As a public comprehensive university located in a major metropolitan area, Northern Kentucky University delivers innovative, student-centered education and engages in impactful scholarly and creative endeavors, all of which empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region.
Our goal is to increase the educational attainment levels of the region by serving more students, producing superior graduates, and promoting lifelong learning.
For the 11th year in a row, Northern Kentucky University has been named as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes. The magazine ranked 650 public and private universities as measured by students’ return on their investment.
You know the kind of place that offers a comfortable, safe, energetic learning environment - a place that will get the most out of you and mold you into a person who will shape the future? We're that kind of place.
Northern Kentucky is a full Division I member and NKU's student-athletes have the opportunity to compete for berths into NCAA Championships.
Our lively campus community will welcome you and offer you endless opportunities to build lifelong skills, get involved, and create lasting relationships with others in the process.
NKU's campus isn't the only place our students learn. Study abroad trips are life-changing experiences, and your journey can take you as far away - or as close - as you want.
Just over 7,000 people reside in Highland Heights, a town in Northern Kentucky between the Licking and Ohio Rivers. However, around 15,000 people visit Highland Heights throughout the year to attend Northern Kentucky University, most of whom commute to the school from nearby towns. Despite the ballooning population during the school year, Highland Heights remains one of the safest cities in Kentucky.
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.
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.