Admission Process

Your Road Map to College

The mission of the Office of Admissions is to create clear pathways for undergraduate students to inquire, apply, and enroll at NKU.  Choosing a college can be a difficult process.  The staff in the Office of Admissions is here to assist you and make this transition as smooth as possible for you.  NKU is a dynamic university with outstanding academic programs and faculty.  We offer an up close and personal education that uniquely prepares our students for the future.

Junior Year Calendar

Fall of your Junior Year

  • Take challenging courses in high school.  Colleges want to see students challenge themselves with honors and advanced course work

  • Get involved - Most scholarship applications will inquiry about your community service and extracurricular experiences

Spring of your Junior Year

  • Make a list of schools your interested in, go online and check out their websites, request they send you information about their college or university 

  • Prepare questions to ask admissions counselors at college fairs

  • Earn college credit during your senior by being an Early Enrollment student at NKU

Summer of your Junior Year

  • Use the summer before your senior year to visit several college campuses

Senior Year Calendar


  • Plan to enroll in high school courses your senior year that meet Kentucky’s Pre-College Curriculum
  • Register to take the ACT or SAT.  If you'd like for your test scores to be sent to NKU, our ACT code is 1566; the SAT code is 1574


  • Enroll in an ACT and/or SAT test preparation course (online quizzes available at )
  • Begin a dialogue with your family about choosing a college - everything from cost to size, location to academic standards
  • Prepare questions to ask your NKU admissions counselor when they visit your high school or at a college fair


  • Visit several college campuses
  • Begin researching scholarship opportunities


  • Begin submitting college applications.  Apply to NKU online keep track of deadlines
  • Utilize NKU's Net Price Calculator to begin to understand how to afford your college education


  • Complete your admission application
  • Consider re-taking the ACT and/or SAT to improve your scores
  • Use winter break to search free Internet sites for independently funded scholarships, sites like


  • NKU SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – to be eligible for scholarship consideration you must have a completed admission application by January 15. For your application to be considered complete you must:
    • Submit your application for admission
    • Pay your $40 application fee
    • Submit ACT/SAT test scores
    • Have your school submit official high school transcripts
  • File your income taxes, as you will need them to finalize the FAFSA. NKU's institutional code is 009275


  • Register for a PIN number at, which will allow you to sign your FAFSA electronically
  • Finish the FAFSA, remember, financial aid is offered on a first come, first need basis, February 1 is the Financial Aid Priority Deadline!
  • If you have not already done so, apply for admissionFebruary 15 is the Assured Consideration Deadline.  Students applying after this deadline run the risk of not being admitted if NKU reaches capacity for new freshmen or transfer students


  • Watch your virtual mailbox! We start sending out reminders and invitations to events like Accepted Student Nights and New Student Orientation
  • March 15 is the Honors program application deadline


  • Make any last visits to the schools you have been admitted to and make your final decision
  • Consider housing options and submit housing applications
  • Confirm Your Enrollment. To reserve your place at NKU, please confirm your intent to enroll and pay the $75 confirmation fee by May 1 
  • Once you have confirmed your intent to enroll, schedule your Northern Exposure: Registration and Orientation dates



  • Have your final high school transcripts sent to NKU
  • Work and save to build your college spending account
  • Attend Northern Exposure: Registration


  • Start packing for college!


  • Attend Northern Exposure: Orientation, August 13-15

Annual Security Reports

In accordance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security (Clery) Act of 1990 and the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Campus Security (Michael Minger) Act of 2000, NKU provides information relating to crime statistics to prospective students, matriculated students, and employees.

View Annual Campus Safety & Security Reports