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43 Colleges
6,442 Yearly Graduations
$52,003 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,540 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly nursing graduations, Kentucky is ranked #20 in the country with 6,442 degrees handed out in 2021. Kentucky colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,001 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $19,538 per year.

An estimated 48% of college students in Kentucky take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,885 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Frontier Nursing University

Hyden, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
913 Yearly Degrees

The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
887 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Galen College of Nursing - Louisville is 2,986, of which 2,848 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,755 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 89% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,973 a year. Galen College of Nursing - Louisville has a 7.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Galen College of Nursing - Louisville is $48,295.

#3

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
870 Yearly Degrees
$10,392 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,507 undergraduates at NKU, of which 8,024 are full-time, and there are 16,211 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NKU is 4.6 years.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,052 a year. NKU has a 7.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from NKU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,625 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
347 Yearly Degrees
$10,992 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 15,286 undergraduates at WKU, of which 11,749 are full-time, and there are 17,517 students altogether. It takes the average WKU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

54% of WKU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,946 a year. WKU has a 6.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WKU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,301 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
339 Yearly Degrees
$12,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Kentucky is 29,986, of which 22,227 students are undergraduates and of those, 20,239 are full-time. UK has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $9,087 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UK with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,231 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
334 Yearly Degrees
$12,370 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Louisville is 22,211, of which 15,927 students are undergraduates and of those, 11,598 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UofL is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 45% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,402 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UofL with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,653 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
312 Yearly Degrees
$9,752 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,070 undergraduates at Eastern, of which 9,572 are full-time, and there are 14,465 students altogether. It takes the average Eastern undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 59% of students at Eastern take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,188 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,723 during the early-career years.

#8

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
185 Yearly Degrees
$44,620 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,484 undergraduates at Bellarmine U, of which 2,369 are full-time, and there are 3,293 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 82%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 67% are women.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,017 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Bellarmine U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,265 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
174 Yearly Degrees
$26,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,596 students at Spalding in total, 855 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 707 are full-time. For undergraduates at Spalding, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Spalding take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,591 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,884 during the early-career years.

#10

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
149 Yearly Degrees
$9,252 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,863 undergraduates at Murray State, of which 6,149 are full-time, and there are 9,449 students altogether. For undergraduates at Murray State, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at Murray State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,706 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,889 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Beckfield College - Florence

Florence, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
139 Yearly Degrees
$13,295 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Beckfield College - Florence is 748, which includes 357 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Of the accepted students, 4% are men and 96% are women.

Roughly 68% of students at Beckfield College - Florence take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,683 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,711 during the early-career years.

#12

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
127 Yearly Degrees
$9,462 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Morehead State University is 9,304, of which 8,618 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,299 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

58% of Morehead State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,034 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Morehead State University is $32,395.

#13

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
112 Yearly Degrees
$13,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,165 students at Sullivan University in total, 2,625 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,639 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

79% of Sullivan University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $14,768 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sullivan University is $29,692.

#14

Galen College of Nursing - ARH

Hazard, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
111 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Galen College of Nursing - ARH is 509, which includes 348 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 86% of students at Galen College of Nursing - ARH take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,273 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $48,295 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
105 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,221 full-time undergraduates at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and 10,180 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,398 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,540 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
100 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,151 full-time undergraduates at Gateway, and 4,299 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

17% of Gateway students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,941 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gateway is $27,101.

#17

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
93 Yearly Degrees
$9,875 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,110 students at Cumberlands in total, 4,511 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,312 are full-time. It takes the average Cumberlands undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,830 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Cumberlands with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,995 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
86 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Jefferson Community and Technical College is 12,196, which includes 3,131 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,152 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,083 during the early-career years.

#19

ATA College

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
82 Yearly Degrees
$13,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at ATA College is 298, which includes 298 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 90% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,932 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,647 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
80 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is 4,893, which includes 1,762 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,358 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,938 during the early-career years.

#21

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
77 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Somerset Community College is 4,837, which includes 2,048 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,506 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,649 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Midway University

Midway, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
65 Yearly Degrees
$24,850 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Midway University is 1,381, of which 1,164 students are undergraduates and of those, 934 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 73%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 76% of students at Midway take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,170 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Midway with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,779 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
59 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,104 students at Madisonville Community College in total, 1,019 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,688 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Madisonville Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,495 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
55 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,076 students at Hopkinsville Community College in total, 748 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

7% of Hopkinsville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,740 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hopkinsville Community College is $28,372.

#25

University of Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
53 Yearly Degrees
$22,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,240 students at UPIKE in total, 1,348 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,051 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UPIKE is 4.4 years.

Roughly 98% of students at UPIKE take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,710 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.5% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UPIKE with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,538 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Kentucky Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
27 Ashland Community and Technical College 52
28 Henderson Community College 44
29 Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College 43
29 Hazard Community and Technical College 43
31 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College 38
32 Union College Kentucky 37
33 Maysville Community and Technical College 36
33 Kentucky Christian University 36
35 American National University - Lexington 33
35 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College 33
37 Lindsey Wilson College 28
37 Thomas More University 28
39 Owensboro Community and Technical College 27
40 Big Sandy Community and Technical College 25
41 Kentucky State University 24
42 Berea College 8
43 Daymar College - Bowling Green 0

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