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NKU Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into NKU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 6,797 out of 7,397 applicants or 92% were admitted making Northern Kentucky University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores. Northern Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts B average high school students. Only 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 4,605 2,792 7,397
Accepted 4,234 2,563 6,797
Acceptance Rate 92% 92% 92%
Enrolled 1,204 1,062 2,266
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 41% 33%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Northern Kentucky University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that NKU regularly accepts students with ACTs of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northern Kentucky University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 875. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1125 out of 1600. 11 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1000 1250
SAT Reading 500 640
SAT Math 500 600
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT English 20 27
ACT Math 19 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >95%
23 to 26 Avg + 92%-95%
20 to 23 Avg - 87%-92%
17 to 20 Reach 80%-87%
Less than 17 Low <80%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1250 and Above Good >95%
1125 to 1250 Avg + 92%-95%
1000 to 1125 Avg - 87%-92%
875 to 1000 Reach 80%-87%
Less than 875 Low <80%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need about average high school grades to get into Northern Kentucky University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northern Kentucky University was 3.24 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.24 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NKU accepts 92% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 22% Good
3.50 to 3.75 16% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 15% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 21% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 10% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

You have 40 days left until 2017 Fall term applications are due on Jul 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northern Kentucky University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157447 IPEDS survey data for Northern Kentucky University.



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