Top 2020 Colleges in Kentucky

Kentucky's 48 Colleges and Universities


Colleges in Kentucky are mainly private four year institutions, technical colleges, and community colleges. The largest state college is University of Kentucky which is located in Louisville - "The Horse Capital of the World". Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Bluegrass state:


  • Kentucky is home to 27 four year schools. Most of them are private not-for-profit colleges with associate's and bachelor's programs.
  • There are 21 two year or less colleges. 16 of them are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years, Kansas colleges have seen a small 0.10% increase in students. In 2017, 258,498 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, there were 47,968 degrees awarded for the 2016-2017 school year. Thus, 50% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.


Salary Breakdown

College Scorecard tells us alums from the University of Kentucky earn the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum from earns $66,000. Meanwhile, the 2017 mean annual wage in Kansas is $43,210. You do the math!


Kentucky Tuition Program


Kentucky is a member of the SREB's Academic Common Market. This program is a tuition savings plan offered when a desired degree is not offered by an in-state college. Students can enroll in an out-of-state college that offer their degree program. Students pay for in state tuition rates at any participating state. Other participating states are Arkansas and Alabama.

Kentucky offers an in-state tuition program to cover college costs. For instance, the KY Saves 529 is the state's tuition saving's program or 529 plan. It is an investment account to encourage saving for your future education. The 529's tax benefits have tax-free withdrawals and tax deferred growth. Also, the plan covers the following school expenses: tuition, fees, computers, books, room and board.

Top Colleges in Kentucky


Top Kentucky colleges were ranked by total student population.


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Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights KY
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All Colleges in Kentucky

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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