Northern Kentucky University has grown from a virtually unknown community college, to a full-scale, esteemed university over the past 50 years. Once referred to as “No Knowledge College,” NKU has long left that negative moniker and become a well-respected undergraduate and graduate college. The university was taken under the wing of President James C. Votruba in 1997. Since Votruba began his career with NKU, the university has undergone a transformation and has evolved into a highly-regarded educational institution.
Located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, NKU is in a suburb of Cincinnati, OH. With access to Cincinnati’s urban job market and culture, as well as Kentucky’s traditionally rural and more agricultural society, NKU is in an ideal location for learning. With 60 bachelor degree offerings, 12 associate degree offerings, and 16 graduate programs, there is a wide variety of options for prospective students to consider. A unique opportunity is the NKY Entrepreneurship major which was named one of the top 25 undergraduate programs in the nation by entrepreneur.com.
NKU offers small class sizes and educated and experienced faculty. The average undergraduate class has just 24 students, while the maximum even possible is 120 students. This is quite an accomplishment for a state college. Although NKU is a large school with about 14,000 students, the campus is compact and the administration and faculty are personable.
If you are looking for a university where you can live on campus, NKU is a great choice. Although mostly a commuter school, about 1500 students live on campus. The campus residential community gives you the feel of a small college, but you actually have the resources of a large university. The dormitories are better than average, with most offering suite or apartment style accommodations. The dorms are also newer than most, particularly for a state public university. The newest accommodations were completed in 2004, and more dorm construction is in the works.
Campus life includes all of the typical college amenities such as Greek life, intramural sports, religious organizations, service clubs, hobby clubs, and of course, organizations pertaining to your major. There are numerous ways to get involved and connect with students and faculty at NKU.
The best part about NKU is the true feeling that you matter as a student. Many larger universities boast this attribute, but as someone who attended NKU with no previous notions about the college, I can attest to the fact that this one really delivers on that promise. Faculty members take the time to learn your name. Professors do everything they can to help you succeed during and after your college experience. Staff members are friendly, courteous, and helpful under practically all circumstances.
Yes, Northern Kentucky University has its problems. All colleges do. Overall, however, NKU is a great university on the fast track to becoming even greater.