Best Universities & Colleges in Kentucky for 2021

These are the 26 top schools, both online and traditional, located in the state of Kentucky. Scroll through the list below and get all the information you need about each institution.

Online Colleges in Kentucky

Compare all of the best distance education colleges located in Kentucky to pursue an online bachelors degree, associates, or online masters program degree. Including cost of tuition, degrees they offer, enrollment rates, faculty, famous alumni, and more.

  • Asbury University Seal

    Asbury University

    Wilmore, Kentucky

    Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky
    • 1,915 Total Students
    • 56% Acceptance Rate
    • 34% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,620 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Much like other universities, Asbury had its beginning small as a college. It was formed in 1890 and was the execution of the vision of John Wesley Hughes, a Methodist evangelist Reverend, which he had at his time as a student. With the citizens of Wilmore, Kentucky coming forward with help to set up the school, which was also the preaching community of Hughes, it was chosen as the site for the college to begin. It was named Asbury, after the legacy of Bishop Francis Asbury, who founded American Methodism.

    Asbury University operates as a Private Christian college which adopts its values from the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. It is a member of the Christian College Consortium and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and believes to forward Christ’s mission through transformation of heart and with sacrifices in the way.

    Student life at the university is symbolic of its vision promoting harmony, progress and faith. Students are engaged in leadership and community service activities. Students are given volunteering opportunities in mental hospitals, veteran centers, homeless shelter, refuge centers and others.  There are campus ministries as well as local churches with which the students are encouraged to work and be involved in. The university is also preparing to begin its Cornerstone Project consisting of Scripture, Holiness, Stewardship and Mission as an attempt to combine academic and spiritual life of the students. However, it is not only serious work that spiritual life is encouraged at the campus. There are Bands and Choirs working to bring musical performances in churches. There is also a Jazz Ensemble. Physical activity is considered equally important. There are intramurals held along with having athletic team that participate at the NAIA, NCCAA and others. The campus colors are Purple and White.

    The educational programs offered at the university range from undergraduate programs, certificate programs to graduate degree programs. There are 52 majors offered within 14 academic departments; its Master’s degree is granted in social work or education programs. Asbury also offers Adult Professional Studies and online programs. Its notable department is the Howard Dayton School of Business.

    Asbury School Facts

    • Years Estd.1890
    • MascotEagle
    • MottoEruditio et Religio (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Learning and Religion
    • ColorsPurple White
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsBaseball, Basketball (men's and women's), Cross Country (men's and women's), Golf (men's and women's), Soccer (men's and women's), Swimming & Diving (men's and women's), Softball, Tennis (men's and women's), Volleyball, Lacrosse (men's and women's)
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Asbury Alumni

    • Frederick Bohn Fisher

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Served as the Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in India

    • Lela G. McConnell

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Known as the founder of the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association

    • Anna Talbott McPherson

      Education & Advocacy

      An author; has more than 22 biographies to his name; is also a book illustrator and artist

    • Joe Frank Harris

      Politics & Law

      Formerly held office as the Governor of Georgia

    • Gregory Van Tatenhove

      Politics & Law

      Serving as the Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

    • Ben Campbell Johnson

      Education & Advocacy

      Former Professor Emeritus of Evangelism at Columbia Theological Seminary; also an author

    • Joe Hilley

      Education & Advocacy

      A New York Times best-selling author

    • Sue Bell Cobb

      Politics & Law

      Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court - becoming the first woman to hold this position

    • Cornelius R. Hager

      Education & Advocacy

      Served as the President of Asbury College for three terms


  • Beckfield College-Florence

    Florence, Kentucky

    • 662 Total Students
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Beckfield College had a humble start as Educational Services Center in 1984. It was founded by Dr. Harry L. Beck who being an educator saw the need among individuals looking for personalized training in their chosen career. Everywhere else offered training and education in a traditional setting so he began his mission with only two students and two faculty members, the institute began. For its dedication in serving the community’s educational and professional needs was incorporated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1989. It is based in Florence, Kentucky and operates another campus in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    The college still maintains the vision it started with over 30 years ago, serving the needs of the community outside of traditional setting and providing personalized instruction and training. Following a rise in the healthcare industry, the college introduced its nursing programs in 2004.

    For students life at Beckfield is about having development and progress. The college does not only contribute to each individual enrolled through its academic programs, but it also supports them, nurtures them and supplements their studies through its various support services. It begins with orientation and makes sure that each of its students is firmly settled in their academic track. It also ensures the progress of its students through counseling, both personal and professional. This of its personalized attention is what makes the college unique. The college also has its student organizations which are involved in bringing activities and events to the campus. The Florence campus offers facilities such as laboratories, a crime laboratory, a firearms training center, those that support the students in their professional training as well as fitness center which will keep them physically well.

    The college offers undergraduate degree programs, which include Bachelors, Associates and Certificate programs in the field of business, healthcare, nursing, criminal justice, technology and paralegal studies. The college owns and operates Larock Healthcare Academy which provides training primarily in healthcare but also business and professional training through workshops and seminars.

    Beckfield School Facts

    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Bellarmine University Seal

    Bellarmine University

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky
    • 3,846 Total Students
    • 84% Acceptance Rate
    • 14% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 5,885 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Bellarmine University is a Private university based in Louisville, Kentucky. It was established in the year 1950 and was founded by the Archbishop John A. Floersh, with the support of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and of the Conventual Franciscan Fathers. The college was the third educational institute formed by this diocese and was named after the Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine, who was Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church and had played an important role in Counter Reformation.

    With its Roman Catholic affiliation, the college has been open to diversity and only focuses on preparing each if its students into great humans and leaders. With it approach towards inclusion since its beginning, the university also became one of the first institute accepting and welcoming students without racial discrimination, in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    For the students enrolled at Bellarmine, the campus life and experience at the university is a transformational as well as progressive. The institute offers a range of student activities and student led programs and events. It provides a comfortable residential life where the students interact with each other and stay connected like a family. Maintaining the Catholic identity and serving as a spiritual connection to its students, there is campus ministry. It provides ‘Our Lady of the Woods Chapel’ as a worship place and through various projects like Habitat for Humanity and International social justice projects, it aims to instill both leadership roles along with community outreach. As further initiative, the university also lets the families of its student be part of their children’s journey during its Orientation Week. It has Athletic teams that participate at the NCAA Division II, with campus colors Red and Gray and ‘Knight’ as the mascot.

    The academic programs at Bellarmine consist of undergraduate programs with more than 50 majors and graduate programs which include Master’s and Doctoral programs. Its prestigious departments are W. Fielding Rubel School of Business, Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education and Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

    Bellarmine School Facts

    • Years Estd.1950
    • NicknameKnights
    • MascotKnight
    • MottoIn Veritatis Amore
    • Motto Eng.In the Love of Truth
    • ColorsScarlet and Silver
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNCAA Division II – GLVCNCAA Division I – SoCon (lacrosse)
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Bellarmine Alumni

    • Dapo Fagbenle

      Entertainment & Arts

      Music video director and entertainer, London-based

    • Bruce Tinsley

      Entertainment & Arts

      Cartoonist and creator of the 'Mallard Fillmore' comic strip

    • Joseph C. Burke

      Education & Advocacy

      Former President of State University of New York at Plattsburgh; also former Acting Chancellor of the State University of New York

    • John Young Brown III

      Politics & Law

      Served as the Secretary of State of Kentucky from 1996 to 2004

    • William J. Donahue

      Politics & Law

      Retired Lieutenant General for the United States Air Force

    • Kyle Sorensen

      Professional Sports

      National Lacrosse League player


  • Brescia University Seal

    Brescia University

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    • 1,060 Total Students
    • 48% Acceptance Rate
    • 8% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,153 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Brescia began as Mount Saint Joseph Junior College for Women in 1925 at Maple Mount. It was established by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. From its time of inception to the year 1950 when it achieved university status, the college had expanded its academic offerings greatly as well as opened up to a wider audience. It transitioned from women’s only institute to a coeducational university. It was named Brescia, the city Brescia in Italy where Saint Angela Merici established the original order.

    Today, the university is based in Owensboro, Kentucky and has not stopped in its mission to becoming an institute for modern education. In 2014 the college began its capital campaign for $ 10 million. Also being a liberal arts and a catholic institute, the institute paves way for knowledge as well as moral and spiritual enhancement.

    From the moment students’ step through the doors of Brescia University, they are provided every opportunity helping them to become a part of the student community. Its New Student Orientation Program, a four day event introduces students to the life and traditions at the campus. Once inducted, there are many student run groups and student organisations that the students can join depending on their interests and for social interaction. Further down the lane, there are many other activities; as part of leadership development students can become a part of Student Activities’ Program Board, an Orientation Leader, Peer Educator or Resident Assistant. There is religious side of the university as well; the campus ministry holds Mass and daily Liturgy readings and worship.  There are university athletic teams called ‘Bearcats’, participating at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The campus colors are Blue and White.

    Academic programs at Brescia consist of more than 50 undergraduate (associate, bachelors and pre professional programs) and four Master’s Degree programs offered through six of its divisions and schools covering arts, humanities, mathematics, education, business and sciences. Its prestigious department and facilities are William H. Thompson School of Business and Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

    Brescia School Facts

    • Years Estd.1925
    • NicknameBearcats
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNAIA – KIAC
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

    Famous Brescia Alumni

    • Joey Goebel

      Author


  • Campbellsville University Seal

    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky
    • 3,128 Total Students
    • 76% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 13 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,579 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A Private university today, CU began in 1906 as an institute for boys. It was named as Russell Creek Academy and was founded by the Russell Creek Baptist Association. With its successful implementation of its curriculum and with growing significance of higher education, the school eventually added a four year curriculum, and was soon accredited as a college. By 1996 the college had expanded enough to offer graduate program and so transitioned as a university.

    It is based in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Campbellsville University started as a Baptist institute and made its progress towards becoming a modern day higher education system with a much wider objective and purpose. It offers liberal arts education but its values are firmly placed in Christian tradition to promote development of not just career but also character for a more diverse and global role.

    The campus life at CU incorporates every element that is needed for a transformative experience. Students are inducted into campus life through New Student Orientation and are further involved through student run clubs and organisations; there are academic, professional, interests and ministry organisations. There are student activities that bring social and other sports events. For a spiritual inclination of its students, there is campus ministry, chapel series and local and regional mission trips. Additionally there are Summer Camps and Conferences, where different off campus groups use university resources for their education and activities. These groups include business, music, sports, church work and others. Physical activities and sports carry huge significance; there are intramurals and athletic teams, called ‘Tigers’ take part in NAIA. The university hails its official colors Maroon and Gray.

    Academics at CU consist of undergraduate, graduate and professional certifications. There are four certificate programs, nine Associate programs, Bachelors with more than 45 majors and 40 minors, and 11 Master’s programs. It also offers eight pre professional programs. Its prominent department is the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling.

    CU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1906
    • MascotTigers
    • ColorsMaroon and Gray
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist

    Famous CU Alumni

    • Vernie McGaha

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Kentucky Senate, Republican

    • Wallace Wilkinson

      Politics & Law

      Formerly served as Governor of Kentucky

    • E. Bruce Heilman

      Education & Advocacy

      Chancellor, University of Richmond

    • Rick Stansbury

      Professional Sports

      Current head coach at Western Kentucky University; former Mississippi State University men's head basketball coach from 1998 to 2012

    • Chris Clarke

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Southern Baptist missionary

    • Sandra Blanton

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Indiana House of Representatives, Democratic

    • Randy Wayne

      Entertainment & Arts

      Actor


  • Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

    Pineville, Kentucky

    Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, Kentucky
    • 151 Total Students
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    CCBBC is a private four year college that was founded in 1926 as Clear Creek Mountain Springs, Inc. It was chartered as a Bible institute and was founded by Dr. Lloyd Caswell Kelly who served as the Pastor of Pineville First Baptist Church. The institute went through different phases; it became Clear Creek Mountain Preacher School and Clear Creek Baptist School, a transformation that happened as the institute started to offer a four year degree.

    It was in 1986 that the institute received its present name, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College. It is based in Pineville, Kentucky. The college since its beginning has been involved in preparing both and women for service towards God’s mission. It offers Biblical education with practical exposure to teachings and service for Church leadership.

    The college aims to immerse its students completely into the deep subject of Biblical education and the great responsibility of the leaders and so brings education both inside and outside classroom. Students find themselves enriched not just academically but also spiritually through regular Chapel attendance. The Chapel offers two lecture series, Barry Lectures and Lacy-Lykins lecture series. Furthermore, there are student services that are aimed at assisting students in their academic journey. Student support is offered through Family Life Center which provides recreational opportunities which are family friendly. There is also Child Development Center which is a facility provided to nurture, support and for development of children. There is also support for students in the form of work study program, where students are provided with work opportunities on campus to help them with their finances.

    Academically CCBBC offers undergraduate programs. It offers a Certificate in Bible program, Associate of Arts in Ministry and a Bachelors of Arts in Ministry program. Also provided is Online education through which all of the above degree programs are offered. The notable facilities are Brooks Memorial Library, Kelly Hall and Melzoni Alumni Hall.

    CCBBC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1926
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist

  • Daymar College Seal

    Daymar College

    Louisville, Kentucky

    • 252 Total Students
    • 7 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Daymar is a for profit institute which was founded in the year 1963 as Owensboro Business College. The college initially offered courses in general business and as time went on added many professional work skills to its curriculum. Continuing with its progress, in 1973, it started to offer vocational programs as well as Associate degrees being permitted by the Kentucky State Board for Proprietary Education and since has continued to add different skill programs to its academic set.

    It took on its new name as Daymar College in 2001 as it sought to move into other locations. Presently it has campuses in five locations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Preparing individuals for a career start, the college equips students with the right skills, develops competencies and helps them in crafting fruitful lives and careers.

    At each of the campuses of the college, students find plenty of opportunities besides studies that allow them to grow and gain a practical experience of the skills they are learning. These allow for student involvement with each other as well as the college outside of classrooms. These activities and events range from social to cultural and help in general upliftment. This also gives rise to the community development at the campuses. Being a career college that understands the need for development of its students outside of their academic journey, the college offers career services since the onset of their studies at the college. There are formal career workshops held which help the students with a wide range of career services. From helping students in determining the right career course and preparing them for it to offering internships in different fields, the Career Services offers all. There also guide on interviews, how to improve on them through mock interviews and how to write resumes and cover letters. It also teaches networking and workplace communication.

    The academic programs offered at Daymar consist of nine healthcare programs, three business programs, two programs in technology and design, one in criminal justice, one in health and wellness and one in truck driving.

    Daymar School Facts

    • Years Estd.1963
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Daymar Alumni

    • Gary Painter

      Politics & Law

      Sheriff of Midland County in Texas, since 1985

    • Virginia Johnson

      Politics & Law

      First woman to seek the office of Governor of Arkansas


  • Eastern Kentucky University Seal

    Eastern Kentucky University

    Richmond, Kentucky

    Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky
    • 16,844 Total Students
    • 71% Acceptance Rate
    • 39% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 10,215 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    EKU is a public and coeducational institute that was formed as Governor J.C. Beckham signed the bill and which was enacted the same year, in 1906 by Kentucky General Assembly establishing the university as Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. As it progressed, it turned into a four year institution by 1922. Within four years, it was an accredited institute and added its first graduate program in 1935.

    It transformed into a university as it gained permission to award graduate degrees in other fields than education in 1966 and was renamed as Eastern Kentucky University. As the institute has advanced into the present age, it has improved its vision by expanding its focus to include diverse and inclusive understanding of society and working to achieve intellectual and professional excellence. It is based in Richmond, Kentucky and has campuses in Hazard, Lancaster, Somerset, Corbin, Danville, and Manchester.

    At Eastern Kentucky University, students do not fall short of resources and opportunities to improve their learning and be engaged within the campus life. The university has its official organisation called the Office of Conferencing & Events which organizes and arranges activities and conferences adding value to the life of students outside of classroom. For active learning, there are also workshops and collaborative activities put together by the university studio which helps improve creativity. Students are also facilitated with academic help through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Students also enjoy creative arts performances including music, theatre and dances. There is also a Planetarium which hosts shows also open to the public. The university also actively supports sustainability causes by not only teaching its students about it but also encouraging them to be involved in awareness activities and reducing its own environmental impact. The university colors are Maroon and White.

    The academic programs provided at EKU include nine Associate programs, more than 90 majors and minors and 50 graduate programs including Master’s and Doctoral programs. Its notable facilities are Noel Studio, Hummel Planetarium, John Grant Crabbe Library, Brockton Hall, Turner Gate and few more.

    EKU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1906
    • NicknameColonels
    • MottoWhere Students and Learning Come First
    • ColorsMaroon and White
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous EKU Alumni

    • Eula Bingham

      Science & Medicine

      Renowned occupational health scientist

    • Kim King

      Politics & Law

      Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing the 55th House District

    • Jessamyn Duke

      Professional Sports

      Professional Mixed Martial Artist formally for the UFC

    • Sam Champion

      Business & Industry

      Weather editor/anchor for "Good Morning America" and ABC News; also former weather forecaster for WABC-TV

    • Steve Pence

      Politics & Law

      Former Lieutenant Governor and Justice Secretary of Kentucky

    • Crystal Wilkinson

      Entertainment & Arts

      Writer, poet, educator; also winner of 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

    • Tom Colbert

      Politics & Law

      First African-American Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice


  • Georgetown College Seal

    Georgetown College

    Georgetown, Kentucky

    Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky
    • 1,364 Total Students
    • 68% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,145 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Georgetown College (GC) is a small private Christian educational institute that offers liberal arts studies located in Georgetown, Kentucky. Georgetown roots return back to Royal Springs Academy which was established in 1787 as a classical school by Elijah Craig, a Baptist Pasteur. In 1798, the school changed its name to be Rittenhouse Academy as a result of the land grant agreement. Rittenhouse Academy came down with time and closed its doors in 1829. The Kentucky General Assembly prompted the Kentucky Baptist Education Society in 1829 with the necessity of establishment of a Baptist educational institute in the state. Silas Noel, a Frankfort lawyer, priest and jurist, leading a board of trustees consisting of twenty four Baptist leaders, were convinced to establish the new Baptist institute in Georgetown instead of other suggested counties such as Transylvania University campus in Lexington. This decision came up after the citizens of Georgetown have offered to donate 20,000 dollars in addition to the newly closed Rittenhouse Academy properties in order to establish the new institute. These properties included 52 acres-campus and a land in the western region of Kentucky. Georgetown was opened officially in 1829 as the first Baptist College situated in the western area of Allegheny Mountains. The campus lies in a focal point in Kentucky in a way that it is few miles away from other cities in the state including Lexington and Louisville. In addition it is only 75 miles away from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    GC mission is to offer students outstanding academic curricula in liberal arts and science studies along with extravagant Christian environment so they could be able to build up their skills and pursue through life successfully.

    GC consists of 18 departments offering undergraduate degrees in more than 50 majors and minors in addition to more than other 5 dual degrees and master’s degrees.The college is rated as the best southeast college according to the Princeton Reviews. Also, the American Chemical Society has selected GC Chemistry Department as one of the best two chemistry departments in private colleges in Kentucky.

    GC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1829
    • MascotTigers
    • MottoVim Promovet Insitiam (Latin)
    • Motto Eng."[Learning] promotes one's innate power" – from Horace, Ode 4.4
    • ColorsBlack and Orange
    • LocationKentucky
    • Athletics22 varsity teams
    • Religious AffiliationBaptist

    Famous GC Alumni

    • Benjamin Marcus Bogard

      Social Advocacy & Service

      An American Baptist author and educator in Arkansas. Founder of the American Baptist Association, commonly known as the Missionary Baptist denomination in Texas.

    • Chia-Wei Woo

      Education & Advocacy

      Founding President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (KUST). Winner of American Physical Society and the California Academy of Sciences Fellowships.

    • Blanton Long Collier

      Professional Sports

      An American former football professional player. Former coach of University of Kentucky and the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League (NFL).

    • Thomas E. Corts

      Education & Advocacy

      An American former university president of Wingate University, North Carolina (1974 – 1981) and the 17th president of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (1983 – 2006).

    • Bruce McNorton

      Professional Sports

      An American professional football player. Former cornerback player in the Detroit Lions team.

    • John Gordon Mein

      Politics & Law

      An American ambassador. Former U.S. ambassador of Guatemalan during Guatemalan Civil War. First U.S. ambassador to be killed while serving in his office.

    • Arthur Yager

      Education & Advocacy

      A professor of economics, history and politics at Georgetown College. Former president of President of Georgetown College (1908-1913) and former Governor of Puerto Rico (1913-1921).


  • Kentucky Christian University Seal

    Kentucky Christian University

    Grayson, Kentucky

    Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky
    • 606 Total Students
    • 36% Acceptance Rate
    • 32% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,185 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kentucky Christian University (KCU) is a baccalaureate level Christian university in Grayson, Kentucky. I was established in 1919, as Christian Normal Institute, by J. O. Snodgrass and J. W. Lusby. Being a “normal school”, KCU’s programs involved a high school, a junior college, and a training program for civic school teachers. Along with the early 1920s its mission shifted to educating scholars for the Christian ministry. Twice weekly mandatory chapel services are an important part of the KCU experience and community service on campus. The university is also famous for the greatness of their worship leaders, and their programs in Christian nursing and athletic.

    KCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All programs that require professional licensure (i.e. Nursing, Teacher Education and Social Work) are job-wise accredited. The athletics teams of KCU are nicknamed the Knights and Lady Knights. KCU is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), in addition to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

    Degree programs are presented in eight schools within the university, including the Sack School of Bible and Ministry, the Keeran School of Education, the Yancy School of Nursing, etc. Every graduate of KCU registers for a 24-hour core in Biblical Studies, as well as the liberal arts core and the student’s major area of study (ministry, social work, and education, etc.) This mixture of liberal arts, biblical studies, and professional studies is a plus that is unique to Kentucky Christian University.

    KCU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1919
    • MascotKnights
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Churches and Churches of Christ

  • Kentucky Mountain Bible College Seal

    Kentucky Mountain Bible College

    Jackson, Kentucky

    • 68 Total Students
    • 63% Acceptance Rate
    • 75% Enrollment Rate
    • 14 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 51 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kentucky Mountain Bible College (KMBC) is an evangelical Christian Holiness Bible college, first founded in 1931 by Dr. Lela G. McConnell and Rev. Martha Archer as a branch of the neighboring Mount Carmel High School in Vancleve, Kentucky with the original name of Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (KMBI). The land was donated by those two founders to KMBC. The school was founded to train young people from the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Kentucky in the parts of ministry and missions. KMBI first offered a two year Bible course, and extended its program to three years in 1938. In the following year, a rainstorm on Frozen Creek resulted in a flash flood that destroyed the original school and many of near homes, as well. The school was re-opened on a site denoted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fletcher. In 1989, the institute was accredited by the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges to be a four year college, and hence its name was changed to Kentucky Mountain Bible College (KMBC), which started offering classes online in the fall of 2014.

    The college is placed near the town of Jackson in Breathitt County. The campus contains several distinctive buildings including Helen Matthews Luce Chapel & Fine Arts Building and the Davis Memorial Building which contains the Gibson Library.

    KMBC offers two degrees; two-year Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies degree and the Bachelor of Arts in Religion. KMBC was placed 10th by an InsideCollege appraisal of colleges for student acceptance. In a 2009 re-accreditation, the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) acknowledged Kentucky Mountain Bible College for performing well in several areas. In 1994, KMBC was granted membership with The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (AABC). The campus colors of Kentucky are purple and white. KMBC is accredited by both the Kentucky Educational and Rehabilitation Programand the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP).

    KMBC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1931
    • MottoTraining Holiness Leaders
    • ColorsPurple and White
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationMultiple Protestant Denomination

    Famous KMBC Alumni

    • Gwen Pinkerton

      Social Advocacy & Service

      OMS Missionary to Ecuador and Brazil

    • Dr. Philip Speas

      Education & Advocacy

      President, Kentucky Mountain Bible College

    • Larry Byrnes

      Education & Advocacy

      Professor of Nursing, Roberts Wesleyan College

    • Lois M. Henry

      Social Advocacy & Service

      WGM missionary to Costa Rica and Honduras

    • Brandon M. Edwards

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Pastor, Church of the Nazarene


  • Kentucky State University Seal

    Kentucky State University

    Frankfort, Kentucky

    Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky
    • 1,586 Total Students
    • 38% Acceptance Rate
    • 12% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,768 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kentucky State University (KSU) is a public, historically black, and liberal arts university chartered in 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons in Frankfort, Kentucky. KSU was the second state-assisted institution of higher education in Kentucky. The school was officially opened on October 11, 1887, and headed by John H. Jackson as its first president. Jackson Hall (first name as Recitation Hall) was the school’s first permanent building. The school was expanded in 1890 by adding home economics, agriculture and mechanics departments. The school’s name was changed in 1902 to Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons. Twenty-four years later, the institute’s name was changed once more to Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons. In 1930s, the school was stopped, and then reopened again in 1938 with the name of “the Kentucky State College for Negroes”. The term “for Negroes” was removed from its name in 1952. In 1972, the college was granted the university state and became Kentucky State University.
    KSU’s motto is “Inspiring Innovation, Growing Leaders, and Advancing Kentucky”. The Kentucky State’ athletic teams are called Thorobreds and Thorobrettes. They play in the Division II of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) finals. Thorobreds and Thorobrettes are part of Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The school’s mascot is the Thorobredsare. KSU has been affiliated to the SIAC since 1997. The university’s athletic and recreational building is named the Exum Center after William Exum, who served as the first African-American varsity football player at the University of Wisconsin. Exum served as head of KSU’s Physical Education department in 1949, and then head of the Athletics department. The official campus colors are green and gold.
    KSU has four colleges and offers 55 undergraduate degrees, four associate degrees, and six post-graduate programs. The university also grants five liberal study degrees delivered by the Whitney Young School (WYS) of Honors and Liberal Studies.

    KSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1886 (1886)
    • NicknameThorobreds & Thorobrettes
    • Motto"Inspiring Innovation. Growing Leaders. Advancing Kentucky."
    • ColorsGreen and Gold
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous KSU Alumni

    • Michael Bernard

      Professional Sports

      Basketball player and the first from KSU to be drafted by the NBA in 1970

    • Anna Mac Clarke

      Politics & Law

      Member of Women's Army Corps during WWII

    • Tom Colbert

      Politics & Law

      First African-American Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice

    • Cletidus Hunt

      Professional Sports

      former professional football player

    • John Kenerson

      Professional Sports

      NFL, AFL and CFL player

    • Yingluck Shinawatra

      Politics & Law

      The first female Prime Minister of Thailand


  • Kentucky Wesleyan College Seal

    Kentucky Wesleyan College

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky
    • 693 Total Students
    • 64% Acceptance Rate
    • 26% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,073 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Kentucky Wesleyan College is a private Methodist college that is well known for its liberal arts programs. The college was chartered in 1858 by the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was primarily located in Millersburg. Classes began in 1866 as a training school for preachers. Later on, business and liberal arts classes were incorporated. In 1890 the school was placed in Winchester and soon women started to be admitted for the first time. In 1951, the school was settled at its present location in Kentucky’s fourth biggest city, Owensboro.
    The motto of KWC is “find yourself”.The Kentucky Wesleyan athletic teams are called Panthers and they compete in the national collegiate athletics association (NCAA) Division II. Panthers were also a founding member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. KWC is now a founding member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) starting from 2013-14 season. The men’s basketball team stepped forward to the Division II championship game six successive years (1998–2003), Ray Harper leaded in winning in 1999 and 2001. Overall, Panthers have defeated eight NCAA Division II National Men’s Basketball finals, which is the most by any NCAA Division II School. The college’s mascot is Panthers, while the official colors are purple and white.
    Kentucky Wesleyan introduces 30 majors and 12 pre-professional programs. The college offers four divisions: Fine Arts & Humanities, Professional Studies, Natural Sciences & Mathematics , and Social Sciences.

    KWC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1858
    • MascotPanthers
    • MottoFind Yourself
    • ColorsPurple and white
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IIG-MAC, Independent (football)
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous KWC Alumni

    • G. Lindsey Davis

      Social Advocacy & Service

      bishop of the United Methodist Church

    • Bobby R. Himes

      Education & Advocacy

      history professor at Campbellsville University

    • John Wesley Hughes

      Education & Advocacy

      founder of Kingswood College and Asbury University

    • Doug Moseley

      Politics & Law

      retired United Methodist minister and former Kentucky state senator

    • Paul A. Porter

      Politics & Law

      previous Federal Communications Commission chairman

    • Stanley Forman Reed

      Politics & Law

      former justice of the United States Supreme Court

    • Jody Richards

      Politics & Law

      previous Speaker of the House, Kentucky House of Representatives


  • Lindsey Wilson College Seal

    Lindsey Wilson College

    Columbia, Kentucky

    • 2,651 Total Students
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • Yes Online Programs

    Lindsey Wilson College (LWC) is a United Methodist four-year liberal-arts college in the city of Columbia, Kentucky, United States. The college was founded in 1903 in association with the southern division of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and named “Lindsey Wilson Training School” after the name of the late stepson of Catherine Wilson. The aim of the school was to educate young students; grades one through twelve on campus, in a grade school. In 1923, the school’s name was changed to the contemporary name “Lindsey Wilson College” and was authorized to offer a two-year liberal arts program. In 1986, Lindsey Wilson turned out to be a four-year liberal arts college. The master’s program was added in mid-1990 in Counseling and Human Development and Education. Keeping pace with the demands for online education, LWC launched several online programs, in August 2014.

    The college’s motto is “Every Student, Every Day”. LWC has several historical buildings including the current L.R. McDonald Administration Building and Phillip’s Hall. In addition to Fugitte Science building, which is a the newest state-of-the-art building. LWC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College is also authorized by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church. Lindsey Wilson College teams are nicknamed the “Blue Raiders”, with the mascot “Blue Raider Bob”. The official campus colors are blue and white. The college is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), principally competing in the Mid-South Conference.

    Lindsey Wilson college offers more than 26 Bachelor of Arts degree programs, with 20 minor areas, three Master’s degree programs, and ten Associate of Arts degrees programs.

    LWC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1903
    • MascotBlue Raider Bob
    • MottoEvery Student, Every Day
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous LWC Alumni

    • Ty Shipalane

      Professional Sports

      Professional soccer player

    • Lebogang Moloto

      Professional Sports

      Professional soccer player

    • Tim Johnson

      Professional Sports

      Professional racing cyclist

    • Shaun Francis

      Professional Sports

      Professional soccer player

    • Albert Edward

      Professional Sports

      Professional soccer player

    • Walter Arnold Baker

      Politics & Law

      member of the Kentucky Supreme Court, and state legislator


  • Midway University Seal

    Midway University

    Midway, Kentucky

    Midway University in Midway, Kentucky
    • 1,055 Total Students
    • 46% Acceptance Rate
    • 40% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 397 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Midway University is a private higher education institute for liberal arts located in Midway, Kentucky. It was established under the name of Kentucky Female Orphan School by Dr. L.L.  Pinkerton, minister of the Midway Christian Church and and Mr. James Ware Parrish, a Midway Christian Church member. It received its charter from the Kentucky legislature in 1847 and the first class started 2 years later with only one teacher and 19 students. The university operated at several stages as an elementary school, high school and junior college till it finally evolved into a four-year bachelor granting institute. Midway was last remaining female college in Kentucky when it was converted in 2016 to a coeducational institute when male students were admitted to the Day College.

    The university states that its mission is to provide global education focusing on students that inspires the lives of students helping them to achieve rewarding career and become responsible citizens. The university campus is located in in the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass region covering 200 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings with its oldest building, Pinkerton Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974. Other prominent buildings on campus include Keeneland Equine Education Center, Ashland Equine Barn, Marrs Hall with its clock tower, Starks Hall and Anne Hart Raymond Center for Mathematics, Science & Technology in addition to 2 residential halls which are Buster Hall and Belle Wisdom Hall. The college is also known for its unique traditions as Ring Shield, Night of Lights, Pinkerton Bell and the school song which is called Alma Mater. The official colors of the university are blue, white and yellow. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Eagles, compete in in the River States Conference as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

    The university is divided into three schools. It offers 2 associate degree programs, 33 bachelor programs in addition to 9 pre-professional programs. Additionally, there are 3 master’s degree programs. Some programs are also offered in evening classes and online mode of study. The university is accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Midway School Facts

    • Years Estd.1847
    • MascotEagles
    • MottoAma Vicinum Acte
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNAIA
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  • Morehead State University Seal

    Morehead State University

    Morehead, Kentucky

    Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky
    • 10,872 Total Students
    • 85% Acceptance Rate
    • 35% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,888 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Morehead State University (MSU) is a public coeducational university found in in Morehead, Kentucky. It was established in 1887 as a private institute named Morehead Normal School. The first class consisted of only one student who was taught in a small rented cottage. In 1922, the Kentucky General Assembly founded Morehead State Normal School and accordingly the private institute was closed. The first class started at the public school in the following year. In 1926, the name of the school was changed to Morehead State Normal School and Teachers College before dropping the words “Normal School” from the name in 1930. The name was shortened again in 1948 to “Morehead State College” and finally the college achieved the university status and got its current name in 1966.

    Morehead has a rural campus covering more than 700 acres which contains more than 50 major facilities. Prominent buildings on campus include Allia Young Hall, Andrews Hall, Baird Music Hall, Butler Hall, Combs Building, Corn Wilson Stewart Moonlight School, Cooper Hall, Lappin Hall, Little Bell Tower, Mignon Tower, Lundergan Hall and Jayne Stadium. Part of the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district which includes Button Auditorium, Grote-Thompson Hall, Allie Young Hall, Rader Hall, Breckenridge Training School and Camden-Carroll Library. The official colors of the university are gold and blue while its mascot is called Beaker. Its athletic teams, who are nicknamed Eagles, compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Ohio Valley Conference.

    The university is divided into 4 colleges including Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It offers more than 140 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate programs in addition to several certificate programs. The university also offers an online master’s degree program. Morehead State is among 5 institutes only in the United States that grant bachelor degree in space sciences. It has a space science center that was established through a partnership with NASA. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Morehead School Facts

    • Years Estd.1887
    • NicknameEagles
    • MascotBeaker
    • MottoLux
    • Motto Eng.Light
    • ColorsBlue and Gold
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNCAA Division I FCSOVC, Pioneer Football League
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Morehead Alumni

    • William E. Barber

      Politics & Law

      Marine Corps colonel, recipient of Medal of Honor

    • Kenneth Faried

      Professional Sports

      NBA player for Denver Nuggets

    • Janet Stumbo

      Politics & Law

      first female judge at Kentucky Supreme Court

    • Nelson Allen

      Politics & Law

      former Kentucky State Senator

    • Terry McBrayer

      Politics & Law

      former Chairman of Kentucky Democratic Party


  • Murray State University Seal

    Murray State University

    Murray, Kentucky

    Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky
    • 10,998 Total Students
    • 91% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 15 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,874 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Murray State University (MSU) is a public higher education institute located in Murray, Kentucky. The university was established in 1922 as a normal school after the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky approved the Senate Bill 14. The State Board of Education named John Wesley Carr to become the first president of the college and at the same time the Normal School Commission named another person for the position. The Kentucky Court of Appeals then decided that the State Board of Education has the right to choose the president and accordingly Carr kept his position. The school started its first class in 1923 operating temporarily on the first floor of Murray High School. The name of the college was changed in 1926 to become Murray State Normal School and Teachers College. Two years later, the college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The name was changed to Murray State Teachers College and then Murray State College in 1930 and 1948, respectively. It finally achieved the university status in 1966 gaining its current name.

    The university campus covers 248 acres divided into 5 sections including the Quad, Central Campus, west campus, sports and recreation facilities and residence halls. The Quad is the oldest part of the campus and includes Wrather West Kentucky Museum, Wells Hall, the Lowry Center, Pogue Library, the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center and Sparks Hall which is the main administrative building. It also includes Oakhurst which is the residence for the university president. The oldest building in the Central Campus is Ordway Hall which was constructed in 1930. The west campus in turn was established starting 2004 by the renovation and expansion of Alexander Hall.

    The university is divided into 7 colleges including Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. It offers 148 academic programs granting bachelor, master’s and associate degrees in addition to pre-professional programs.

    MSU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1922
    • NicknameRacers
    • MascotRacer One (live mascot)Dunker (costumed)
    • ColorsNavy blue and Gold
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous MSU Alumni

    • Jude Deveraux

      Entertainment & Arts

      romance novelist

    • Isaiah Canaan

      Professional Sports

      NBA player with Philadelphia 76ers

    • Rex Geveden

      Business & Industry

      president of Teledyne Brown Engineering and former Associate Administrator of NASA

    • Walt Powell

      Professional Sports

      professional football player

    • Kenneth W. Winters

      Politics & Law

      former senator from Kentucky State


  • Northern Kentucky University Seal

    Northern Kentucky University

    Highland Heights, Kentucky

    Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • 14,699 Total Students
    • 92% Acceptance Rate
    • 33% Enrollment Rate
    • 19 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 7,397 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Northern Kentucky University is a public higher education institute located in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The university was established in 1948 as a branch campus to the University of Kentucky in Covington and was known as the UK Northern Extension Center. In 1968, the branch campus separated into an independent institute under the name of “Northern Kentucky State College”. In 1971, the college expanded when the Salmon P. Chase College of Law merged into the college. It relocated in the following year to its current location. In 1973, the college awarded its first bachelor degree. The college finally achieved the university status three years later changing its name to the current one. In 2002, the university started a rebranding plan which included a new university logo.

    The university states that its mission to deliver innovative, student-centered education. It also aims to engage in scholar endeavors that help the student build their successful careers and contribute positively to their communities.  The university main campus is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky covering 425 acres. It offers several distinctive buildings and facilities including Albright Health Center, The Bank of Kentucky Center, Dorothy Westerman Herrmann Natural Science Center, Founders Hall, Landrum Academic Center, Lucas Administrative Center, Nunn Hall, Steely Library, Callahan Hall and Kentucky Hall. Northern Kentucky campus is the first educational institute to have a laser-projection planetarium which is hosted at the Dorothy Westerman Hermann Natural Science Center. The campus main library is named W. Frank Steely Library in honor of the university first president. The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Norse, compete in NCAA Division I. The official colors of the university are black and gold while its mascot is called Victor E. Viking.

    The university is divided into 6 colleges including Haile/US Bank College of Business and Salmon P. Chase College of Law. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    NKU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1968
    • NicknameNorse
    • MascotVictor E. Viking
    • ColorsBlack and Gold
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNCAA Division IHorizon League
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous NKU Alumni

    • Rich Boehne

      Business & Industry

      president and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company

    • Gary Webb

      Entertainment & Arts

      Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

    • George Clooney

      Entertainment & Arts

      Hollywood actor

    • Adam Gregory

      Entertainment & Arts

      actor who participated in Hannah Montana: The Movie, and The Bold and the Beautiful

    • Tom Luken

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Cincinnati


  • Thomas More College

    Crestview Hills, Kentucky

    Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky
    • 1,909 Total Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 20% Enrollment Rate
    • 16 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,531 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Thomas More College is a private liberal arts higher education institute located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The college was established in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters of Covington as a college for women under the name of Villa Madonna College. It initially aimed at providing training to Catholic school teachers and providing college education for young women. The college received its charter from the Commonwealth of Kentucky two years later. The first students graduated from the college in 1929. In the same year, Villa Madonna became the official college for the Diocese of Covington. During its early years, the college was administered by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Congregation of Divine Providence, and the local Benedictine Sisters. In 1945, the college became officially a coeducational institute. However, before that date men used to attend classes at the college through the affiliated St. Thomas More College. In 1964, the college announced its plan to expand by moving to a larger campus. The campus was relocated four years later to Crestview Hills which was then known as Covington. The college name was also changed with the relocation to Thomas More College. In 2018, the college achieved the university changing its name to the current one.

    The university campus has several prominent buildings including Connor Convocation Center, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, Bank of Kentucky Field and Saints Center which was formerly called the Holbrook Student Center. The campus also offers 4 residence halls which are Ackerman Hall, Murphy Hall and the interconnected Marian and Howard Halls. The university publishes an art magazine called WORDS while its yearbook is called The TRISKELE. Thomas More athletic teams, who are nicknamed Saints, compete in the NCAA’s Division III as members of the American Collegiate Athletic Association.

    The university offers 42 academic programs. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Thomas More is a member in Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.

    Thomas More School Facts

    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic

  • Union College- Kentucky

    Barbourville, Kentucky

    Union College- Kentucky in Barbourville, Kentucky
    • 1,088 Total Students
    • 69% Acceptance Rate
    • 23% Enrollment Rate
    • 12 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,337 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    Union is a private four year higher education institute that was founded in the year 1879. It was over the years the college developed its campuses but without any major progress in its curriculum and programs. It was in the year 1932 that the college awarded its first Bachelor of Science degree. In year 1960 the college introduced its first graduate degree program.

    Union College is affiliated with United Methodist Church and is based in Barbourville, Kentucky. With its liberal arts programs, the college encourages critical thinking and improves perspectives through experiential learning and service to the people.

    The student life at the campus of Union is supported with healthy and resourceful opportunities. Extracurricular activities begin with more than 25 student run clubs and organisations from academic and religious to recreation and community service, which help students follow their interests and socialise with others on campus. Students also get involved at the campus by serving in the campus band, choir or theatre activities. There is also a Campus Center which is the engine of student activity offering game room, a cafe, ATM, fax and copying and many other facilities. The college also offers community engagement through its Service Learning program which formally trains students and engages them practically, serving as volunteer for local committees for community building. There is also the campus ministry committee which serves as the religious and spiritual center for students looking to improve their understanding. Some traditional campus events include Homecoming Week, Family Day, SpringFest and others. The campus athletic teams are member at NAIA and are called ‘Bulldogs’. The official campus colors are Orange and Black.

    Academic programs offered are undergraduate programs with 35 majors. Its notable facilities are Weeks-Townsend Memorial Library, Boatman Chapel-Fine Arts Building, Pfeiffer Hall, Mahlon Miller Science Center, Speed Hall, Myrtle Cole Minton Cafeteria and Francis Patridge Student Center, Turner Outdoor Center, Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing etc.

    Union School Facts

    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationUnited Methodist

    Famous Union Alumni

    • G. Lindsey Davis

      Social Advocacy & Service

      Bishop of the United Methodist Church

    • Derek Smith

      Professional Sports

      Soccer player; currently plays for Cincinnati Kings in the USL Premier Development League

    • Flem D. Sampson

      Politics & Law

      42nd Governor of Kentucky

    • Dr. Phillip Allen Sharp

      Science & Medicine

      Co-recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Medicine for work that altered scientists' understanding of the structure of genes

    • William A. Stanfill

      Politics & Law

      Member of the United States Senate from Kentucky


  • Western Kentucky University Seal

    Western Kentucky University

    Bowling Green, Kentucky

    Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • 20,063 Total Students
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • 38% Enrollment Rate
    • 18 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 8,957 Total Applicants
    • Yes Online Programs

    A present-day university and public institute, WKU began in 1906 when the legislation to establish teacher training institutes in the region was approved in the General Assembly. The classes, however, began in 1907. Further on the institute relocated, became a four-year education institute, went through a merger and added master’s degree programs to its curriculum.

    It was in 1966 when it transitioned into a university and got its present name. It is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky and keeping in line with its mission of educating its students, playing its part in the progress of societies, it also offers distance/online education.

    At Western Kentucky University, the campus life is composed of various activities; from working on academics to engaging with people around and off campus to learning leadership tasks. There is a Student Government Association where students get a platform to display their leadership skills while further learning the skills through participation in the Dynamic Leadership Institute or working in volunteer programs and events. These consist of St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn, Make a Difference Day and more. Furthermore, students get involved in the student-run organizations of which more than 350 are present or take part in Greek Life. The Campus Activities Board is another platform whereby students can learn event organization while also supporting campus life. For the students, the Downing Student Union serves as a common hangout place available with study spaces, recreational activities, or for having a bite. Students also take part in athletics, representing the university at the NCAA Division I; the teams are called ‘Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers’, the mascot is ‘Big Red’ and the colors are Red and White.

    The academic programs consist of undergraduate programs with 101 majors and 111 minors, nine Associate degree and 37 undergraduate certificate programs, and 104 graduate programs (degree and certificates). Its notable facilities/departments are Potter College of Arts & Letters, Gordon Ford College of Business, Ogden College of Science & Engineering, Augenstein Alumni Center and Welcome Center, Adams-Whitaker Student Publications Center, Wetherby Administration Building, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center and more.

    WKU School Facts

    • Years Estd.1906
    • NicknameHilltoppers and Lady Toppers
    • MascotBig Red
    • MottoThe Spirit makes the Master Life more life
    • ColorsRed and White
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous WKU Alumni

    • Michael G. Scales

      Education & Advocacy

      President of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary

    • Larry C. Renfro

      Business & Industry

      CEO of Optum and Executive Vice President at UnitedHealth Group

    • K.C. Armstrong

      Entertainment & Arts

      Former assistant producer of The Howard Stern Show

    • John Carpenter

      Entertainment & Arts

      Film director

    • Steve Gorman

      Entertainment & Arts

      Rock drummer, The Black Crowes

    • Edwin L. Norris

      Politics & Law

      Fifth governor of Montana

    • Terrence W. Wilcutt

      Science & Medicine

      Astronaut

    • Lowell H. Harrison

      Education & Advocacy

      Author, WKU university historian

    • Damon W. Cooper

      Social Advocacy & Service

      U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and the first Chief of U.S. Naval Reserve



All Top Colleges in Kentucky

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    Alice Lloyd College

    Pippa Passes, Kentucky

    Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky
    • 616 Total Students
    • 35% Acceptance Rate
    • 11% Enrollment Rate
    • 17 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 4,811 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Starting as the Caney Junior College in 1923 in Kentucky, ALC was founded by Alice Lloyd and June Buchanan. The story began when Lloyd, publisher and editor of The Cambridge Press, an all female publication, came to Kentucky to find very few educational opportunities. She was invited to Pippa Passes by a local to teach the children there. Seeing the children’s determination to learn and Lloyd’s mission to improve educational, healthcare and other opportunities in the region, she was soon joined by June Buchanan, a native of New York City. Thus the foundation for the college was laid. With its each successor, the institute made remarkable improvements seen to this day.

    Presently based in Pippa Passes, Kentucky, Alice Lloyd College is a private Liberal Arts work college. Being a work college making it mandatory for every student to work regardless of situation or need, shows the determination of its founders and deep rooted Christian traditions. The college to this day, instates Alice Lloyd’s motto, “The leaders are here” in both learning and practice.

    With its work –study programs conducted under its Leadership Education Program, ALC graduates carry very low debt upon their graduation, an average of $ 6,500, which is way below the national or state average. Both on and off campus jobs are allowed. There are other unique features which make the college stand out from others. Students who are from 108 counties in Central Appalachia are given the benefit of paying zero tuition fees which is then covered through Appalachian Leaders College Scholarship. Besides the rigorous academic routine, the college also offers sports for both men and women. Its teams play as ‘Eagles’, with colors Blue and White and participate in the River States Conference (RSC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

    Providing quality education, its academic programs are Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science, both, Teaching and Non-Teaching, under five study departments. The college also offers Pre Professional Programs in eight disciplines. Its prominent facility is the McGaw Library and Learning Center; McGaw library contains the Appalachian Oral History Project and Photographic Archives.

    ALC School Facts

    • Years Estd.1923
    • MascotEagles
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous ALC Alumni

    • Carl D. Perkins

      Politics & Law

      Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives

    • Dr. Grady Stumbo

      Politics & Law

      Served formerly as the head of the Kentucky Democratic Party


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    Berea College

    Berea, Kentucky

    Berea College in Berea, Kentucky
    • 1,643 Total Students
    • 37% Acceptance Rate
    • 72% Enrollment Rate
    • 10 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,635 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Berea started very small, only as a single room school founded by Rev. John G. Fee in 1855. Fee was not only a scholar but also an advocate for equality and access to education irrespective of either gender or race. He found appreciation for his work and dedication in Cassius M. Clay. With the help of Clay who offered him residence, Fee not only established an anti slavery church but also set up this school. Gradually, Fee worked with other community leaders, drafted a constitution for the school raised funds even during Civil War and with many struggles, eventually saw through it.

    It has transitioned into a Liberal arts College today based in Madison County, Kentucky. Since its start to this day, the college has tried not only to stand apart among educational institutes but also contribute towards the community it thrives in. It became the first coeducational as well as interracial institute in the South and while also continuing its tradition of not charging its students for any tuition fee. The college also stays committed to hiring every student who has studies at the college.

    The campus life at Berea College is about creativity and community. Students find themselves exploring their creativity in studios. There are four studios present on campus and the students take part in the college crafts. There is woodcraft studio, weaving studio, broomcraft studio and ceramics studio. For the college this also serves as the opportunity to involve students in community outreach by engaging in community crafts. There are programs that teach Appalachian traditional arts and then exhibit the works of its students in various local exhibitions. Besides these extracurricular programs, the college also organizes various events to bring fun and social interaction for its students. It holds film festivals, art exhibitions, spiritual events, computer and technology related career fairs and many others. There are university athletic teams ‘ Mountaineers’ that participate at the NCAA Division III. The campus colors are Blue and White.

    Berea offers undergraduate programs to its students. It offers Bachelors degree programs with 32 major choices. There are also 15 teacher education programs. Its notable centers and facilities are The Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education and Hutchins Library.

    Berea School Facts

    • Years Estd.1855
    • NicknameMountaineers
    • MottoGod has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.
    • ColorsBlue and White
    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

    Famous Berea Alumni

    • John Fenn

      Science & Medicine

      Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2002

    • Jack Roush

      Professional Sports

      Founder, CEO, and owner of the NASCAR team - Roush Fenway Racing

    • John "Bam" Carney

      Education & Advocacy

      Educator; also a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from Campbellsville

    • Juanita M. Kreps

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Secretary of Commerce under the tenure of President Jimmy Carter

    • Jeffrey Reddick

      Entertainment & Arts

      American screenwriter, best known for the series 'Final Destination'

    • Finley Hamilton

      Politics & Law

      United States Representative from Kentucky


  • Brown Mackie College

    Louisville, Kentucky

    • 795 Total Students
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • No Online Programs

    A Private institute, Brown Mackie College is a college system which was founded in 1892, beginning in Salina, Kansas. It originally began as Kansas Wesleyan School of Business but was later incorporated in 1938 and the first time adopted the names of its two former instructors, Perry E. Brown and A.B. Mackie, who formerly served at the campus. The college faced change in its leadership over the years and eventually, it was in 2003 that it was taken over by Education Management Corporation (EDMC) and took on its present name.

    Presently the college has expanded into more than 25 different campuses located across 15 states in United States. With its presence throughout the country, the college shows its dedication towards outreach and serving the regional communities at large and individuals with their choice to be better trained in their careers of deciding for a new path to build on.

    Throughout all of its campuses, the college has remained unchanged in providing the same campus life for all of its students. Every campus is equipped with every technological resource its students need such as the tablet technology. With a pilot program in 2012, the college launched the use of iPads and e textbooks, these technological resources soon became part of the university. The university also provided training for its students and faculty by Apple Inc., teaching the use of the technology better. Also, the college, most importantly involves its students in taking their experiences outside the walls of the classroom. The students take part in community building opportunities by dedicating their spare time volunteering for different causes and organisations. Additionally, the college has its athletic teams which participate under the name of ‘Lions’ and take part in NJCAA.

    There are seven different areas of study under which the college offers Certificate level programs, Associate programs and Bachelors Degree programs. These include business, nursing, healthcare, veterinary, construction trades and two others.

    Brown Mackie School Facts

    • LocationKentucky
    • Religious AffiliationNot applicable

  • Centre College Seal

    Centre College

    Danville, Kentucky

    Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
    • 1,367 Total Students
    • 71% Acceptance Rate
    • 19% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 2,716 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Centre is a private, independent liberal arts college that was founded by the Presbyterian leaders as Kentucky Academy, in 1795. The institute originated from the vision of these church leaders to produce the educated church clergymen and who had been planning such an institute since 1780 when they set aside the land. It was by 1819 that this institute was officially chartered by the Kentucky Legislature at the insistence of its leaders.

    Centre College is based in Danville, Kentucky and with its liberal arts education, aims to strengthen the mind, body and spirit of its students to better meet its challenges. At the college, students are trained for critical reasoning, given sound moral values and developed leadership skills.

    The life at Centre is a combination of academics and practical engagement with one another. Students get around the campus by involvement in the around 100 student led clubs, societies and organizations which are academic, social, political, recreational in nature and more. There is active Greek Life as well. There is Student Council and Student Government Association which not only works for promoting student social life by arranging events and activities but are also a great opportunity for developing leadership skills. There are around 2000 events held both on campus and off campus for the students, including comedians, movies, concerts or others. Some traditional events include Homecoming and Family Weekend. Community service is also active through Bonner Program where students work against poverty and lack of education for the underprivileged or work with community partners such as Wilderness Trace Child Development Center, Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation and others such. There is religious life where students can connect to their faiths; there are campus ministries or religious groups and associations. The students take part in athletics at NCAA Division III and the campus colors are White and Gold.

    Academic programs at Centre consist of undergraduate degrees with 26 majors and 34 minors. There are also options to earn degrees with partner universities. The prominent buildings and facilities at the campus are Grace Doherty Library, Old Carnegie, Craik House, Pearl Hall and Breckenridge Hall.

    Centre School Facts

    • Years Estd.January 21, 1819
    • MascotColonels
    • MottoDoctrina Lux Mentis (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.Learning is the Light of the Mind
    • ColorsGold and White
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsSouthern Athletic AssociationNCAA Division III
    • Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)

    Famous Centre Alumni

    • John Christian Bullitt

      Politics & Law

      Attorney in Philadelphia and drafted the charter of Philadelphia; also founded the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath

    • John C. Breckinridge

      Politics & Law

      Vice President of U.S. under James Buchanan

    • John T. Stuart

      Politics & Law

      U.S. Congressman; also a lawyer and law partner of Abraham Lincoln

    • Kent Barnett

      Education & Advocacy

      Associate Professor of Law at University of Georgia School of Law

    • Raymond Burse

      Business & Industry

      General Counsel for General Electric; also former president of Kentucky State University and Rhodes Scholar

    • Isaac Tigrett

      Business & Industry

      Founded Hard Rock Cafe and the House of Blues

    • Stephen Rolfe Powell

      Entertainment & Arts

      Internationally acclaimed glass blower and art professor

    • Claude Matthews

      Politics & Law

      23rd governor of Indiana

    • Lou Smyth

      Professional Sports

      Three-time NFL champion with the Canton Bulldogs


  • Transylvania University Seal

    Transylvania University

    Lexington, Kentucky

    Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky
    • 1,053 Total Students
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • 22% Enrollment Rate
    • 11 to 1 Student to Faculty Ratio
    • 1,538 Total Applicants
    • No Online Programs

    Transylvania University is a private higher education institute located in Lexington, Kentucky. The university was established in 1780 by the Virginia Assembly under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson under the name of Transylvania Seminary. The seminary operated in a log cabin in Boyle County. In 1799, the name of the institute was changed to Transylvania University which was sponsored by the Christ Episcopal Church. In 1789, the university was relocated to Lexington in a building that is currently the location of the historic Gratz Park. In 1818, the university established a new building that was destroyed by fire eleven years later. After the building was destroyed, the university moved to its current location. In 1865, the university expanded by the merge of Bacon College. After the Civil War, Kentucky and Transylvania Universities merged which was motivated by financial difficulties facing both. The new institute used Transylvania’s campus in Lexington. Transylvania seminary eventually separated as an independent institute located within Kentucky University campus till 1950. In 1903, the seminary merged with Hamilton College into Kentucky University. In 1908, the name of the institute was changed to Transylvania University to avoid confusion with the University of Kentucky. The university is currently sponsored by the Disciples of Christ.

    The university campus covers 48 acres with 24 buildings. Prominent buildings on campus include Old Morrison which is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The building was damaged by fire in 1969 but it was renovated and reopened two years later. Other important buildings on campus include the Carpenter Academic Center, the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, the Cowgill Center and the William T. Young Campus Center.  The university athletic teams, who are nicknamed Pioneers, compete in NCAA Division III  as members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

    The university is divided into 4 divisions offering academic programs in 38 majors and 37 minors. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Transylvania School Facts

    • Years Estd.1780
    • NicknamePioneers
    • MascotPioneers
    • MottoIn Lumine Illo Tradimus Lumen (Latin)
    • Motto Eng.In That Light, We Pass On The Light
    • ColorsCrimson
    • LocationKentucky
    • AthleticsNCAA Division III – HCAC, OAC
    • Religious AffiliationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Famous Transylvania Alumni

    • Landaff Andrews

      Politics & Law

      United States Representative from Kentucky

    • Stephen F. Austin

      Politics & Law

      founder of Texas

    • Cy Barger

      Professional Sports

      major league baseball player

    • Levi Boone

      Politics & Law

      former mayor of Chicago

    • James Speed

      Politics & Law

      Attorney General under Abraham Lincoln


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