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.0|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Northern Kentucky University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.
Out of all students that were admitted, 59% submitted a class rank. At Northern Kentucky University 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41% were in the top 25% and 75% were in the top 50%.
At Northern Kentucky University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||24%|
|3.50 and 3.74||22.7%|
|3.25 and 3.49||14.9%|
|3.00 and 3.24||12.9%|
|2.50 and 2.9||14.4%|
|2.00 and 2.49||3.6%|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northern Kentucky University directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Northern Kentucky University considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Northern Kentucky University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 7% of Northern Kentucky University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 84% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Northern Kentucky University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1020 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 1020, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Northern Kentucky University student is 1100.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern Kentucky University students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern Kentucky University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.
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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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
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
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 it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is Northern Kentucky University's acceptance rate?
✅ Northern Kentucky University has an acceptance rate of 80%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern Kentucky University?
❌ Northern Kentucky University does not offer early decision.
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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 80%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
26 and Above
20 to 26
20 and Less
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1190 and Above
1020 to 1190
1020 and Less
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Northern Kentucky University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. 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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