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 1020 to 1240, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 20 to 26. We were able to estimate the NKU average GPA (3.06 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. This school has an acceptance rate of about 90% with 36% of applicants deciding to continue on and enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the NKU acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 84%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NKU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Northern Kentucky University was reported as 90.2% in Fall 2020 with over 6,080 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: 20 - 26
  • NKU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

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 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for NKU has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 91.1%
  • 2017-2018: 90.4%
  • 2018-2019: 89.3%
  • 2019-2020: 90.2%
  • Projected NKU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 83.8%

How Does NKU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for NKU is fifty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Xavier University76.4%
Miami University-Oxford80.4%
University of Dayton72.0%
Morehead State University78.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

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

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NKU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading510 - 600
Math510 - 640
Total Score1020 - 1240
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 27
Math19 - 26
Composite Score20 - 26
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