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Colleges / Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate86%

Northern Kentucky University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Northern Kentucky University. Northern Kentucky University admitted 86% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 6,907 applications received in 2023, 5,941 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Northern Kentucky University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/21 and the application fee is $40.

Students who submit their applications to Northern Kentucky University for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than August 15.

Northern Kentucky University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Northern Kentucky University's admissions stats.

Northern Kentucky University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15%
Mean SAT Score 1134
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 77%
Waitlist No

Northern Kentucky University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northern Kentucky University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1
Regular Decision Yes 8 21 August 15

Want to Apply Early to Northern Kentucky University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Northern Kentucky University Admissions

Transferring to Northern Kentucky University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Northern Kentucky University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight 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 choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northern Kentucky University

What does Northern Kentucky University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Important

Make sure to check with Northern Kentucky University for more information on admission factors.

Northern Kentucky University Application Requirements

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
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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, 50% submitted a class rank. At Northern Kentucky University 15% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38% were in the top 25% and 75% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Northern Kentucky University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 8.3%
3.75 and 3.99 24.7%
3.50 and 3.74 21.6%
3.25 and 3.49 15.9%
3.00 and 3.24 11.6%
2.50 and 2.9 14.3%
2.00 and 2.49 3.3%

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.

About GPAs

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.

Standardized Test Scores

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 2022, 8% of Northern Kentucky University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 77% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Northern Kentucky University?

To be competitive with other Northern Kentucky University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1043 and 1258 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northern Kentucky University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1258 and 25% of scored lower than 1043, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Northern Kentucky University student is 1134.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern Kentucky University students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern Kentucky University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

To be most competitive at Northern Kentucky University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern Kentucky University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern Kentucky University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on 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 1.

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 does not accept transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern Kentucky University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Northern Kentucky University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

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

❌ No, Northern Kentucky University is test optional, so you can choose whether to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include 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 86%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern Kentucky University?

❌ Northern Kentucky University does not offer early decision.

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Northern Kentucky University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

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

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

SAT Score

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.

Northern Kentucky University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northern Kentucky University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.4. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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