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NKU leaders to again travel Kentucky for ‘Road to NKU’


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – At Northern Kentucky University, every student can find his or her spark and discover a path to lifelong success.

That’s the message NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns and faculty and staff leaders will take across Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati this fall, as they embark upon the second annual “Road to NKU” tour.

“There is something special happening at NKU,” Mearns said. “Our academic programs are growing. Our athletics programs are on the rise. And we are working to make it easier than ever for students from all backgrounds to attend and succeed here.”

“Road to NKU” was launched last fall to help tell NKU’s story across Kentucky. It spanned seven regions of the state and more than 3,000 miles: from Pikeville to Paducah, and from Ashland to Owensboro.

Mearns personally met with more than 3,000 Kentucky high school students. Deans and faculty members traveled with him to discuss academic programs and opportunities. Athletics officials told students about NKU’s growing Division I program. Student leaders spoke about how they’ve found a home at NKU.

Applications from schools visited on that trip grew by 43 percent compared with the previous year, and the number of students admitted from those schools rose by 22 percent. 

“Road to NKU” has now grown to include a number of high schools in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, as well as stops in seven regions of Kentucky. Academic deans, faculty members, athletics officials, admissions counselors and student leaders will again accompany Mearns.

The first stop is Sept. 17-18, when Mearns will visit six Lexington-area high schools.

Future visits include Ashland, Owensboro, Paducah, Frankfort, Louisville, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, Bullitt County and Meade County, as well as a number of high schools in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.

The “Road to NKU” runs from Sept. 17 through Nov. 18. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #RoadToNKU.