Northern Kentucky University Review

Located in Highland Heights, Kentucky---just a few minutes' drive from Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University is especially strong in its informatics and sports business programs. The university confers six associate degrees, 70 bachelor's degrees and 20 graduate majors; it also has two doctoral degrees and 30-plus graduate certificates.

Northern Kentucky University Overview

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has a number of 'firsts,' including being one of the first schools in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in sports business and having one of only a few colleges of informatics in America. In addition, in 2007 the Haile Digital Planetarium opened. It is a laser projection planetarium and the first to be set up on a location other than a major planetarium.

Students hail from 56 countries and 43 U.S. states. The bachelor's degrees chosen by the most students are education, nursing, business administration, criminal justice and psychology.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

The website for NKU has a list of things for high school students to do from the beginning of their junior year and month by month through to their senior year to prepare for applying to college. The university requires only the basics from an applicant. This includes submitting a completed application, payment of the application fee, a Pre-College Curriculum (PCC) form filled out by a guidance counselor and official copies of the high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores. If a student has some deficiencies, the university may ask an applicant to submit letters of recommendation, an essay and an activities portfolio.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Wireless access is available throughout the Northern Kentucky University campus---indoors, outside and 'smart' technology is provided in every classroom. The university has two libraries on campus---the W. Frank Steely Library and the Chase Law Library. Together, the libraries have more than two million holdings and access to many more electronic materials.

Most of the University of Northern Kentucky's classes (90%) have no more than 39 students and almost ten percent have less than ten students. The ratio of students to faculty is 17:1 and faculty teaches all classes. None are taught by graduate assistants.

Colleges at Northern Kentucky University

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Informatics
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Health Professions
  • Haile and U.S. Bank College of Business
  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law

School Contact Information

  • Address: Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
  • Telephone: (859) 572-5100