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By Brent Donaldson
NKU Marketing + Communications

Beyond the icy snow and within the warmth of new classrooms and offices on a rapidly growing campus, the fates were smiling on NKU back in 1978.

Besides being the year that Van Halen debuted their first, self-titled album, 1978 marked 10 years since the University’s founding as Northern Kentucky State College. At that time, more than a fourth of NKU students were older than 25—a statistic that inspired the university to open its first program to assist non-traditional students. Dubbed the Re-Entry Center, the program was an important priority for a university whose slogan at the time was, “We’re Not Your Traditional College.”

1978 also brought NKU a federal loan to build its first on-campus student housing. Though the groundbreaking was long delayed, the loan marked the University’s fast evolution as an institution ready to cater to students outside of the region.

Finally, 1978 saw perhaps the most important development to date: full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This meant that students from other universities could transfer their credits to NKU (and vice versa), and made it possible for students to apply for federal and state grants and loans.