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January 19, 2022 - Northern Kentucky University has been awarded a top-ranking status for multiple degree programs by Intelligent, a student-focused comprehensive research guide assessing over 2,900 higher education institutions.

“Northern Kentucky University continues to place high in our rankings for a reason," Jase Beard, communications manager for, said. “We see how incredibly hard its faculty and staff workday in and day out to achieve their student's success." 

Intelligent implemented a unique methodology that ranks each program on a scale from 0 to 100 across five categories. The scoring system compares each university according to program strength, student readiness, return on investment, cost and student engagement. Researchers compared 704 programs from 2,900 universities and colleges across the United States. 

NKU offers flexible distance learning that appeals to busy adults or hybrid models that include on-campus and online formats. Experts at assessed programs that help students enhance and develop advanced skills for a variety of in-demand positions. 

Studies show that obtaining a degree increases income substantially, degree holders earning 84% more than those with only high school diplomas or those without a completed GED. The percentage difference in earnings continues to grow with higher learning degrees such as masters, doctoral or professional degrees, with the unemployment rate decreasing to as much as 1.1% for those with a doctorate. 

Northern Kentucky University’s Top Five Ranked Programs on

  • Most Affordable Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Programs | Ranked #4
  • Best Online Colleges in Kentucky | Ranked #5
  • Best Master’s in Organizational Psychology Degree Programs | Ranked #5
  • Best Online Bachelor's in Library Science Programs | Ranked #6
  • Best Construction Management Degree Programs | Ranked #7

To learn more about Intelligent and its rankings, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit