Top Kentucky Colleges and Universities

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The following are five major institutions for higher learning within the state of Kentucky. Located near major urban areas, these schools offer students the chance to enjoy the many amenities available in larger cities.
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Top Five Schools in Kentucky

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky was created as a land grant institution in 1865 in the community of Lexington, KY, and it continues to hold to that tradition of public education. With 19,292 undergraduate students and over 200 majors, the university has grown to receive the ranking of #122 on US News and World Report's list of America's Best Colleges. The UK Chandler Medical Center houses one of only two major trauma centers in the state and often takes care of the most injured and critically ill patients in the region. There are 15 libraries on campus, including a federal depository with life sciences, humanities and social sciences collections.

University of Louisville

In 1846, after over a dozen years of reorganization and limited funding, the University of Louisville was officially founded in the city it is named for. Created with an emphasis on medical education, the university has grown to offer 170 fields of study to its 14,995 undergraduate students. Students can begin their work at Louisville by earning an associate's degree and continue studying until they earn a graduate or professional diploma. Its medical center is known for a number of medical firsts, and the university has several successful athletics program.

Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, located just 65 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. The university was founded in the lovely hills in the western part of the state in 1906 and is often lauded as having one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Western Kentucky has a prominent reputation for world-class research, and the Ogden College of Engineering and Science wins many national research awards every year. There are currently 88 academic majors at the university and 16,063 undergraduate students.

Eastern Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Eastern Kentucky University has the prominence of a large research institution, with the smaller classes that students often prefer. The university has an undergraduate enrollment of 13,623 students at its Richmond, Kentucky campus; and students tailor their degree plan from one of the 168 programs. Many non-traditional students find that Eastern Kentucky's evening and weekend classes work well for those who need to balance college with other life responsibilities. It has five colleges -- College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Health Sciences, College of Education and College of Justice and Safety.

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is located just southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio and currently has 12,188 undergraduate students. Its location within the Greater Cincinnati area means that students often participate in local internships at research facilities that are found in a major metropolitan area. The university began to educate students in 1968 as a public institution, and has grown considerably over the years to offer dozens of majors within several independent colleges. It is home to colleges in arts and science, business, human services and education, informatics, nursing and law.

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
    Associate's
      • AS - Cloud Technologies
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
      • DBA: Business Administration
      • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
      • Doctor of Education: School Leadership
    Master's
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Legal Studies
      • MS: Psychology
      • MA: Creative Writing - Fiction
    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
      • BA: Liberal Studies
      • BA: Psychology
      • BA: Psychology - General
      • BS: Computer Science
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Liberal Arts
      • AA: Business Administration
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration
      • B.A. in Psychology
      • B.S. in Legal Studies
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
      • B.S. in Management / Entrepreneurship
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
      • A.S. in Legal Studies
      • A.S. in Management
      • A.S. in Accounting
      • A.S. in Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master of Public Health
      • Master - Accounting
      • Master of Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
      • Associate of Science in Fire Science
      • AASIT: Network Admin
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
      • Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Autism Spectrum Disorders Postbaccalaureate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Sports Management
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Ohio Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Dual Degree - MBA & Masters of Ministry
      • Master of Arts in Leadership - Business Management
      • Master of Arts in Leadership - Human Resources
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management
      • Associate of Arts in Human Services
      • Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
      • Associate of Science in Information Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Public Administration and Policy
      • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA: Healthcare Management
      • DBA: Marketing
      • DBA: Project Management
      • DBA: Human Resources
      • PHD: Higher Education Administration: Education Leadership
      • EDD: Educational Leadership
    Master's
      • MA: Communication
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MBA: International Business
      • MS: Accounting
      • Master of Arts in Public Policy - Public Administration
      • MA: Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • M.B.A. with an Emphasis in Project Management
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Health Psychology
      • MBA
      • MBA: Accounting
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)
      • B.S. in Computer Programming

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • AS - Cloud Technologies
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Saint Leo University

  • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
  • MS: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Criminal Justice

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Legal Studies

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Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AAS in Legal Support and Services
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Ohio Christian University

  • Dual Degree - MBA & Masters of Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Leadership - Business Management
  • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management
  • Associate of Arts in Human Services

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Economics

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