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U.S. News & World Report Ranks NKU 28th in U.S.

January 18, 2018- Northern Kentucky University received a national ranking for its online graduate nursing program in the College of Health Professions. U.S. News & World Report ranked NKU 28th in its Best Online Master’s in Nursing Program list.

“Although the program is online, the faculty and students develop a strong professional relationship; faculty work closely with each student to provide strong mentorship. Classes are kept small to facilitate learning and collaboration. One hundred percent of students are already employed when they first enroll.” U.S. News stated in NKU’s profile.

NKU’s program was ranked according to its performance across different indicators of excellence. These include student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, admissions selectivity and student services and technology.

“It is an incredible honor to be highlighted by U.S. News for having one of the best online graduate nursing programs in the country,” said Dr. Dale Stephenson, Dean of the College of Health Professions. “Our goal is to meet our graduate students where they are by providing the programs online. We understand they have busy lives and careers.”

U.S. News also highlighted the easy access to lecture material because the university keeps an archive of recorded classes. NKU has 475 students enrolled in its Master’s of Science in Nursing Online Program.

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About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are 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. For more information on our 50th, visit