NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
There are countless ways to make an impact, whether it's here at home or across the globe.
Join fellow students and participate in the annual Spring into Service event or volunteer for Service on Saturday.
Experience philanthropic work by signing up for one of several classes that take part in the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project.
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.
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.