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NKU is a test-optional institution and does not require test scores for those 21 years of age or older. However, those who do not have any prior college courses are highly encouraged to take placement tests to determine the best starting courses.

Schedule your placement tests in English, math, and reading.


If you are transferring in any credit from another institution, you must meet these requirements:                                                             

  • Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and must be eligible to return to the regionally accredited institution they most recently attended to be considered for admission to NKU. In other words, students whose GPA is less than 2.0 and/or who have been suspended may not be accepted. For details, review our transfer policies
  • Students transferring fewer than 24 credit hours or 36 quarter hours of coursework (excluding developmental or remedial coursework as determined by NKU) must also meet the university's current freshman admission standards.
  • During the application process, you will select one of NKU's 80+ academic majors. Please be aware that certain majors offered at NKU belong to selective programs that have additional requirements for admission.


  1. Complete the online application and when prompted, make sure to list all colleges ever attended.     
  2. Pay the non-refundable $40 application fee after submitting your application.
  3. Submit official college transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. You can submit electronically to or via mail to:

Northern Kentucky University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
AC 400, Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099 

  • If you have fewer than 24 credit hours or 36 quarter hours of transferrable credit, you must also submit an official high school transcript or GED scores, and your official ACT, SAT, or COMPASS test scores.
  • Note: Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and and meet NKU's standards and deadlines to be considered for admission.