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Welcome to Northern Kentucky University

NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.

Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names.


President Ashish Vaidya

Dr. Ashish Vaidya has served as Northern Kentucky University’s sixth president since July 1, 2018, after being named on Nov. 9, 2017. As NKU’s president, Vaidya is responsible for championing the university’s mission and core values, charting an adventurous course and communicating the strategic priorities clearly with internal and external stakeholders.

He works closely with the chair and members of the Board of Regents to achieve those priorities and strengthen the university and the community. Vaidya fosters a collegial and collaborative culture that capitalizes on the richness of the NKU community and furthers its commitment to access and inclusive excellence.

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Success by Design: Our Roadmap to Empowering the Future

Northern Kentucky University empowers the future of our students and enhances the economic, social and civic vitality of our region.

Through our Success by Design strategic framework, NKU is committed to advancing student success aligned with the needs of the region through providing access to all individuals seeking a higher education, removing barriers to help students complete their higher education goals, and preparing students for productive careers and community engagement.

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Rise And Shine

It's your time. Whether you're still choosing a path, or you know exactly what lies ahead, NKU will help light your way. It's your time to shine.
Student Enrollment
90+ Majors
22 Master's Programs
1 Law School
11 Years in a Row America's Best Colleges Forbes
17 Division I Athletic Teams
3 National Championships
19:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
300+ Students Study Abroad
200+ Student
Highland Heights Named One of the Safest Cities

Community Engagement

There are countless ways to make an impact, whether it's here at home or across the globe. Learn more about community engagement >
Student volunteering for service

The Community

Join fellow students and participate in the annual Spring into Service event or volunteer for Service on Saturday.

Student at philanthropy project

The Region

Experience philanthropic work by signing up for one of several classes that take part in the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.

Students helping fishermen in a foreign country

The World

Travel to exotic locales as part of an alternative spring break. Students have provided healthcare to community clinics in Mexico and refurbished schools in the Caribbean.

President Mearns dedicating St. E's healthcare stimulation center


Find the support you need to launch or grow your business. Our faculty, staff, and student resources are at your disposal – let’s build something special, together.



Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-5100


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Careers at NKU

Join over 2,600 faculty and staff at Northern Kentucky University. Our promise is to put students first, make a lasting impact, and lead with excellence. Come make a difference with us.

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