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NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.

Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names.

  • No. of undergraduate students: 13,206

  • No. of postgraduate students: 2,199

  • Total Students: 14,566


Application Statistics

  • Number of undergraduate applications received:7,397

  • No. of undergraduate students accepted:6,797

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate:

  • 92%

Scholarship for foreigners?

Application process

International students who are currently in secondary school (high school), or who have not attended a college or university since completing secondary school, can apply to Northern Kentucky University (NKU) by completing the following application requirements:

Click here to begin the application process today!

NOTE: You will need to create an account name and password before you can proceed with the application.

The fee should be paid at the time of the application, but if you do not have the means to pay it when you fill out the application online, you can always go back and pay it later. Be sure to have your account ID and password so you can log back in to do so, if needed. 

Official transcripts from all years of secondary school (or high school) must be sent directly to International Student & Scholar Services by the student’s current or previous educational institution(s). If your current or previous high school cannot send your transcripts directly do us, they can provide official documents to you in a sealed and stamped envelope. If transcripts are not in English, you must provide a certified translation.

International Freshmen applicants must submit ONE of the following test scores:

TOEFL (school code: 1574)
SAT (school code: 1574)
ACT (school code: 1566)
Your official score reports must be sent directly to Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

In order to receive the I-20 form, which you will show to the consulate to obtain your visa, you must prove that you can pay the 9 month cost of attendance at NKU, which is currently $31,017 for the 2017-2018 school year (summer not included).

To avoid delays in the application process, please be sure to review and submit all of the above listed documents. Your application will not be reviewed or considered for an admission decision until all of the required documentation has been received, and the application has been marked as complete. Furthermore, an I-20 will not be issued unless a student has been fully admitted, and has demonstrated proof of sufficient funding, as indicated above.


Standardized Test Requirements


Writing and language of 25 or higher; Reading (Verbal) 26 or higher

English: 18

Reading: 20

SAT Percentiles

Sat scores

Cost of attendance

Cost of Attendance $31,464
Tuition and Fees $19,104
Room and Board $9,300
Books and Supplies $800
Other Expenses $2,260

Application Fee


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