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 - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • BS - Computer Animation (Campus)
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    2. Lincoln Tech

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinishing
      • Automotive Technology
      • Diesel Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master's in Business Administration/Management
      • MA in Organizational Leadership
      • MS in Information Technology/Database Administration
      • Master's in Business Administration
      • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting & Finance
      • Master's in Business Administration/Finance
  • 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
      • MBA: Human Resources
      • MBA: Health Care Management
    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
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
      • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • MS in Health Care Administration
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
    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
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
      • BA in Christian Studies
  • Campus and Online Programs
    6. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
      • Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track
      • Ph.D. Business Psychology, I/O Track
      • Ph.D. International Psychology
    Master's
      • M.A. Psychology
      • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health
      • M.A. Behavioral Economics
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
      • M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: ARP Track
      • M.A. International Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Information Systems (MS)
      • Nursing Administration (MS)
      • Nursing Education (MS)
    Bachelor's
      • Accounting (BS)
      • Business Administration (BS)
      • Business Administration - Human Resources Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration - Marketing Emphasis (BS)
      • Business Administration - Technology Emphasis (BS)
      • Health Services Management (BS)
    Associate's
      • Medical Assisting (AOS)
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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 Criminal Justice
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice - Policing
    Master's
      • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
      • Management and Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy in General Family Therapy
      • Master of Social Work
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services/Student Affairs
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
    Master's
      • M.A. in Journalism
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • M.A. in Human Services
      • Master of Divinity - Interdisciplinary Studies
      • Master of Divinity - Old Testament
      • Master of Divinity - Christian Theology
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. in Communication
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Journalism
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Organizational Communication
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • B.A. in English - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development

What is your highest level of education?

Lincoln Tech

  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel Technology

What is your highest level of education?

Florida Tech

  • Master's in Business Administration/Management
  • MA in Organizational Leadership
  • MS in Information Technology/Database Administration

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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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Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
  • BS in Psychology

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The Chicago School

  • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
  • Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track
  • M.A. Psychology
  • Dual Enrollment: Master of Health Service Administration and Master of Public Health

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Independence University

  • Information Systems (MS)
  • Accounting (BS)
  • Medical Assisting (AOS)

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
  • Management and Organizational Leadership

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