#8 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky

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Student Population
Kentucky State University overview
Location Frankfort, Kentucky
Online kysu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Kentucky State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, Kentucky State University is a small four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 2,186 prospective students applied, and 1,763 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 525 enrolled in the school.  1,129 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 649 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $7,700 plus fees of $390. KY State is ranked 1010 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Kentucky State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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KY State is rated within the lower 21% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
Extremely Easy
Kentucky State University overview
SAT 890/1060
ACT 18/22
GPA 2.44
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition
In State Costs for Kentucky State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$390
Room and Board $6,690
Budget for Other Expenses$998
Total One Year Cost$17,078
Out of State Resident Tuition
Out of State Costs for Kentucky State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$390
Room and Board $6,690
Budget for Other Expenses$998
Total One Year Cost$20,928

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$31,000 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
21% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Kentucky State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Liberal Arts and Humanities 22%
Health Professions 15%
Education 9%
Business 9%
Psychology 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157058 IPEDS survey data for Kentucky State University.

Current students may use the Kentucky State University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.