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Our story started in 1968

What marks a true beginning? Some trace Northern Kentucky University’s roots back to a 1946 gathering of students and area high school teachers at Trailways Bus Station in Covington, Kentucky, for classes offered through the University of Kentucky’s Northern Extension Center.

And while that is a beginning, it’s not our beginning—our beginning occurred on March 14, 1968, when Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn signed legislation (the bill had unanimously passed both state house and senate proceedings) establishing Northern Kentucky State College, a four-year institute of higher education serving the northernmost geography of the bluegrass state.

Five decades later, and we're a growing university with more than 14,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff.


Historical photos provided by the Schlachter University Archives and Kenton County Public Library.
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NKU 50 / 50: Fifty Photographs Celebrating NKU at Fifty 

This show is installed in the SOTA gallery on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition combines images from NKU’s archives along with pictures of campus from faculty, photo students, and from Tom Schiff’s book, "NKU: A Panoramic History." The installation follows a timeline from farmland to campus as it is today. 

This exhibition is open through Friday, Oct. 26.

What NKU means to me

When Gisela Garcia walked into her first computer science class at Oldham County High School, she realized two things: she was the last student to arrive and she was the only girl.




Tina McNay’s advice for graduating? “Never give up!” This May, at the age of 40, and a mother of five, Tina will be crossing the stage with her bachelor’s degree in nursing.




Kayla Combs, a first-generation college student from Eastern Kentucky, saw firsthand the importance of getting an education. “I’m the first person in my family to go to college. The way I see it, I may be the first, but I certainly won’t be
the last.”