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Freshman Admissions Process: How To Apply

To be considered for admission to Northern Kentucky University, you must apply and submit the necessary credentials. Use the checklist below as a guide through the process. 

Need help? Contact an admissions specialist for assistance. 

Transfer Student? Click here for transfer information.

Complete the NKU Admissions Application

Create a new account or sign into an existing account to generate a new application or to check/finish an existing application.

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*New freshmen who have just graduated from high school, under unique circumstances, may request approval to enroll in an accelerated online program, upon consultation with the Director of Admissions.

Application Fee

We are waiving our $40 application fee through December 31st, 2023! If you apply through our website, your fee is waived automatically. If you apply through the Common App, use the code NKUFREE. This is a limited time offer, so make sure you apply before the deadline!

*This waiver applies only to domestic first-time freshmen and transfer students. It does not apply to international and accelerated online students.

Request an Official Copy of Your Transcripts

  • Request your school's counselor to submit your official high school transcript and a copy of your senior schedule to NKU's admissions department. They can submit this by email to
  • Home-schooled and independent study students should submit a notarized transcript detailing the content of the curriculum and the duration of each subject to complete their admission file. Upon graduation, please submit a notarized official transcript that includes a graduation date. 
  • GED scores can be substituted in place of a high school transcript. 

Request your ACT and/or SAT Test Scores to be sent to NKU*

These scores must be received directly from the test agency or as a part of your official high school transcript. 

*NKU uses a Test Optional admission policy. You only need to supply test scores if you are applying for Nursing or have less than a 2.75 unweighted GPA.

Review Your Application and Verify Credentials are Received

Once you have applied for admission you can check the status of your application any time, including any credentials needed to complete your admission file.

Contact Admissions

Lucas Administrative Center
Room 400

Monday - Friday 8:15 - 4:30

(859) 572-5220 or 1(800) 637-9948

The Common App

NKU is now a member of the Common Application. Please use this option if you are a new freshman and plan to apply through the Common Application. 

Apply with Common App