Kentucky offers prospective students a full range of educational options, from small two-year technical colleges to large four-year universities.
Many Kentucky students start by pursuing technical certificate or associate degree programs at schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The system comprises 16 colleges with more than 70 campus locations throughout the state.
There are eight public state universities in Kentucky. University of Kentucky at Lexington and University of Louisville are two of the premier public colleges in the state. Enrollment between the two institutions was 41 percent of total enrollment across all eight public universities in the state.
The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, meanwhile, consists of 18 nonprofit private member institutions, including faith-based schools like Thomas Moore College. Other private schools in the state include The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Students across the state can pursue online degree programs or take online classes through Kentucky Virtual Campus. KYVC offers distance education from dozens of Kentucky colleges and universities. As with nearly every other state, Kentucky allows students to pursue distance education from colleges and universities in other states through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.
The state aims to improve the educational attainment of it citizens through several programs. One such measure is Kentucky's Dual Credit Policy, which allows eligible students to earn college credit before high school graduation -- something that can provide a pathway toward earning a postsecondary credential.
Students can learn more about the many options for higher education in Kentucky by checking with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education or with KnowHow2GoKY, an online resource to help students prepare to attend colleges in Kentucky.
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington||29,182||Four or more years||$12,245||346|
|University of Louisville||Louisville||21,430||Four or more years||$11,656||197|
|Western Kentucky University||Bowling Green||19,456||Four or more years||$10,512||243|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Richmond||15,815||Four or more years||$9,666||182|
|Northern Kentucky University||Highland Heights||14,764||Four or more years||$10,032||145|
|University of the Cumberlands||Williamsburg||13,472||Four or more years||$23,000||78|
|Jefferson Community and Technical College||Louisville||11,699||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,328||100|
|Campbellsville University||Campbellsville||11,470||Four or more years||$25,400||83|
|Morehead State University||Morehead||10,195||Four or more years||$9,070||93|
|Bluegrass Community and Technical College||Lexington||9,525||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,328||96|
|Murray State University||Murray||9,454||Four or more years||$9,084||130|
|Elizabethtown Community and Technical College||Elizabethtown||6,399||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,248||77|
|West Kentucky Community and Technical College||Paducah||6,193||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,248||78|
|Somerset Community College||Somerset||5,857||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,248||76|
|Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College||Bowling Green||4,482||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$4,248||58|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/