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August 3, 2017- Northern Kentucky University remains among the nation’s top higher education institutions, according to Forbes Magazine. For the ninth year, NKU has been included in the magazine’s annual “America’s Top Colleges” rankings, a list of the nation’s top 660 public and private universities as measured by the return students receive on their investment.

Forbes reexamined its methodology and data sources used to compile the 2017 list to reflect superior return on investment; high impact leadership and success; and a first-rate student-consumer experience.

“Our goal is to showcase the colleges and universities that deliver the best return on your education investment dollars,” Forbes stated. The magazine highlighted a number of features that make NKU stand out.

“Community service is big on campus; NKU students logged over 7,500 hours of community service and can continue to serve the community through the Mayerson Philanthropy Project. The Haile Digital Planetarium is the world's first classroom-accessible, laser-projection planetarium,” Forbes noted.

The rankings focus on student outcomes in five categories: student satisfaction, post- graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on at NKU is providing an outstanding educational experience that is affordable,” said Gerry St. Amand, NKU Interim President. “We want our students focused on their learning experiences and research opportunities while earning their degree, not on mounting student loan debt. It’s an honor to once again be recognized as one of America’s Top Colleges based on our students’ return on investment. This validates our long standing belief that an NKU education is a great value.”

Rankings are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C. NKU has been included in the rankings since 2009. For more information, visit Forbes’ 2017 America’s Top Colleges list