Northern Kentucky University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,912
2.74% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$9,412
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
7.76%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
90.2%
6,080 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
15,664
60.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
43.8%
807 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 (190 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (175 degrees), and Organizational Behavior Studies (110 degrees).

In 2019, 2,962 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northern Kentucky University. 60.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,443 degrees), 11.9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (205 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $9,912, which is $−12,114 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $9,912, which is $−12,114 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,412.

In 2019, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,912
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Northern Kentucky University was $9,912. The cost of tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $−12,114 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$9,412
2019 Value
3.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Northern Kentucky University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,412. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Northern Kentucky University grew by 3.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,912
Room and Board
$800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northern Kentucky University was of $9,912 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 1.85% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
44%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Northern Kentucky University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.63% with respect to 2018, when 76% 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.
7.76%
2017 Default Rate
265
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Northern Kentucky University was 7.76%, which represents 265 out of the 3417 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 6,080 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.42% annual growth. Out of those 6,080 applicants, 5,483 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.2% acceptance rate.

There were 15,664 students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University in 2019, and 10% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northern Kentucky University has an overall enrollment yield of 35.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
5,483
Accepted Out of 6,080

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northern Kentucky University was 90.2% (5,483 admissions from 6,080 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 89.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 1.42%, while admissions grew by 2.47%.

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SAT Scores

10%
Submission Percentage
195
Scores Submitted

10% of enrolled first-time students at Northern Kentucky University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northern Kentucky University has a total enrollment of 15,664 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Kentucky University is 9,448 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,216. This means that 60.3% of students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northern Kentucky University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 81.3% White, 7.33% Black or African American, 3.4% Hispanic or Latino, 2.87% Two or More Races, 1.58% Asian, 0.185% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0575% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (46.4%), followed by White Male (33.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.73%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (55.2%), followed by White Male (23.7%) and Black or African American Female (7.72%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

60.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northern Kentucky University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,664 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Kentucky University is 9,448 and the part-time enrollment is 6,216. This means that 60.3% of students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2019 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 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Northern Kentucky University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    12,736
  2. Black or African American
    1,148
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    533

The enrolled student population at Northern Kentucky University is 81.3% White, 7.33% Black or African American, 3.4% Hispanic or Latino, 2.87% Two or More Races, 1.58% Asian, 0.185% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0575% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 162 students (1.03%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 616 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 (2,443 degrees awarded). There were 11.9 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (205 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northern Kentucky University is General Business Administration & Management (190 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (175 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 (128 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees), and Communications (185 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Other managers (230,750 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (218,798 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (199,775 people), Social workers, all other (175,722 people), and Secondary school teachers (133,678 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Legal (128 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees), Communications (185 degrees), History (45 degrees), and English (79 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, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Public relations specialists, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Legal (128 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees), Communications (185 degrees), History (45 degrees), and English (79 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 (532,229 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (344,918 people), Legal services (194,823 people), Computer Systems Design (167,709 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (149,817 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Legal (128 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (176 degrees), Communications (185 degrees), History (45 degrees), and English (79 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. 190 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 175 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 110 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northern Kentucky University was General Business Administration & Management with 190 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,173
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,789
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,173 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Kentucky University, which is 0.656 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,789).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 102 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Kentucky University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.16 times more than the 88 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 251 degrees were awarded to women at Northern Kentucky University in Registered Nursing, which is 10.5 times more than the 24 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%
100% Completion Time
39%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 15% of students graduating from Northern Kentucky University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 39% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 42% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northern Kentucky University is Female and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.12% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,443 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    205 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    85 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northern Kentucky University is white (2,443 degrees awarded). There were 11.9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (205 degrees).

0.912% of degree recipients (27 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,493 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    950 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    141 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Northern Kentucky University is white female (1,493 degrees awarded). There were 1.57 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (950 degrees).

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Operations

Northern Kentucky University has an endowment valued at nearly $106M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.21M (3.02%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Northern Kentucky University had a total salary expenditure of $255M. Northern Kentucky University employs 239 Lecturers, 141 Associate professors, and 123 Professors. Most academics at Northern Kentucky University are Female Lecturers (146), Male Lecturers(93), and Male Professors (77).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 159 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 142 employees, and Service with 118 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$106M
2019 Endowment
0.924%
growth from 2018

Northern Kentucky University has an endowment valued at about $106M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Northern Kentucky University grew 0.924% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $67.8M 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. $2.4M - Federal
  2. $2.88M - State
  3. $26k - Local

As of 2019, Northern Kentucky University received $2.4M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.88M from state grants and contracts, and $26k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$93.7M
2019 Salaries
0.048%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Northern Kentucky University paid a median of $93.7M in salaries, which represents 36.8% of their overall expenditure ($255M) and a 0.048% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.205% growth from 2017 and a 3.85% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$45.1M
Instructional Salaries
599
Number of Employees

In 2019, Northern Kentucky University paid a total of $45.1M to 599 employees working as instructors, which represents 48.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
239 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
159 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University were Lecturer with 239 employees; Associate professor with 141 employees; and Associate professor with 123 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University were Office and Administrative Support with 159 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 142 employees; and Service with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University was Female Lecturer with 146 employees, Male Lecturer with 93 employees, and Male Professor with 77 employees.

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

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