Northern Kentucky University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$9,360

4% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$9,338

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

6.6%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

90.4%

5,852 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

14,456

67.4% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

39.4%

866 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 Registered Nursing (183 degrees awarded), Organizational Behavior Studies (151 degrees), and General Psychology (93 degrees).

In 2017, 3,021 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Northern Kentucky University. 59.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,538 degrees), 14.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (171 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $9,360, which is $-11,373 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $9,360, which is $-11,373 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,338.

In 2017, 73% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 48% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,360

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Northern Kentucky University was $9,360. The cost of tuition at Northern Kentucky University is $-11,373 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$9,338

2017 Value

4.8%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Northern Kentucky University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,338. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Northern Kentucky University grew by 4.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,520

Room and Board

$800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Northern Kentucky University was of $9,520 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $800. The cost of room and board increased by 6.69% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

73%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

73% of undergraduate students at Northern Kentucky University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 7.35% with respect to 2016, when 68% 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.

6.6%

2016 Default Rate

230

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Northern Kentucky University was 6.6%, which represents 230 out of the 3486 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 5,852 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.42% annual decline. Out of those 5,852 applicants, 5,289 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.4% acceptance rate.

There were 14,456 students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University in 2017, and 8% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Northern Kentucky University has an overall enrollment yield of 40.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

5,289

Accepted Out of 5,852

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Northern Kentucky University was 90.4% (5,289 admissions from 5,852 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 91.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -3.42%, while admissions declined by -4.17%.

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SAT Scores

8%

Submission Percentage

176

Scores Submitted

8% of enrolled first-time students at Northern Kentucky University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Northern Kentucky University has a total enrollment of 14,456 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Kentucky University is 9,740 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,716. This means that 67.4% of students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Northern Kentucky University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 82.1% White, 6.98% Black or African American, 3.11% Hispanic or Latino, 2.52% Two or More Races, 1.25% Asian, 0.208% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0761% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (45.3%), followed by White Male (35.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.72%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (46.7%), followed by White Male (29.6%) and Black or African American Female (5.91%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Northern Kentucky University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 14,456 students. The full-time enrollment at Northern Kentucky University is 9,740 and the part-time enrollment is 4,716. This means that 67.4% of students enrolled at Northern Kentucky University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

73%

2017 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 73%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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

    11,872

  2. Black or African American

    1,009

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    449

The enrolled student population at Northern Kentucky University is 82.1% White, 6.98% Black or African American, 3.11% Hispanic or Latino, 2.52% Two or More Races, 1.25% Asian, 0.208% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0761% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 123 students (0.851%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 579 more women than men received degrees from Northern Kentucky University. The majority of degree recipients at Northern Kentucky University are white (2,538 degrees awarded). There were 14.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (171 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Northern Kentucky University is Registered Nursing (183 degrees awarded), followed by Organizational Behavior Studies (151 degrees) and General Psychology (93 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 Public Administration and Social Service (167 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), and English (92 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 (287,269 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (211,862 people), Other managers (211,245 people), Social workers, all other (179,588 people), and Postsecondary teachers (132,461 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Public Administration and Social Service (167 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), English (92 degrees), Communications (178 degrees), and Legal (90 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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Public Administration and Social Service (167 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), English (92 degrees), Communications (178 degrees), and Legal (90 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 (551,987 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (322,212 people), Legal services (189,280 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (161,276 people), and Computer Systems Design (152,995 people).

The most specialized majors at Northern Kentucky University are Public Administration and Social Service (167 degrees awarded), History (52 degrees), English (92 degrees), Communications (178 degrees), and Legal (90 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. 183 degrees awarded

  2. 151 degrees awarded

  3. 93 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Northern Kentucky University was Registered Nursing with 183 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,221

  2. 1,800

In 2017, 1,221 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Kentucky University, which is 0.678 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,800).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 71 degrees were awarded to men at Northern Kentucky University in General Business, which is 1.65 times more than the 43 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 213 degrees were awarded to women at Northern Kentucky University in Registered Nursing, which is 6.26 times more than the 34 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%

100% Completion Time

40%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 16% of students graduating from Northern Kentucky University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 40% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% 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 (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Northern Kentucky University is Female and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.15% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,538 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    171 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    94 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Northern Kentucky University is white (2,538 degrees awarded). There were 14.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (171 degrees).

0.794% of degree recipients (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,547 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    991 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    111 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Northern Kentucky University is white female (1,547 degrees awarded). There were 1.56 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (991 degrees).

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Operations

Northern Kentucky University has an endowment valued at nearly $100M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.19M (2.18%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Northern Kentucky University had a total salary expenditure of $238M. Northern Kentucky University employs 198 Lecturers, 149 Associate professors, and 121 Professors. Most academics at Northern Kentucky University are Female Lecturers (123), Male Professors(79), and Female Associate professors (76).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 167 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 141 employees, and Service with 133 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$100M

2017 Endowment

11.8%

growth from 2016

Northern Kentucky University has an endowment valued at about $100M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Northern Kentucky University grew 11.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $67.1M 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. $3.3M - Federal

  2. $3.11M - State

  3. $16k - Local

As of 2017, Northern Kentucky University received $3.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.11M from state grants and contracts, and $16k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$93.6M

2017 Salaries

3.85%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Northern Kentucky University paid a median of $93.6M in salaries, which represents 39.3% of their overall expenditure ($238M) and a 3.85% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 7% decline from 2015 and a 3.22% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$41M

Instructional Salaries

567

Number of Employees

In 2017, Northern Kentucky University paid a total of $41M to 567 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer

Most Common Instructor

198 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

167 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University were Lecturer with 198 employees; Associate professor with 149 employees; and Associate professor with 121 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University were Office and Administrative Support with 167 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 141 employees; and Service with 133 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Lecturer

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Northern Kentucky University was Female Lecturer with 123 employees, Male Professor with 79 employees, and Female Associate professor with 76 employees.

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

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