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

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    1. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • M.S. in Computer Science
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
      • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Teaching Reading
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    2. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA: Technology Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
      • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
      • Bachelor: Health Care Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
    Certificate
      • Post Master's Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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 : Business Admin
      • Master of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
    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
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
    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
      • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology
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    4. Bryant & Stratton College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA - General Management
      • BBA Human Resources Management
      • BS Human & Social Services
    Associate's
      • AS - Business
      • AS - Criminal Justice
      • AS - Accounting
      • AS - Human Resources Specialist
      • AS - IT Networking
      • AAS Early Childhood Education
    Certificate
      • Business Assistant Diploma
      • Criminal Justice and Security Services Diploma
      • Accounting Assistant Diploma
      • Early Childhood Care and Development Diploma
      • Hospitality Assistant Diploma
      • Human and Social Services Diploma
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. 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 Bachelors (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • BS - Computer Animation (Campus)
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    6. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Finance
      • MBA - General
      • MBA - Health Care Management
      • MBA - Human Resource Management
      • MBA - Marketing
      • MBA - Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Psychology
      • BS - Criminal Justice / Forensics
      • BS - Business Administration
      • BS - Human Resource Management
      • BSBA - Hospitality and Tourism
      • BS - Information Systems and CyberSecurity
    Associate's
      • AS - Health Information Science Med. Coding Emph
      • AS - Occupational Safety and Health
      • AS - Emergency Medical Services
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Communication
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision
      • Ph.D. in Education
      • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
    Master's
      • M.A. in Communication
      • M.A. in Journalism
      • M.A. in Business & Design Management
      • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
      • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
    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
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    9. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Teaching
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Accounting
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Energy Management
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Entrepreneurship
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Finance
      • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) - Global Supply Chain Management
    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - General
      • MS in Psychology - Self Design
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - Administration & Leadership
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - General
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology - MS AIM Track
      • BS in Criminal Justice - Advanced Topics Criminal Justice AIM
      • BS in Criminal Justice - Self-Designed
      • BS in Psychology - Criminal Justice
      • BS in Psychology - General Psychology
      • BS in Psychology - Human Services for Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DME: Doctor of Music Education
      • LLM: International Legal Studies
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Middle Grades Education
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary Education
    Master's
      • MA: Communication
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MA: Medical Sciences: Biopsychology
      • MA: Music Education: Music Studies
      • MA: Strategic Communication
      • MBA: American Legal Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology
      • BS: Criminal Justice
      • BS: English and Writing: Journalism
      • BS: Strategic Communication
      • BS: Strategic Communication: Social Media Management
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
    Associate's
      • AA: Business
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Education (Non-Licensure)
      • AA: Psychology
      • AAS: Medical Office Assistant
      • AA: Accounting
    Certificate
      • THM: Church History (Non-Thesis)
      • THM: Homiletics (Non-Thesis)
      • THG: Willmington School of the Bible: Biblical Studies
      • THM: Global Studies (Non-Thesis)
      • THM: Theology (Non-Thesis)

Featured Schools

Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
  • BS in Psychology
  • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • Post Master's Certificate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Bryant & Stratton College

  • BA - General Management
  • AS - Business
  • Business Assistant Diploma

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Full Sail University

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

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Columbia Southern University

  • MBA - Finance
  • BS - Psychology
  • AS - Health Information Science Med. Coding Emph

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Communication
  • M.A. in Communication
  • B.A. in Communication

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