As the youngest of Kentucky’s eight state universities—and its only comprehensive university located in a major metropolitan area—NKU approaches its 50th anniversary with a proud history as a student-first institution that provides a transformative educational experience at a great value.
Now with more than 14,500 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and staff, NKU has been named one of “America’s Best Universities” by Forbes magazine for eight straight years. NKU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
NKU values its role as an integral part of the Greater Cincinnati region and recognizes the region as a powerful source of knowledge and experience that can enrich every aspect of the university. NKU is committed to regional stewardship and instilling a passion in students that will propel them into fulfilling careers, community engagement, and enriched lives. This commitment drives the expansion of academic offerings and creation of new opportunities for hands-on experiential learning that places students alongside leaders of academic research, business, and industry.
As the university has grown, so too has the reputation of its academic programs, allowing us to compete for the best faculty and students from across the nation and around the world. The recent success in Division I athletics–culminating in a Horizon League men’s basketball championship and the first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2017—has brought NKU to a whole new level of public awareness. The profile has never been higher in the state capitol, and the maturing alumni base has never been more engaged.
The Health Innovation Center, scheduled to open in fall 2018, will be an anchor for transdisciplinary education and interpersonal training. A new partnership will soon launch with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and St. Elizabeth Healthcare to create a regional medical school campus at NKU. These initiatives, along with enhanced investments in the Colleges of Informatics and Health Professions and the STEM programs, position the university to become a leader in health innovation and a key contributor to improving population health in the region.
NKU has a number of academic centers aimed at providing experiential learning opportunities for students while also addressing the needs of the region. The Center for Applied Informatics; Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Kentucky Center for Mathematics; and the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) are each housed with specific colleges and supported by faculty, staff, and students from across the university.
NKU has also recently entered a public-private partnership to significantly scale up many popular online programs. This aggressive strategic initiative is intended to help address the decreased enrollments in traditional face-to-face programs as well as provide greater access to degree programs throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
The university budget is $226 million with approximately $8 million coming from externally-funded grants and contracts. The NKU Foundation endowment is approximately $98 million. NKU has 569 full-time faculty (374 tenured/tenure-track and 195 non-tenure track), 454 part-time faculty and 958 staff members.