Northern Kentucky University (NKU)

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NKU can be found in Highland Heights, KY, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Around sixteen thousand students are enrolled at NKU.

The majority of students that got into this school got an SAT score in the range of 870 to 1110, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 19 to 25. We were able to estimate the NKU average GPA (2.98 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. This school has an acceptance rate of about 47% with 64% of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the NKU acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 59%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NKU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for Northern Kentucky University was reported as 46.7% in Fall 2012 with over 7,060 college applications submitted to NKU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NKU ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • NKU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Northern Kentucky University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Northern Kentucky University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2019 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2019-2020 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northern Kentucky University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 69.2%
  • 2009-2010: 66.3%
  • 2010-2011: 66.3%
  • 2011-2012: 64.2%
  • 2012-2013: 46.7%
  • Projected NKU Acceptance Rate 2019-2020: 58.7%

How Does NKU Compare?

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The acceptance rate for NKU is nineteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Xavier University70.0%
Miami University-Oxford66.8%
University of Dayton53.0%
Morehead State University84.5%
Indiana University-Southeast79.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NKU (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math18 - 24
Composite Score19 - 25
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