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Academics

Kentucky State University is a Historically Black College with a rich tradition. It’s also the smallest of Kentucky’s public universities. “Small classes” in “a wide variety” of courses abound here. Tuition is reasonable as well. “KSU offers low-cost education to individuals who may not have had any other opportunity to receive it,” explains a senior. In a nutshell, adds a first-year student, KSU is about “educating the African American community and not breaking your pockets.” Students praise the nursing program and the music program. “The honors program is great.” True to its roots as a land grant institution, KSU also offers a number of programs in food and agricultural sciences. Other academic highlights include the FRIENDS program, which provides assistance for older students and the ACE program, “where students can go and get student tutors.” The “really helpful” professors here “want students to succeed.” “They love their job and will do anything they can to help.” “I love my ongoing, open relationships with my professors and the one-on-one attention,” adds an elementary education major. The administration is definitely another story. Things are “slowly improving,” but “There is close to no communication (it seems) between departments.” Some staff members treat students “like numbers,” and “The registration process is horrible.”

Student Body

Kentucky State is home to “a variety of students.” You’ll find the occasional “rude” student here but, for the most part, “Everyone is friendly” and “outgoing.” “Most students are African Americans” “simply because this school is a Historically Black College.” (White students make up roughly a quarter of the population.) There are also “foreign exchange students,” and there is “a large population of nontraditional and commuting students.” “There are definitely cliques” on campus but students “mingle and mix well.” A large number of students choose KSU “out of convenience and cost” and because “It’s close to home.” “We are just trying to make ourselves, our family, and our community proud,” says one student.

Campus Life

On KSU’s “small” campus, students are “very involved” in a broad range of activities, from sports, to drama, to choir and band (the Marching Thorobred Band is reportedly fantastic). “Life in general is fun, and in order to be part of the fun you have to include yourself, and take the opportunity when people make the effort to include you,” counsels a senior. There are “occasionally” parties sponsored by “sororities and fraternities.” Other student organizations host a good number of events as well. Off campus, though, “There is not much to do.” “The city of Frankfort is very small and does not have much to offer” besides a Wal-Mart. A large contingent of students leaves on the weekends, particularly the ones who are “used to larger cities.” Students seeking more in the way of nightlife often head to nearby Lexington, which is a mere 15 minutes away and offers a number of restaurants, bars, and other entertainment options. The closest big city is Louisville, about an hour away.

Overview

Applicants
2,078
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
2.80

GPA Breakdown

7%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
35%
2.50 - 2.99
29%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
418 - 500
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 510
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
16 - 21

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Regular — July 31


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
130
with Terminal Degree
77

67
Men
63
Women
52
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agriculture, General.
  • Aquaculture.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism, Other.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Terminal Associate
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Anna Mac Clarke
’41, Member of Women’s Army Corps during WWII; 1st African American officer

Patricia Russell-McCloud
'68, Phenomial speaker, professional orator, author

Ersa Hines Poston
’42, appointed by Pres. Carter & confirmed by the Senate; 1st Black to hold

Moneta Sleet, Jr.
’47, Photographer; became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Pr

Whitney M. Young, Jr.
’41, Civil rights, Executive Director of the National Urban League from 196

Justice Tommie Colbert, SR.
'99, OK Supreme Court Justice

Travis Grant
'72, NCAA Basketball Hall of Fame Recipient

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,348

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,162

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,085

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,553

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,640

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,406
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,314
Required Fees
$390
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$650

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,982

On-Campus Room and Board
$6,690
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,757
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

1.11%
Asian
62.79%
African-American
2.67%
Hispanic
23.72%
Caucasian
4.82%
Unknown

60% female
40% male
31% are out of state
64% are full time
36% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
TBD

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Thorobreds)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Thorobrettes)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: KSU is an HBCU institution, with large number of minority students.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Kentucky

Sustainability

75/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, and HP.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Racquel Johnson
Admissions Counselor

Address
400 East Main Street
suite 312
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone
502-597-6106

Email
Racquel.johnson@kysu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Jackson Hall
Carl Hill Student Center
William Exum Building
Whitney Young Residence Hall
Hume Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kentucky State Capitol
Kentucky Governor's Mansion
Capital City museum
Kentucky Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
Daniel Boone's Grave @ Frankfort Cemeter

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday thru Friday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:0
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@kysu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Capital City Airport, Blue Grass Airport, Louisville International Airport, Capital City Cab, Blue Grass Cab, Frankfort Transit.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling from the east: (From Lexington, Kentucky) Take I-64 West to exit 58 (Frankfort/Versailles). Turn right off the exit ramp onto Versailles Road (U.S. 60) and continue about 1 mile. Turn left at the second traffic light onto the East-West Connector (KY 676) and continue about 2 to 3 miles. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and move to the left lane. Our campus is straight through the traffic light. Traveling from the west: (From Louisville, Shelbyville, Indianapolis) Take I-64 East to exit 53B (Lawrenceburg/Frankfort). Turn right off the exit ramp onto U.S. 127 North. Proceed down to the righthand lane and turn right onto KY 676. Turn left at the third light, which is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Stay in the left lane and keep straight through the traffic light. Traveling from the north: (From Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit) Take I-75 South to Lexington. Take I-64 West to exit 58 (Frankfort/Versailles). Turn right off the exit ramp onto Versailles Road (U.S. 60) and continue about 1 mile. Turn left at the second traffic light onto the East-West Connector (KY 676) and continue about 2 to 3 miles. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and move to the left lane. Our campus is straight through the traffic light. Traveling from the south: (From Knoxville, Chattanooga) Take I-75 North to Lexington. Take I-64 West to exit 58 (Frankfort/Versailles). Turn right off the exit ramp onto Versailles Road (U.S. 60) and continue about 1 mile. Turn left at the second traffic light onto the East-West Connector (KY 676) and continue about 2 to 3 miles. Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and move to the left lane. Our campus is straight through the traffic light.

Local Accommodations
Best Western Parkside Inn U.S. 60 and I-64 Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 695-6111 Bluegrass Inn 635 Versailles Road, U.S. 60 Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 695-1800 or (800) 322-1802 Hampton Inn 1310 U.S. 127 South Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 223-7600 or (800) HAMPTON Holiday Inn-Capital Plaza 405 Wilkinson Blvd Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 227-5100 or (800) HOLIDAY University Lodge 711 East Main Street Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 223-2041 or (800) 251-1962 Super 8 Motel 1225 U.S. 127 South Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 875-3220 or (800) 800-8000


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