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Northern Kentucky University (NKU), a public, coeducational university founded in 1968, enrolls more than 15,000 students. The university offers 81 undergraduate degrees, nearly two dozen graduate degree programs, as well as a juris doctor, doctor of nursing practice and a doctor of educational leadership.

Online students can pursue nine bachelor’s degrees, including those in health science, history, nursing and communication studies, as well as a bachelor’s completion program in respiratory care and certificates in business informatics and cybersecurity.

Students can earn master’s degrees in education, nursing, business informatics, and health science.

NKU offers a doctorate in nursing practice, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership and several certificates and endorsements.

The same faculty teaches the on-campus courses and online courses.

Online students have access to the same support systems and resources as on-campus students.

Northern Kentucky University is not authorized to offer online education in Delaware, Michigan, Oregon or Washington, D.C.

Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Several of the programs also hold accreditations, including those from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

NKU Featured in TBS Rankings

Accreditation Regional (SACS)
Public/Private Public Nonprofit
Region Southeast
Acceptance Rate 92%
Retention Rate 68%
Graduation Rate 37%
Requires ACT or SAT SAT or ACT
Cost Per Credit
(In-State/Out-of-State)
Undergrad: $375/$750
Grad: $556/$855

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