Kentucky State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Frankfort, Kentucky
Frankfort, Kentucky. Kaplansa / Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky State University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of just 49%, Kentucky State seems like a selective school. Still, applicants with decent grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted. Interested students will need to submit an application (online or on paper), scores from the SAT or ACT, and a high school transcript. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and to contact the admissions office with any questions about the admissions or application process.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Kentucky State University Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Kentucky State University Description:

Founded in 1886, Kentucky State University is a four-year, public university located on 900 acres in Frankfort, Kentucky. The Historically Black University has a student body of around 1,600 students supported by a student/faculty ratio of 11 to 1, and it is the smallest public university in Kentucky. KSU offers a variety of associate, baccalaureate, and master degree programs across a host of academic subjects. Professional fields such as business, nursing, criminal justice, and public administration are extremely popular with undergraduates. The school is especially proud of its unique aquaculture program. To stay engaged outside of the classroom, KSU students can choose from over 60 student clubs and organization as well as many Greek organizations. KSU also has intramural sports like archery, swimming, and table tennis. On the intercollegiate front, the KSU Thorobreds compete in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) with sports like men’s golf, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,736 (1,568 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 67% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,754 (in-state); $18,056 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,690
  • Other Expenses: $2,916
  • Total Cost: $18,660 (in-state); $28,962 (out-of-state)

Kentucky State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,543
    • Loans: $6,136

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Journalism, Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Science, Information Technology, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 60%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 45%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 5%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 21%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball, Track and Field, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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