Northern Kentucky University

Nestled in central Campbell County is Northern Kentucky University, the Commonwealth's fastest developing institution for higher learning.  At more than 15,000 students and 2,400 faculty and staff, NKU has distinguished itself as a regional academic and community leader.  

NKU has seen strong capital investment, including the 2008 opening of its $37 million, 144,000 square foot student union building, and $60 million, 9,400-seat arena.  In 2011, it will showcase its nationally-recognized College of Informatics at Griffin Hall, a $52.8 million, 110,000 square foot facility. 



At a Glance

Located within Highland Heights, Kentucky (within Cincinnati metropolitan area)

Four-year public university

Students enrolled: Undergraduate- 13,030; Graduate- 1,508

Students from 43 states and 56 countries

Full-time faculty: 552

Student-faculty ratio: 17 to 1

NKU offers 70 bachelor's degrees, six associate degrees, 20 graduate programs, 1 Juris Doctor, and 1 Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, as well as over 30 graduate certificates.

Did You Know?

NKU's Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute was named one of the 2006 "Top 25" undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.

The sports business undergraduate program was one of the first of its kind in America.

The College of Informatics is one of only a few in the nation.

The Haile Digital Planetarium, which opened in 2007, is the first laser projection planetarium system to ever be installed on an educational institution's campus anywhere in the world.  NKU is only the seventh institution in the world to have such equipment, and the others are six major planetariums (including those in Tokyo, Los Angeles and London).

Salmon P. Chase College of Law is the largest law school in Kentucky, with an enrollment of more than 500. The school also produces the most lawyers in Kentucky, and the second-most in Ohio. Students taking the Kentucky bar exam for the first time in 2007 and 2008 achieved an 87 percent pass rate, higher than the pass rate for all first-time takers in the state.

To view additional facts about NKU, click here.

College of Informatics

NKU's College of Informatics, one of only a few in the nation, produces top-notch talent in a variety of fields.  So what is informatics?  Informatics is the acquisition, collection, analysis, manipulation, application, packaging, presentation, and marketing of information.  Today, there is virtually no area of business, science, industry, or entertainment that does not use some aspect of informatics. They all need a means of managing information and presenting it in the most useful and effective way.  In fact, Fortune magazine states that nine of the twenty fastest growing professional jobs in the next decade will be found in the field of informatics.  Just a few of its award-winning areas of focus are:

Business Informatics

Library Informatics

Health Informatics

Norse Athletics

NKU competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Norse sponsor 15 varsity men's and women's programs: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.

NKU saw great success during its historic first season at the Division I level in 2012-13. The Norse volleyball team posted a record of 25-7, which is the most wins in NCAA history for a volleyball program in its first year of D-I competition after reclassifying from Division II. The women's basketball team finished 15-13 and hosted a first-round game in the Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament. The men's basketball team led the A-Sun in home attendance, averaging 3,551 fans per game. Highlights of the 2013-14 men's basketball schedule include trips to the University of Kentucky (Nov. 10, 2013) and the University of North Carolina (Dec. 27).

NKU boasts some of the Midwest's finest intercollegiate athletics facilities. The Bank of Kentucky Center seats 9,400 and hosts men's and women's basketball games as well as national entertainment events such as Jay-Z, Cirque du Soliel and World Wrestling Entertainment. The NKU Soccer Stadium was built in 2010 and features a fully-lighted World Cup-style field.

Prior to joining Division I, NKU competed at the NCAA Division II level and won national championships in women's basketball (2000, 2008) and men's soccer (2010).

For more information, visit nkunorse.com.


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