Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University, also known as KSU, is a public institution located in Frankfort, Kentucky, United States. It was established in the year 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. The campus of KSU spreads across an area of more than 510 acres. The student body consists of a large number of African-American students. KSu offers degrees in arts and science and professional studies. The university is organized into three main colleges:

  • College of Arts, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Mathematics, Sciences, Technology and Health
  • College of Professional Studies

KSU's athletic teams are known as the Thorobrettes. They compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The Thorobrettes participate in volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball, and golf, among others.

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Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street
Frankfort , KY 40601
General Phone: (502) 597-6000

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Kentucky State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Family and Social Work56family studies, public administration, social work
Business and Management50business, business management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine46registered nursing
Education and Teaching37special ed, elementary school teaching, physical education teaching
Liberal Arts36English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, political science
Computer Science and Engineering21computer and info science, webmastering
Therapy and Counseling21psychology
Science19biology, chemistry
Security and Law Enforcement18criminal justice and safety
Fine Arts2fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management1fisheries sciences
Office and Administration0executive secretary
Engineering Technician0electronics tech, drafting
Media0journalism courses

Number of programs and degrees for Kentucky State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree475
Bachelor's degree23121
Associate's degree375

Kentucky State Student Body

Kentucky State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Kentucky State had a total enrollment of 2,696 students (2,229 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 53%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 29%
Black 55%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 18%
22-24 16%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
Washington, DC1%

Kentucky State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 47 %
Part-Time 67 %

Kentucky State Room and Board (2007)

Kentucky State offers campus housing for 1,241 of its 2,229 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Frankfort, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Kentucky State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal360460
SAT Math360460
SAT Writing350450
ACT Verbal1320
ACT Math1518
ACT Composite1519

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT18%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT85%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Kentucky State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,692
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,490
Room and board $ 6,392
Room charge $ 3,240
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,152
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,560

Financial Aid:
Kentucky State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 196800)

Kentucky State Faculty

Kentucky State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2217
Non-tenured and not on tenure track916

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$84,0020*
Associate professorcalendar year4$83,2764$78,982
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year11$76,6234$78,982

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$73,5973$67,949
Associate professoracademic year18$59,35812$56,968
Assistant professoracademic year27$53,43924$46,047
Instructoracademic year3$40,01911$39,128
All faculty totalacademic year66$59,94150$48,460

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Kentucky State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports92433

Kentucky State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Journalism, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Kentucky State Apart:

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