Northern Kentucky University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,912
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$9,664
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
7.27%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
87%
6,686 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
16,211
56.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
48.2%
960 Graduates

About

Northern Kentucky University is a higher education institution located in Campbell County, KY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Northern Kentucky University were General Business Administration & Management (306 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (223 degrees), and Organizational Behavior Studies (110 degrees).

In 2020, 3,115 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northern Kentucky University. 61.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,554 degrees), 11.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (222 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $9,912, which is $−12,618 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $9,912, which is $−12,618 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,664.

In 2020, 80% of undergraduate students attending Northern Kentucky University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 42% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,912
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Northern Kentucky University was $9,912. The cost of tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $−12,618 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$9,664
2020 Value
2.68%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Northern Kentucky University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,664. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Northern Kentucky University grew by 2.68%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,046
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northern Kentucky University was of $10,046 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 1.35% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

80%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
42%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

80% of undergraduate students at Northern Kentucky University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.56% with respect to 2019, when 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
7.27%
2018 Default Rate
243
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Northern Kentucky University was 7.27%, which represents 243 out of the 3342 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Northern Kentucky University received 6,686 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 9.97% annual growth. Out of those 6,686 applicants, 5,819 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87% acceptance rate.

There were 16,211 students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University in 2020, and 8% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northern Kentucky University has an overall enrollment yield of 31.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
5,819
Accepted Out of 6,686

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northern Kentucky University was 87% (5,819 admissions from 6,686 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 90.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 9.97%, while admissions grew by 6.13%.

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SAT Scores

8%
Submission Percentage
148
Scores Submitted

8% of enrolled first-time students at Northern Kentucky University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northern Kentucky University has a total enrollment of 16,211 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Kentucky University is 9,230 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,981. This means that 56.9% of students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northern Kentucky University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 80.3% White, 7.98% Black or African American, 3.66% Hispanic or Latino, 2.84% Two or More Races, 1.86% Asian, 0.154% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.123% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.2%), followed by White Male (32.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.61%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (54%), followed by White Male (25.7%) and Black or African American Female (7.38%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

56.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northern Kentucky University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,211 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Kentucky University is 9,230 and the part-time enrollment is 6,981. This means that 56.9% of students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Northern Kentucky University was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Northern Kentucky University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    13,012
  2. Black or African American
    1,293
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    593

The enrolled student population at Northern Kentucky University is 80.3% White, 7.98% Black or African American, 3.66% Hispanic or Latino, 2.84% Two or More Races, 1.86% Asian, 0.154% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.123% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 234 students (1.44%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 693 more women than men received degrees from Northern Kentucky University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Northern Kentucky University is white (2,554 degrees awarded). There were 11.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (222 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northern Kentucky University is General Business Administration & Management (306 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (223 degrees) and Organizational Behavior Studies (110 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Northern Kentucky University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (165 degrees), and Communications (178 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Elementary & middle school teachers (243,743 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (216,535 people), Other managers (211,363 people), Social workers, all other (158,339 people), and Postsecondary teachers (131,717 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (165 degrees), Communications (178 degrees), History (45 degrees), and English (58 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Computer hardware engineers, and Entertainers & performers, sports & related workers, all other

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (165 degrees), Communications (178 degrees), History (45 degrees), and English (58 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Elementary & secondary schools (543,203 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (332,152 people), Legal services (193,432 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (160,524 people), and Computer Systems Design (151,624 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Legal (121 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (165 degrees), Communications (178 degrees), History (45 degrees), and English (58 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Northern Kentucky University.
Most Common
  1. 306 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 223 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 110 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northern Kentucky University was General Business Administration & Management with 306 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,211
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,904
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,211 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Kentucky University, which is 0.636 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,904).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 163 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Kentucky University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.14 times more than the 143 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 272 degrees were awarded to women at Northern Kentucky University in Registered Nursing, which is 4.61 times more than the 59 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

22%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 22% of students graduating from Northern Kentucky University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 47% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (77.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northern Kentucky University is Female and Asian (77.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.208% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,554 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    222 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    93 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northern Kentucky University is white (2,554 degrees awarded). There were 11.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (222 degrees).

1.03% of degree recipients (32 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,572 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    982 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    158 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Northern Kentucky University is white female (1,572 degrees awarded). There were 1.6 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (982 degrees).

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Operations

Northern Kentucky University has an endowment valued at nearly $100M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.51M (1.51%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Northern Kentucky University had a total salary expenditure of $273M. Northern Kentucky University employs 249 Lecturers, 138 Associate professors, and 129 Professors. Most academics at Northern Kentucky University are Female Lecturers (150), Male Lecturers(99), and Male Professors (81).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 163 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 143 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 117 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$100M
2020 Endowment
5.41%
decline from 2019

Northern Kentucky University has an endowment valued at about $100M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Northern Kentucky University declined 5.41% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $60.9M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.41M - Federal
  2. $2.93M - State
  3. $35k - Local

As of 2020, Northern Kentucky University received $2.41M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.93M from state grants and contracts, and $35k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$102M
2020 Salaries
9.12%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Northern Kentucky University paid a median of $102M in salaries, which represents 37.4% of their overall expenditure ($273M) and a 9.12% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.048% decline from 2018 and a 0.205% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$45.1M
Instructional Salaries
610
Number of Employees

In 2020, Northern Kentucky University paid a total of $45.1M to 610 employees working as instructors, which represents 44.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
249 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
163 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University were Lecturer with 249 employees; Associate professor with 138 employees; and Associate professor with 129 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University were Office and Administrative Support with 163 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 143 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 117 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Lecturer
  3. Male Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University was Female Lecturer with 150 employees, Male Lecturer with 99 employees, and Male Professor with 81 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Northern Kentucky University.

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