Northern Kentucky University

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Admission Office

Administrative Center 401, Northern Kentucky University

Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY 41099

(859) 572-5220

(800) 637-9948

Fax: (859) 572-6665

Contact: Melissa Gorbandt

Director of Admissions – Outreach
Main Address

Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY 41099

(859) 572-5100

Total undergrads: 13,003

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,143

Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,296

Graduate enrollment: 1,508


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 78%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 67%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resource Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B


Business Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Physical Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting C
Architectural Engineering Technology A,B,C
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies C

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Health Services – General B
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Mental Health Services Technology B
Nursing (RN) A,B
Respiratory Therapy A


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Police Science A

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northern Kentucky University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (859) 572-5100
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 15,664
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 39%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 10,593 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $10,296
Out-of-state Tuition: $20,256
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,981

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northern Kentucky University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northern Kentucky University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 101114
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 141
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 553
Education 21151
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 312
English Language and Literature/Letters 411
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 3264
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 111
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 26
Visual and Performing Arts 15
Grand total 34669251

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northern Kentucky University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,296
Out-of-state $20,256
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,418
Out-of-state $17,358

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,935 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,902 98% $8,981
Student loan aid 1,103 57% $6,053

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 9,285 78% $7,591
Federal student loans 5,260 44% $6,804

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northern Kentucky University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northern Kentucky University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,080 2,282 3,798
Percent admitted 100% 91% 89%
Percent admitted who enrolled 32% 37% 29%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northern Kentucky University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 15,664
Undergraduate enrollment 11,868
Graduate enrollment 3,796

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northern Kentucky University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (CLNUR) - Clinical Doctorate
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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