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Our Region
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Cincinnati Skyline at Night

NKU sits in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan region with a dynamic, growing economy.

Just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, the campus is 20 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and is accessible from four major highways.

Recently, Cincinnati was named one of the best cities in America for new college graduates. With a high quality of life and low cost of living, it is easy to see why the region is rich in culture and recreation. Greater Cincinnati, with a population just over 2.1 million, offers professional ballet, opera, orchestra, dance and choral music to go along with Broadway theatre, premium concerts and world-class museums.

Cincinnati boasts an award-winning urban zoo, a 364-acre amusement park and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. For sports fans, the city offers the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals as well as professional hockey, soccer, horseracing, NASCAR and minor league baseball.

Greater Cincinnati is also among the nation’s leading business centers as headquarters to 10 Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies. Based within easy reach of campus are the headquarters of Procter & Gamble, the Kroger Company, Macy’s Department Stores, American Financial Corporation, Western-Southern Insurance, Fifth-Third Bank, The E.W. Scripps Company and GE Aircraft Engines.

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This concentration of large corporations has also spawned a large and growing new-business start-up ecosystem. Thanks to its strength as a hub for consumer marketing, it’s also home to global research companies including Nielsen and 84.51. NKU’s home region also figures prominently in the production of building materials, automobiles, chemicals, clothing, cosmetics, electronic equipment, jet engines and valves.

The region is home to nationally ranked public schools on both sides of the Ohio River and offers multiple private school options. Our location provides a variety of communities or neighborhoods from rural farmland to revitalized urban-core living all within a 20-mile radius. 

It’s no surprise that many of our students say our location and this very region drew them to our campus nestled in the rolling hills of Highland Heights. NKU provides a peaceful and quiet community with a remarkably clean and walkable campus. Last year, our city was named as one of the top 30 safest college towns in America.

We're a university that cherishes its small-community feel while celebrating its big-city access. We’ve got the best of both worlds here at NKU.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear what others have to say about the great things happening within our region: