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On June 19, 1976, the little college that could took a momentous step toward becoming the regional university we know and love today
when Northern Kentucky State College officially became Northern Kentucky University. 
 
Use the slider below to see how much our campus has changed in the last five decades.
Friendly tip: Loch Norse is a great reference point.
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NKU MAGAZINE

Read the features from our 50th anniversary issue.

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The Big 50

The Big 50

As our 50th anniversary approaches, we thought it would be fun to take a look at 50 events, personalities and straight-up quirks from NKU’s first 50 years.

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The Presidents

The Presidents

NKU’s first 50 years were marked by a bevy of grass-roots initiatives, but the school’s success is also beholden to our past presidents. So for our final eight listings, we look to the eight men who helmed a half-century of NKU.

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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate the people and ideas that defined our beginnings, we’re also excited about what lies ahead—years that NKU will embark upon under the administration of our incoming sixth president, Dr. Ashish Vaidya.

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Historical Timeline
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