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Northern Kentucky University is a public institution situated in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The suburban atmosphere of Highland Heights makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

178 Undergraduate Degrees
46 Graduate Degrees
$25,526 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
90% Acceptance Rate

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Northern Kentucky University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

NKU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#133 Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NKU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#40 Most Popular Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Northern Kentucky University?

Location of Northern Kentucky University

Contact details for NKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-572-5100

How Do I Get Into NKU?

You can apply to NKU online at:

Admission Requirements for NKU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into NKU?

90% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
NKU has the high acceptance rate of 90%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 90%.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to NKU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 493 and 620. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 493 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 500 to 590 )
NKU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 27. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 19 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Northern Kentucky University?

$25,526 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NKU is $25,526. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NKU, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $5,480 a year. That adds up to $21,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NKU is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Northern Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,243 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,868 undergraduate students at NKU, with 8,243 being full-time and 3,625 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NKU

There are also 3,796 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,243 full-time undergraduates at NKU, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NKU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Kentucky University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NKU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 114
Black or African American 603
Hispanic or Latino 298
White 6,554
International Students 305
Other Races/Ethnicities 369

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at Northern Kentucky University. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 70 countries are represented at NKU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Northern Kentucky University

2,740 Took All Classes Online
7,567 Took At Least One Class Online
16.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 16 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at NKU. In 2017-2018, 7,567 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NKU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 15th most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NKU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Kentucky University was 16.8%. This is the #677 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NKU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NKU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NKU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Computer & Information Sciences #3
Other Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services, Other #3

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern Kentucky University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Information Technology 0 73 0 73
General Information Science 0 50 23 73
General Computer & Information Sciences 0 41 0 41
System, Networking, & LAN/WAN Management/Manager 0 0 15 15
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 8 0 8
Computer Science 0 0 8 8
Computer & IS Security 4 0 0 4
Other Computer Software & Media Applications 2 0 0 2
Information Technology Management 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services, Other 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 172 46 224


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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