NKU Admission Chances

Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Northern Kentucky University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

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. Only 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1250
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northern Kentucky University?

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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northern Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (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%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Northern Kentucky University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NKU?

Admission data indicates that NKU regularly accepts students with ACT's 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northern Kentucky University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Northern Kentucky University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Admission Statistics

Northern Kentucky University admission statistics
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%

Admission Requirements

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

Northern Kentucky University Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at Northern Kentucky University
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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