Where to Start Looking to Find Kentucky Colleges
Families looking for Kentucky colleges should start at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). It has the general features of a state sponsored college planning website including planning timelines starting for seventh grade. It provides a basic overview of admission options and commonly used criteria and requirements. Users can sign up for monthly newsletters which are archived on the website. There is also a link to KHEAA Kentucky College Access for your smart phone.
The website offers a basic college search tool for Kentucky schools only. If you create an account, you can save school information for comparisons. It includes information on Kentucky College Application week and a link to KYTranscript.org where users can request their high school transcript to be sent to colleges. Users can find out information on state specific financial aid programs such as the College Access Program Grant and the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship. There is also a collection of videos on planning and paying for college.
Students planning on starting out at a community college should visit the KnowHow2GoKY website. The website provides information on which courses transfer from community colleges to public four-year institutions. It also links to transfer information at the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 27 four-year Kentucky colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 22 percent of students attend one of the 19 private colleges while 78 percent of students attend one of the eight state institutions.
The private colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 33.2% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 39.1%. Six schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
College-bound seniors in Kentucky had an average of 19.9 ACT Composite score with a 19.4 for English and 19.4 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 23, 24 for English, and 23 for Math. A total of 22 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top 20 colleges ACT test takers in Kentucky applied to:
- University of Kentucky
- University of Louisville
- Western Kentucky University
- Eastern Kentucky University
- Morehead State University
- Murray State University
- Northern Kentucky University
- Bellarmine University
- Bluegrass Community & Technical College
- Campbellsville University
- University of Cincinnati
- Berea College
- Somerset Community College
- Georgetown College
- University of Pikeville
- Maysville Comm & Tech Coll-Morehead
- Lindsey Wilson College
- Kentucky State University
- Elizabethtown Comm and Tech College
- Transylvania University
Kentucky Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Kentucky Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Kentucky Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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|4/5 Yr |
|SAT CR |
|Alice Lloyd College||Private||606||21||45||500||540||24||11036|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Public||10969||33||60||560||550||24||11383|
|Kentucky State University||Public||1813||15||38||450||448||20||11635|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||Private||621||25||67||540||555||25||15773|
|Lindsey Wilson College||Private||2101||15||15442|
|Morehead State University||Public||6209||39||84||545||570||25||10119|
|Murray State University||Public||7153||48||82||520||540||25||9765|
|Northern Kentucky University||Public||9736||31||47||560||550||25||9044|
|Saint Catharine College||Private||570||18||18589|
|Thomas More College||Private||1140||42||88||520||560||25||19317|
|University of Kentucky||Public||19884||55||69||610||630||28||14839|
|University of Louisville||Public||12426||47||71||580||610||28||13875|
|University of Pikeville||Private||1282||16||100||500||510||22||15221|
|University of the Cumberlands||Private||1514||24||71||520||530||25||17097|
|Western Kentucky University||Public||13382||45||92||580||570||25||10597|