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International Admission, 100Nunn Drive • Highland Heights, KY 41099 USA  •  +1 859.572.6517  •

It’s Your Time To Shine

at Northern Kentucky University

E-Brochure for International Students 

and American Students Living Abroad

Table of Contents

                • We know academic excellence - NKU has been ranked

                  on Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” 7 years in a row!

              • NKU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and

                programs to kindle your passion

            • NKU’s 15,000 students represent over 45 countries

           • With an average class size of 24, and a 17:1 student

             teacher ratio, our small class sizes give you the attention you


        • Get involved with one of NKU’s 200+ student organizations

       • NKU is home to 15 NCAA Division 1 Sports

      • Just five minutes from the vibrant city of Cincinnati, Ohio,

        NKU is also a short drive from other major cosmopolitan cities

       like Chicago and Nashville

   • Our beautiful campus is located in one of the Top Ten Safest

     College Towns in the U.S.

 • Our low cost of attendance is one of the most competitive in the


Why Northern Kentucky University?

Location, Location, Location

              Located in Highland Heights, Kentucky,

             NKU is just five minutes from the vibrant

            city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati is

           the third-largest city in Ohio, and is rich

          with cultural diversity and recreational

         activities. The area is home to a thriving

        arts district, world-class museums and

       restaurants, professional sports teams,

      amusement parks, and shopping malls.

     Ten Fortune 500 companies call Cincinnati

    home, making for an ideal location to

   extend learning in the classroom to

  real-world situations through co-ops,

 internships, student teaching, clinical

rotations, and service learning.


         • One of the best places  to live in the U.S. – U.S. News & World

          Report 2016

       • The fifth most affordable city to live in the U.S.

      • A top ten city for recent college graduates

     • A top city for best professional opportunities

    • A top city in the U.S. for its recreational opportunities, emerging

    downtown, and food and nightlife

  Feeling the urge to explore? Cincinnati is just a stone’s throw from

 other major U.S. cities like Chicago, Nashville, New York, Atlanta,

and Washington D.C. 

Location, Location, Location

Academic Programs

        With small class sizes, rich curriculums,

       and endless opportunities for hands-on

      learning, a Northern Kentucky University

     education will equip you with the skills

    you need to become successful in your

   discipline.  With over 70 undergraduate

  majors and 20 graduate programs

 to choose from, you’re sure to find a

program to fuel your ambition.

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Majors

                       Athletic Training
                      Biological Sciences
                     Business Administration
                    Business Informatics
                  Communication Studies
                 Computer Information Technology
                Computer Science
               Construction Management
              Criminal Justice
             Data Science
           Electronic Media & Broadcasting
          Electronics Engineering Technology
       Environmental Science
      Exercise Science

              Accountancy (MAcc)
             Business Informatics (MS)
            Clinical Mental Health Counseloing (MS)
           Communication (MA)
          Computer Information Technology (MS)
         Computer Science (MS)
        English (MA)
       Health Informatics (MS)
      Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MS)
     Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
    Public Administration (MPA)
   Publis History (MA)
  School Counseling (MA)
 Social Work (MSW)
U.S. Law (LL.M.)

                       Human Resource Management
                      International Studies
                  Mechanical & Manufacturing
                     Engineering Technology
                Media Informatics
               Music Composition
              Music Performance
             Organizational Leadership
          Political Science
        Public Relations
       Social Work
    Sport Business
  Studio Arts
 Theatre Arts
Visual Communication Design

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Majors

                     The AELP Program at NKU provides international students

                    a small, welcoming environment to improve their English

                   language skills. Our intensive and semi-intensive programs

                  prepare students who wish to study at NKU or other

                 institutions, or who wish to simply build the skills and

                confidence necessary to thrive in an English language

               environment. Our classes are taught on NKU’s main campus.





          WE OFFER:

         • Over 20 hours of intensive instruction per week

        • Affordable tuition rates

       • Conditional admission to NKU

      • Small class sizes – less than 20 students per class

     • Experienced, trained English language instructors and

       support staff

   • Conversational Partners Program

  • Institutional TOEFL tests multiple times a year

 • Full access to all university facilities and student services

Click here for more information and details.

American English Language Program

Student Life

                Your NKU experience doesn’t end outside of the

               classroom, and with over 200+ student organizations, a

              brand new state-of-the-art recreation center, 16 dining

             locations, and six residence halls to choose from, we

            have everything you need to feel right at home.

           Interested in living on-campus? Our residence halls have

          been recognized as some of the most affordable in the

         region, and offer the option of traditional double rooms,

        single rooms, and suites. In addition, our 11 Living

       Learning Communities can connect you with new friends

      who share your same interests.

     Completed in 2015, there is something for everyone at

    our brand-new Student Recreation Center. Get a quick

   workout on the track or in the weight room, take a swim

  in the pool, climb the rock wall, join a group fitness

 class, or take up an intramural sport – the possibilities

are endless.

American English Language Program

Student Life


                        HOW TO APPLY
                         • Complete the online international application here
                        • Pay the $40 Application Fee
                       • Send any secondary school records
                      • Submit one standardized test score
                     - TOEFL: 61 IBT or higher
                    - IELTS: 5.5 Band or higher with a minimum of a 

                     5 in reading and a 5 in writing

                International students who meet NKU’s academic

               requirements but do not fulfill NKU’s English proficiency

              requirements may be offered conditional admission.

             Conditionally admitted students are enrolled into the

            AELP program to complete English language requirements

           before matriculating to the university.

        Each graduate program has its own requirements. Please

       review the program specific requirements here before you

      submit a graduate application. 

   Click here to view our scholarships.

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It’s Your Time To Shine
Northern Kentucky University
International Student & Scholar Services

International Admissions
Northern Kentucky University
University Center 305
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Tel. +1 (859) 572 6517
Fax. +1 (859) 572 6178

Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.