Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights

Highland Heights, KY

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Northern Kentucky University offers 411-degree programs and 78 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 91%. The most popular test is SAT - 11% of students submitted it in comparison to 92% of students who submitted ACT. 44% are women, and 56% are men. 3% percents of international students. Northern Kentucky University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Northern Kentucky University is 8014$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $11916 and $20526 per year. 37% of full-time Northern Kentucky University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $36,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Northern Kentucky University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Northern Kentucky University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$4,085
$30,001 - $48,000$5,791
$48,001 - $75,000$9,405
$75,001 - $110,000$12,109

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 8768


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


8562 of Northern Kentucky University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 67 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Northern Kentucky University number 6 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Kentucky.

Students at Northern Kentucky University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Northern Kentucky University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Northern Kentucky University graduation rate is below the national average.

37% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Northern Kentucky University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

3 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Northern Kentucky University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 71%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 20%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $0 - $10k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 65%, so Northern Kentucky University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 26%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Northern Kentucky University full-time retention rate is 69% and part-time retention rate is 25%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northern Kentucky University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1360 - 1735

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 460 - 595
Math: 460 - 580
Writing: 440 - 560

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Northern Kentucky University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
20 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 20 - 27
Math: 19 - 26
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Northern Kentucky University is 19:1, that means that for every 19 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Northern Kentucky University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Northern Kentucky University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Kentucky.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by Nunn Drive, Ac 800B address in Highland Heights, Kentucky.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Northern Kentucky University with 0.15% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and arson.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Northern Kentucky University offers 411 programs in total: 205 are for Bachelor's degree, 69 - for Master's degree, 69 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 28 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 21 - for Associate's degree, 7 - for Post-master's certificate, 3 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 112 universities in Kentucky state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree and Postbaccalaureate certificate programs offered. Northern Kentucky University is one of the few institutions in Kentucky that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 78 distance education programs that are provided in the Northern Kentucky University: 30 are for Bachelor's degree, 21 - for Master's degree, 9 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 6 - for Associate's degree, 6 - for less than 1-year certificate programs and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Kentucky state average data to help you compare.


Northern Kentucky University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 10490 students with 314702 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1204 with 28906 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 505 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Northern Kentucky University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Nice campus and facilities

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I will always be thankful for all of the staff at NKU that have shaped me into the person I am and have helped me come this far with my degree in Criminal Justice. It is an amazing campus and so many resources to help you succeed and so many ways to be involved!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I came to nku to get away from my high school. I was looking forward to meeting new people and making friends. I ended up having to pay out of state tuition (with a “metro” discount based on grades) even though I live less than an hour north. I was paired with loud and rude roommates that ignore me when I speak to them and keep me up until very late at night. Also, I received a parking ticket (not even a warning) during the first week of school for parking in the wrong lot. Im aware that my bad luck isn’t the universitys fault, so now I’ll talk about what I dislike about the university itself. The campus is incredibly depressing in the winter and it is very difficult to make friends unless you pay extra to be part of greek life. Everyone commutes so those who live on campus are left with nothing to do on the weekends. The walls in the suites are paper thin, the thermostats consistently get stuck at 65 degrees or lower, and the showers have little/no water pressure and dont heat up. A few professors I’ve had here act in an unprofessional manner and are not prepared for their lessons. It is disrespectful to me as a student because I am paying to learn from experts and I am having to teach myself everything or regurgitate it from the widly expensive textbooks I’m required to rent/purchase. After two semesters at nku I’ve decided to transfer to a different school where I will actually get my moneys worth. Dont waste your time here unless you’re a Kentucky resident who is just looking to get a degree and leave.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I was exchange student at NKU in spring,2016. I really love the beautiful campus and enjoy the warm friendship in NKU.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

As a veteran I appreciate the on campus support office , they do a great job at helping the vets be successful. But DO NOT take the PACE Program it’s very deceiving. They say it’s for working adults . The schedules change but some of them are ridiculous. I was fed up when they scheduled me a class at 1:00pm to 1:30 pm . Like who leaves work for a 30 minute class ? Plus when I tried to transfer after the semester the financial aid office screwed me and sent a letter saying I needed proof I went to class online but the letter came a week after the due date and I stay 10 minuets away from campus . How does that even happen ! Very bad experience . I’ll take the $800 loss . I’m at Full Sail University now and it’s changed my life . I recommend it to veterans over this university any day.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: Nunn Drive


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8595725100

Institution is active in current year: 1

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