Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is a co-educational public university situated in Highland Heights, Kentucky. It has an undergraduate, liberal arts college, and also offers graduate programs. The university offers enrollment to more than 14,000 students. It is the 2nd largest university in Greater Cincinnati. NKU has 6 colleges under it:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Informatics
  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • School of Nursing and Health Professions

NKU mascot is Norse, and its colors are black, white and gold. The university has volleyball, golf, tennis, cross country, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball teams. Suzanne Fitzpatrick, television writer; Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Shawn Nordheim, Mrs. Kentucky 2006; Jenny Robertson, actress; and actor George Clooney are among the notable alumni of the university.

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Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights , KY 41099
General Phone: (859) 572-5100

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Northern Kentucky University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management557business, business management, non-profit management, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, labor relations, organizational behavior, ...
Education and Teaching405education, educational admin and supervision, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, business teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Liberal Arts339German language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, geography, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine253registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner
Media118communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, public relations
Security and Law Enforcement102criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Therapy and Counseling96psychology, organizational psychology, community health services
Family and Social Work73public administration, social work
Medical Support and Technology71health service and sciences, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, mental health services tech
Engineering Technician66architectural engineering tech, electronics tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech
Science65biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Real Estate and Construction Management61construction management
Fine Arts48fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering42computer and info science, information technology, computer programming, computer science
Drama and Performing Arts24drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Photography and Commercial Art13commercial art
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy
Transportation4aviation operations
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,70659
Master's degree46616
Postbaccalaureate certificate72
Associate's degree2269
First-professional degree1501
Post-master's certificate102

Northern Kentucky University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Northern Kentucky University had a total enrollment of 14,785 students (11,605 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 12%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 5%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 21%
20-21 21%
22-24 22%
25-29 16%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)1%

Northern Kentucky University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 44 %

Northern Kentucky University Room and Board (2007)

Northern Kentucky University offers campus housing for 1,849 of its 11,605 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Northern Kentucky University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430550
SAT Math430560
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT13%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Northern Kentucky University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,528
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,952
Room and board $ 6,082
Room charge $ 1,510
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,245
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 3,279

Financial Aid:
Northern Kentucky University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 927500)

Northern Kentucky University Faculty

Northern Kentucky University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7173
Non-tenured and not on tenure track84117

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$116,5074$103,686
Associate professorcalendar year2*5$80,963
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year8$53,5208$52,614
No academic rankcalendar year1*4$39,913
All faculty totalcalendar year17$79,72822$67,090

*: 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 year54$93,42428$85,095
Associate professoracademic year68$71,91249$68,456
Assistant professoracademic year69$62,91775$60,914
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year61$43,56889$42,322
No academic rankacademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year252$67,198244$58,346

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

Northern Kentucky University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Great Lakes Valley Conference
Baseball Great Lakes Valley Conference
Track Great Lakes Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports356297

Northern Kentucky University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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