Colleges in Kentucky

Colleges in Kentucky

Known as the “Bluegrass State” for its fertile soil, Kentucky is in the south-central region of the US and has four distinct seasons. Colleges in Kentucky are largely private institutions, with 14 boasting a liberal arts curriculum. There are also three law schools and an extensive community and technical college system. The largest college in the state is the University of Kentucky, which is located in Lexington, otherwise known as “The Horse Capital of the World.” The real capital of Kansas is Frankfort, though, for the record. Kentucky is home to more than KFC and Louisville Sluggers, it’s also home to many automotive manufacturing plants, as well as primary metal-related facilities. The Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky Derby, and Daniel Boone National Park are popular attractions.
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University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education,...

“…my school, although huge, makes you feel like your at a small school with professors who actually care for your academics; my school works very hard to make sure that we the students are getting the help we need no matter what subject in school or...” – Anujin from Elk Grove Village, IL

University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a member of the Kentucky State University system and the first city-owned public university in the US. Louisville features three campuses hosting 12 colleges and schools and the university’s Health Sciences Center is...

“…the university of louisville is an outstanding education facility. the teachers are some of the best in the state and offer personal one-on-one assistance to their students. the university strives to excel in technological advancement as well as...” – Samuel from Lexington, KY

Western Kentucky University

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade...

“…Beautiful Campus. Small university with a great atmosphere. Like a family.” – Logan from Bowling Green, KY

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University is a 4-year public school with a main campus and four regional sites. EKU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic majors including the only Aviation program in the state. Additionally, Eastern Kentucky makes over 21...

“…Eastern Kentucky University provides students with an institution, that will allow them to excel in their chosen majors. The professors are helpful, friendly, and caring. There are also, many groups and clubs for any student's interests.” – Krichelle from Lexington, KY

Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public school in southwest Kentucky. Murray State is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 126 academic programs. For students interested in the performing arts, Murray State mounts an...

“…Murray State has a really positive environment full of friendly people. There are always many things to do, and all different kinds of opportunities. All students are proud to be Racers!” – Rachelle from Almo, KY

Transylvania University

Founded in 1780, Transylvania University is a liberal arts college in Lexington and the first university in the state of Kentucky. Transylvania confers bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic majors and all students are required to take First Year Seminar...

“…In love with the atmosphere. Professors are outstanding. Close-knit, fun, academically challenging and prestigious school.” – Kayla from Lexington, KY

Centre College

Founded by leaders of the Presbyterian Church, Centre College is a 4-year liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Centre confers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 fields of study and also allows students to create their own majors in consultation with...

“…an excellent schools with caring professors who push you to your complete work at your fullest potential. ” – Annastasia from Cynthiana, KY

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a public institution situated at the base of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Morehead, Kentucky. MSU has one of only five space science programs in the nation and offers all students a chance for undergraduate...

“…i am looking into morehead. since they have a campus relatively close to home and they charge in-state tuition for my area, they are by best choice right now after i get my associate's degree and will be moving on to a bachelor's degree in computer...” – Garyson from Stout, OH

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is a 4-year public university in the greater Cincinnati area. NKU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 70 academic fields of study. In addition to classroom facilities, the Northern Kentucky campus is home to a laser...

“…An Excellent University! Building up to become one of the leading schools in the area. Safe and Affordable.” – Beau from Cincinnati, OH

Berea College

Founded in 1855, Berea College is a liberal arts college in Kentucky and the first coed and interracial college in the south. Berea confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic majors and the college provides free tuition to all students through the...

“…Berea is that place full of so much academic rigor and it can be a little much. It is also that sigh of relief from high school. You've come to a place where people want to know your name and your story, and that just makes it so special.” – dreamlikecrazy93

Bellarmine University

Named for Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bellarmine University is a Catholic liberal arts college in Louisville. With a campus set amongst three hills in the Highlands region, Bellarmine grants undergrad degrees in 60 academic majors and encourages...

“…Bellarmine University is challenging but still fair. It creates an atmosphere of knowledge wealth. It is a school that few attend but many come out successful. ” – Patrick from Fort Knox, KY

University of the Cumberlands

The University of the Cumberlands is a private institution located in Williamsburg, Kentucky and associated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. UC operates a satellite campus for clinical rotations in Florence, Kentucky.  It is home to the Carl...

“…I really like this school. Even in an online setting, the professors make themselves available for students. The professors really want their students to succeed. ” – RaTicha from Houma, LA

Kentucky State University

Founded in 1866, Kentucky State University is a public institution situated in Frankfort, KY. The school offers a liberal arts education and is also a land-grant institution. Popular majors at KSU include human development, nursing, and criminal...

“…Kentucky State University has been good to me overall. The professors and advisors are great here. However, the institution is only as great and fun as you make it.” – Chrysencia from Columbus, OH

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University is a private institution affiliated with the Baptist Church. The CU campus is based in rural Kentucky and is home to the Clay Hill Memorial Forest which is used as an educational and research area for woodland studies....

“…campbellsville university has terrific iece professors that work with you and try their best to get you prepared for teaching. i also learn so much in their iece courses; which, i'm working and studying very hard to achieve this. this college i would...” – Casey from Monticello, KY

Georgetown College

Georgetown College is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in northern Kentucky and the first Baptist college in the region. Georgetown confers bachelor’s degrees in 45 academic majors and also features several programs of distinction such as...

“…Georgetown College is a small school with dedicated, intelligent professors. The students feel a sense of community with each other as well as with the staff and faculty. The entire campus works to build a great environment for learning both in class...” – Amberlee from Lexington, KY

Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, KY

With campus a short distance from the Merrimack River, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a Catholic liberal arts college in southeast New Hampshire. Thomas More College offers a single liberal arts-based curriculum for all students founded in...

“…It is very easy to get help from the teachers when you ask them questions. The atmoshphere makes me think of my high school which makes it easy to relax and concentrate. Everyone is very nice and is very helpful.” – Katherine from Covington, KY

Spalding University

Founded in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Spalding University is a 4-year institution in Louisville. Spalding grants bachelor’s degrees in 14 academic fields of study. All classes at Spalding follow a block schedule format where students...

“…spalding is small and friendly. the scheduling is great for anyone. the instructors are incredibl helpful.” – Carol from Louisville, KY

Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College is a private not-for-profit college based in the rural town of Columbia, Kentucky, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Lindsey Wilson established the R.V. Bennett Honors Program to provide more challenge for students...

“…a well diverse college. it has many students from all over, with a great foreign exchange student program. it is a career oriented college.” – Matthew from Columbia, KY

Asbury University

Founded in 1890, Asbury University is a multi-denominational Christian liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Asbury is home to 15 academic departments conferring undergrad degrees in over 150 fields of study, including the only Equine Studies...

“…Asbury University is an excellent place for spiritual growth through diligent teaching of God's Word. Asbury University is a fast-growing,stable environment for the young mind. Asbury University is a life long journey for the students as well as the...” – Tara from Lexington, KY

Somerset Community College is a 2-year institution with two main campuses and four academic centers in southern Kentucky. SCC offers 35 academic programs, including the first certificate-granting program in 3D printing in the state. Every year, the...

“…i believe that this school is on it's way to becoming a better college. there is a lot of things the school is behind on. the staff are often understanding and kind.” – Jessica from Somerset, KY

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is a public, 2-year institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. There are three BCTC campuses within the school’s home city, along with three additional satellite campuses in Danville, Lawrenceburg, and...

“…bluegrass community and technical college is a great place to start getting a bachelor's degree or simply get an associate degree. while it may seem like a school only for those who are poor or intellectually unable to go to uk, it actually has...” – Stephanie from Stanford, KY

Midway University

Midway University is a private, 4-year institution located in the state of Kentucky. Until 2016, MU only admitted female students but is now coeducational. Midway offers a number of programs of study, with focus given to its Equestrian Studies...

“…Midway is an amazing school! The academic, financial aid, and admission counselors are great as far as keeping in touch and helping in any way that they can. I can't wait to attend this beautiful campus in August.” – Brittany from Owenton, KY

Established as a school of business, Sullivan University is a for-profit college with campuses in Louisville and Lexington. With a focus on career training programs, Sullivan is home to eight colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 18 fields of study...

The University of Pikeville is a private, 4-year institution established in the state of Kentucky. While UPIKE offers a wide variety of degree programs, a significant amount of the student population is enrolled in one of the Health Sciences programs...

“…This university is great! People are very friendly and respectful here. Even with 100 kids in a lecture hall (the biggest class), teachers still go out of their way to learn your names. The campus is very quiet and the structure of the campus (carved...” – Annita from Chicago, IL

Union College (KY)

Founded in 1879, Union College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Kentucky affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Union grants bachelor’s degrees in over 30 academic majors and 25 minors and all classes are founded on higher order...

“…it is a beautiful campus with friendly staff and body of students. there is usually always something to do, whether fun or for class. the food is great as well.” – Lauren from Barbourville, KY

Brescia University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Owensboro, Kentucky. The college offers over 50 major and minor fields of study and features class sizes with an average 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Along with its...

“…as a non-traditional student re-entering college after fourteen years, the staff at brescia university has made me feel like i belong there. every individual i've came in contact with whether being a student or a staff member thus far has gone above...” – Donita from Bremen, KY

Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Louisville, Kentucky, with satellite locations throughout the city and surrounding area. Students attending JCTC can choose to enroll in a number of career...

“…I love this college because of the great atmosphere! The professors and other staff members treat everyone with respect and expect the best from their students. The classes aren't very big, which means more one-on-one attention to all students.” – Andrea from Louisville, KY

Alice Lloyd College is one of nine 4-year work-study colleges in the United States. The liberal arts curriculum is heavily influenced by “The Purpose Road Philosophy” which promotes world service and culminates in either a Bachelor of Arts or...

“…A good first year college for a freshman. Has extremely nice individuals. ” – Christina from Jackson, KY

Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University is a private, Christ-centered institution located in the city of Grayson. Students enrolled at KCU are required to attend chapel twice weekly, each of which typically includes a visiting speaker. KSU’s unique curriculum...

“…This is a great school, it is small but not too small. The professors really care if you succeed or not. It is a christian school and has a relaxed atmosphere.” – Craig from Taylorsville, KY

Just across the river from Cincinnati, Gateway Community and Technical College is a 2-year college in northern Kentucky. While most of Gateway’s over 30 academic programs are available at its main Urban Metro facility, the college’s healthcare and...

“…it is very student oriented. classes are small and student centered. great place to start out.” – elizabeth from Florence, KY

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. KWC provides a career-oriented liberal arts curriculum and admissions are rated as “selective.” Business, communications, and kinesiology and...

“…it is a beautiful place. very chill. MLIB.” – Ricky from Beaver Dam, KY

Hopkinsville Community College is a 2-year community college with two campuses in western Kentucky. HCC offers degrees and certificates in 20 academic programs. The Construction Technology program features a curriculum that trains students to build a...

“…I enjoy Hopkinsville Community College. The professors are very helpful and there are many tutoring areas available. We also have academic/social clubs for everyone.” – Susan from Hopkinsville, KY

With a main campus a short distance from the Ohio River, West Kentucky Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution serving ten counties. WKCTC is home to five academic divisions and the Paducah School of Art and Design where students in...

“…WKCTC is an absolutely amazing school. They offer a variety of degrees and opportunities here that most community colleges do not offer. I would not choose any other community college over WKCTC. ” – Crystal from Paducah, KY

Madisonville Community College is a 2-year institution with three campuses and two extension sites in western Kentucky. MCC offers degrees and certificates in 27 academic areas of study. To promote diversity on campus, MCC sponsors the Multicultural...

“…Listed as one of the top 5 kctcs schools in the Ky area.” – Carmen from Clarksville, TN

Created by the merger of Prestonburg Community College and Mayo Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution in eastern Kentucky. With four campus locations, BSCTC offers over 25 academic and vocational...

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution with four campuses in northern Kentucky. ECTC is home to degree and certificate granting programs in 30 fields of study such as Respiratory Care and Diesel Technology. Outside of...

“…Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has changed my life for the better. My professors have challenged me and invest time for my success. The administration part of ECTC has always helped resolve issues.” – Mona from Bardstown, KY

Formed by the consolidation of Maysville Community College and Rowan Technical College, Maysville Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution in northern Kentucky. MCTC is home to 25 degree and certificate-granting programs. The college’s...

“…This is best college I have ever attended because they really care about their students. They also do everything they can to help with the admissions process. It has smaller classes.” – Debra from Morehead, KY

Established in 1939 as the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery, Frontier Nursing University is a graduate-level nursing school in southeastern Kentucky. FNU offers both Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees and its...

Henderson Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Henderson, Kentucky, with a satellite center in Morganfield. HCC offers academic programs in 15 fields of study, awarding diplomas, certificates, and associate’s degrees designed...

“…This is a great Community College for those that are first time students, students returning to school after a hiatus, or first time adult students. With a wide variety of technical programs to solid AA degrees to transfer to four-year Universities;...” – Christy from Henderson, KY

With a main campus a few blocks from the Ohio River, Ashland Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution in northern Kentucky. Among Ashland’s 28 academic programs, the college’s Appalachian Studies curriculum immerses students in the...

“…ashland has made going to college the greatest experience of my life. i expect to be able to go into the working field with the confidence of achieving a great future. the instructors at ashland have given me the confidence needed to join the work...” – Ronnie from Olive Hill, KY

Owensboro Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution with four campuses in western Kentucky. OCTC confers degrees and certificates in 28 fields of study. The college’s downtown Owensboro campus features a veterinary lab hospital to offer...

“…I attended in 2004 to 2008, I worked on classes I needed for general requirements. My first year was after the birth of you daughter. I took 1course in the morning and 1 course in the afternoon. It made a difference to me on having the choices of...” – Alias

Hazard Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution with three campuses and two extension centers in east Kentucky. HCTC offers degrees and certificates in 31 areas of study such as a Telehealth Technician Assistant program which trains...

“…this is a great place to further your education. they have programs to help with all of your educational needs. they have really great people working there and will go out of their way to help you.” – Rodney from Combs, KY

Formerly part of Western Kentucky University, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College is a 2-year institution with a main campus in Bowling Green and two extension sites. SKYCTC offers degrees and certificates in 19 areas of study. To...

“…BGTC is a great place to get a degree because of the atmosphere. The staff is very willing to help you out anyway they can because they want to see you achieve your goals. This college is great at setting you up for your career!” – Crystal from Glasgow, KY

Founded in the Wesleyan tradition, Asbury Theological Seminary is a multi-denominational Christian graduate school focusing on ministry training and The Bible. With campuses in Kentucky and Florida, Asbury offers 10 theological master’s degree...

Beckfield College is a career-centered institution in northern Kentucky. Beckfield confers bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Nursing as well as associate degrees in Medical Assisting, Medical Billing, Nursing, and Business...

As the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is a Christian academy dedicated to training students for ministry. All undergraduate students attend Southern Seminary’s Boyce...

“…Great theological school. Pastoral professors who truly care. ”

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is a 2-year community college with five campus locations. SKCTC offers degrees and certificates in 27 academic fields of study. For students interested in the fine performing arts, the Godbey...

“…Southeast is a nice facility close to home. It is a small campus, easy to get around, and the faculty is very nice. Everyone treats you like a neighbor, because it is so close-knit.” – Angela from Cumberland, KY

Founded shortly after the Civil War, Simmons College of Kentucky is an Historically Black College and Kentucky’s first post-secondary institution for African American citizens. As a Christian college, Simmons’ Department of Religious Studies features...

Established in 1931, Kentucky Mountain Bible College is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Jackson. KMBC offers 23 academic programs throughout nine fields of study, with a variety of courses also available for online enrollment. The...

Affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College is a Christian institution dedicated to preparing students for lives of service. Clear Creek offers an immersive Ministry bachelor’s degree that covers the entire...

“…This is a school that teaches everything someone in the ministry needs to know. It welcomes both old and young students. Wonderful atmosphere of Christians.” – Gabriella from Pineville, KY

Louisville Bible College is a Christian institution dedicated to training preachers and future church leaders. Utilizing The Bible as an academic foundation, LBC offers two associate degree programs in Sacred Literature and Christian Education as...

Formed by the merger of two Presbyterian seminaries, the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a Christian graduate school focused on training students for ministry. Louisville Seminary offers three master’s degree programs in Divinity,...

Affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, Lexington Theological Seminary is an ecumenical Christian graduate school with a focus on training students for ministry. LTS offers master’s degrees in Divinity, Pastoral Studies, and Theological Studies as...

Located in the Gainesway Shopping Center, the College for Technical Education is a trade school in Lexington. CTE is home to six certification-granting vocational academic programs. To provide a hands-on learning experience, CTE also offers an...

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