colleges in KentuckyContinuing our series of best online college by state rankings, we have examined all online colleges in Kentucky and chosen to showcase the top 20 schools, based on the methodology stated below.

Kentucky, also known as the “Bluegrass State,” was originally a part of Virginia. But in 1792 it became the 15th state to join the Union. Today it’s the 37th most extensive (physically) state, and the 26th most populous. Kentucky’s called the “Bluegrass State” because of the fertile, distinct grass that grows there. Also because of the musical genre that the state helped popularize.

Kentucky is known for horse racing, bourbon, moonshine, coal, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, college basketball, and much more. Kentucky has eight public four-year universities, grouped in two tiers: major research institutions (the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville) and regional universities, which make up the other six schools. On top of that, there are a number of private, independent, and religious (particularly Christian) schools in the state. In 1989, the Kentucky Supreme Court found that there was an improper distribution of educational resources between the state’s rich and poorer districts. This has led to decades of reform in the state, which sets apart the Kentucky educational landscape.

Methodology

Sources used for this ranking include:

In order for a school to be in this ranking, the presence of online college programs and courses were required. In some cases there may be minimal participation required on campus. Schools were ranked by first adding together the percentage numbers for freshman satisfaction and graduation rates. Then, a numerical equivalent of the academic and overall grades provided by niche, with A+ being 100, A being 90 and so on in this manner, were added to these numbers. With affordability being an important factor as well, the (residential) cost of attendance was rounded to the nearest thousand and that number was then subtracted from the total of the previous numbers resulting in the final ranking score.

Example: 87 (percent freshman satisfaction) + 52 (graduation percent) + 70 (B+ Academic Grade) + 80 (A- Overall Grade) = 289
289 (total from above) – 42 ($42,365 cost of attendance) = 247 (final score for ranking)

It should be noted that no institutions in any of OnlineCollegePlan’s rankings have been given preferential treatment, nor have any institutions requested such. The methodology is fully disclosed so that any one person can arrive at this exact same ranking using the sources, data, criteria, and formula as explained.

We also referred to our previous ranking, the Top 100 Best Online Colleges, in the creation of this college ranking.

20. Union College

Union College

Union College was founded in 1879 in Barbourville, Kentucky, in the Appalachian mountains. It’s a small liberal arts school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. UC boasts over 1,200 students from 27 states and 9 countries. The school has a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. UC takes serious pride in its athletics, and its Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs compete in 21 varsity sports as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Its notable alumni include G. Lindsey Davis, a United Methodist Church Bishop, Flem D. Sampson, the 42nd Governor of Kentucky, Dr. Phillip Allen Sharp, who won the 1993 Nobel Prize for Medicine, and William A. Stanfill, former Senator from Kentucky.

UC offers a number of online program offerings, including undergraduate programs in Business Administration, General Management, General Studies, RN-BSN, Law Enforcement, and Substance Abuse. It also offers graduate programs online in Master of Business in Administration-MBA, Master of Science in Administration-MSA, and the Master of Science in Athletic Administration-MSAA. In the 2016-17 academic year, UC’s tuition and fees came to $25,135. In the 2014-15 school year, approximately 96% of UC’s students received financial aid.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Union College’s Website – https://www.unionky.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UnionCollegeKY/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/unioncollegeky?lang=en

19. Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College

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Lindsey Wilson was founded in 1903 in Columbia, Kentucky. It’s also affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It has almost 2,600 students and a 15:1 student to faculty ratio. It’s also known for its athletics, and its Blue Raiders are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), mostly competing in the Mid-South Conference. Lindsey Wilson Athletics boasts men’s baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling, women’s basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball. They also have co-ed cheerleading and cycling. Notable alumni include Walter Arnold Baker, a Kentucky state legislator and member of the state’s Supreme Court, as well as several professional soccer players, including Albert Edward, Shaun Francis, Lebogang Moloto, and Ty Shipalane.

Lindsey Wilson has several intriguing online offerings. In undergrad they offer degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Services & Counseling, and Nursing. Among their graduate programs, they’ve chosen Business Administration (MBA), Counseling and Human Development, and Teacher as Leader to offer entirely online. Its online offerings are scheduled through 8 week courses to accelerate the pace at which students can complete their degrees. In 2016-17, tuition for Lindsey Wilson was $23,762. 100% of its students receive financial aid.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Lindsey Wilson College’s Website – http://www.lindsey.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UnionCollegeKY

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lindseywilson

18. Thomas More College

Thomas More is a liberal arts school based out of Crestview Hills, Kentucky, near Cinicinatti, Ohio. It was founded in 1921 by Benedictine Sisters, and is still a Roman Catholic-affiliated school. It was initially founded to train Catholic teachers. Currently, 1,964 students attend the school, which also has a 16:1 student to faculty ratio. Thomas More’s Athletics program competes in the NCAA Division III in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, and its students compete as The Saints. Its notable alumni include Paul G. Bens, Jr., novelist and director/producer, Darrell Brothers, artist and professor, Rick Hughes, NBA basketball player, David Justice, MLB player, among others.

Through its TAP (Thomas More College Adult and Professional) program, Thomas More offers a host of online degree options. In undergrad these include a general Associates Program, BBA Program, RN to BSN Program, and Bachelor of Elected Studies in Ethical Leadership. These programs offer accelerated courses. Its graduate programs include an MBA Program, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Master of Arts in Ethical Leadership, Master of Education and Master of Science in Athletic Training. For qualified MBA applicants, Thomas More offers a GMAT waiver in some cases, and also allows students to fill pre-requisities with self paced modules that save students time and money. Its tuition in 2016-17 was $29,450. 100% of its students receive financial aid.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Thomas More College’s Website – http://www.thomasmore.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ThomasMoreCollegeKY

Twitter – https://twitter.com/thomasmoreky

17. Brescia University

Brescia University

Brescia University is a coed Catholic university founded in 1925. It’s based out of Owensboro, Kentucky. Brescia began as a junior college for women, and now offers undergraduate and master’s programs. The school has just over 1,000 students, and an extremely low student-to-faculty ratio at 11:1. It has an acceptance rate of 47%. Brescia University teams are called the Bearcats. It’s a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the River States Conference (RSC). Men’s sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field. Brescia’s sports for women include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

In the 2018 school year through 2022, tuition at Brescia has been frozen at the cost of $425 per credit hour. The average cost per semester for a full-time student is $5,760 plus the cost of books. On average, 99% of students receive financial aid. Brescia offers a multitude of entirely online degree programs with no campus visits required. There are also six starting dates throughout the year for online degree programs so that students can get started earning their degree sooner than at institutions which offer only 3 semester starting dates.

At the Associate level, it offers programs in Business, Integrated Studies, Liberal Arts, and Human Services. Its Bachelor online programs include Business, Accounting, Integrated Studies, Theology, Social Work, and Psychology. And at the Master level, Brescia offers Social Work, Management. The university also offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in Accounting and some general education courses are available online.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Brescia University’s Website – https://www.brescia.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BresciaUniversity/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BresciaPR

16. University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands

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University of the Cumberlands is a private school located in Willamsburg, Kentucky. It’s a member of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, an affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was created in 1889. It’s programming is conveyed through four colleges: Cumberland College (the university’s undergraduate school), the Hutton School of Business/Management, the Hutton Center for Leadership Studies, and the Graduate/Professional Education program. The school was accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It serves approximately 7,600 students, and has a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The University of the Cumberlands (UC) athletics teams are called the Patriots, and are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), mostly competing in the Mid-South Conference. Lacrosse is particularly popular at the school.

Cumberlands charges students $315 per credit hour in tuition no matter where they’re located. 100% of its students receive financial aid. UC offers online programs at the Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level (the doctoral programs are hybrid, requiring some in-person attendance). These degrees are offered through programs in Psychology, Religion, Business, Counseling, Education, Criminal Justice, Health Science, Human Services, and Information Technology.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

University of the Cumberlands’ Website – https://www.ucumberlands.edu/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/UCumberlands

Twitter – https://twitter.com/UCumberlands

15. Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University

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KSU is a public university founded in 1886. It’s based out of Frankfort, Kentucky. It was originally called the State Normal School for Colored Persons, and was the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. Over 1,700 students attend KSU, the vast majority in undergraduate programs. Through four colleges (Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems, Arts and Sciences, Business and Computer Science and Professional Studies) KSU offers four associate degrees, 55 undergraduate degrees and six post-graduate programs. KSU competes in the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and its teams are known as The Thorobreds and Thorobrettes. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and indoor and outdoor track and field. The Thorobrettes compete in basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball and volleyball.

KSU costs $476/semester hour for all students. 100% of its students receive financial aid. KSU offers several programs through entirely online delivery. It offers Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Public Administration. It also offers a Master’s in Special Education, a Doctorate in Nursing, and Certificates in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences, Network Associate Certificate, and Network Professional Certificate. KSU also offers 50 online courses each semester that can be applied to the rest of their academic catalog.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Kentucky State University’s Website – http://kysu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyStateU/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KyStateU

14. Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University (KCU) is a Christian university headquartered in Grayson, Kentucky. It was founded in 1919 as the Christian Normal Institute. It conveys degrees through the following: School of Art and Science, the Sack School of Bible and Ministry, the School of Business, the Keeran School of Education, the School of Music, the Yancy School of Nursing, the School of Social Work and Human Services, and the Graduate School. KCU is a small school, with 556 students, and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Kentucky Christian’s athletic teams are called Knights and Lady Knights.

KCU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Men’s sports are basketball, cross country, football and soccer. The Lady Knights compete in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball. They’ve won 15 NCCAA Division II National Championships since 1989. Tuition for KCU was $18,560 for 2016-17. 97% of its students receive financial aid. KCU offers online programs at the Bachelor and Master’s level in Religion, Nursing, and History. These programs are conferred at $300 per credit hour.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Kentucky Christian University’s Website – https://www.kcu.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kcuknights

Twitter – https://twitter.com/knightskcu

13. Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College

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KWC is a private, Methodist college in Owensboro, Kentucky. It’s known for its liberal arts programs. It was founded in 1858. Initially KWC was a training school for preachers, but added business, liberal arts classes, and in 1890 allowed women students. Currently, there are 785 KWC students, and a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In 2016-17, tuition was $24,050 and 100% of students receive financial aid. The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers are part of the NCAA Division II and offer men’s sports including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, and indoor/outdoor track and field while women play basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

Notable alumni at KWC include former Bishops Urban Valentine Williams Darlington and
G. Lindsey Davis, and Ray Harper, the head basketball coach at Jacksonville State University, among many others. KWC offers online degrees at the baccalaureate level. New terms begin every two months, and come in a seven week format to facilitate faster graduation. KWC’s online Bachelor’s are in Business Administration, Psychology, Religion, General Studies, Criminal Justice & Criminology, and Graphic Design.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Kentucky Wesleyan College’s Website – https://kwc.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kywesleyan

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KyWesleyan

12. Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University

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Northern Kentucky University is a public, co-educational university based out of Highland Heights. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs. It’s been commended for its programming by CIO Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes. Approximately 14,500 students attend NKU, and it has a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In 2016-17 in-state tuition for NKU was $9,384, and out-of-state was $18,384. 96% of their students receive financial aid. Their athletic teams are called Norse, and NKU offers baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s track and field, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

NKU offers online undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and certificate degrees. Among their undergrad they offer degrees in an RN to BSN program, Communication Studies, Organizational Leadership, History, and Business Information Systems. They offer five master’s degree programs, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and graduate/post-graduate certificates. Subjects offered to online students include Education, Nursing, Health Informatics, and Health Science. George Clooney once attended NKU as well.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Northern Kentucky University’s Website – https://www.nku.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nkuedu/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nkuedu

11. Morehead State University

Morehead State University

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Morehead State University (MSU) is a public, co-ed university headquartered in Morehead, Kentucky. It was founded in 1887, and attended initially by one student. It now has over 10,000 students and an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Morehead offers 214 degree at the two-year, four-year and graduate levels through four schools: Caudill College of Humanities, College of Business and Technology, College of Education, and College of Science. It also offers a Doctoral degree in Education. MSU is a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference in NCAA Division I. It offers 18 intercollegiate sports for men and women. Notable alumni include NFL quarterback Phil Simms and NBA forward Kenneth Faried.

In-state tuition was $8,496 and out-of-state tuition was $12,744 for Morehead in 2016-17. 99% of students receive financial aid. Its online offerings include Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in Adult and Higher Education, Business Administration, Career and Technical Education – MS, Computer Information Systems, Doctor of Education (EdD), Early Childhood Education – MAT, Educational Technology, English – MA, English as a Second Language, Leadership in Medical Imaging, Master of Business Administration, Middle Grades and Secondary Education – MAT, Social Sciences – MA, Special Education – Post Baccalaureate Certification, Technology Management, University Studies, and Wellness Promotion – MA. Morehead vows to give students flexibility and support through their online programming.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Morehead State University’s Website – https://www.moreheadstate.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MoreheadStateUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/moreheadstate

10. Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, but was stems from 1876, descending from the private Glasgow Normal School and Business College in Glasgow, Kentucky. It conveys degrees through its College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Gordon Ford College of Business, Ogden College of Science And Engineering, Potter College of Arts and Letters, University College, and The College of Health and Human Services. WKU serves over 20,200 students, and offers an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. WKU’s athletic teams are called the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers.

Notable alumni include Julian Goodman, former president of NBC, and Chester Hurdle, President of the Baltimore Ravens, among many others. WKU lets students access over 90 online degrees and certificate programs, including over 50 associate, bachelor and master’s degrees. 1,700+ classes are offered online annually. WKU online classes follow a term–based calendar, with specific start and end dates. In 2016-17, in-state tuition was $9,912, and out-of-state tuition was $24,792 for WKU. 94% of students receive financial aid.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

WKU’s Website – https://www.wku.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WKUNews

Twitter – https://twitter.com/wku

9. Spalding University

Spalding University

Spalding University is a private, co-educational university in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s connected to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, who founded Nazareth Academy in 1814, which Spalding grew out of. Spalding offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and education. Spalding has over 2,300 students, with a 15 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Spalding University offers 11 varsity sports and 14 teams participating in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III. The Golden Eagles, formerly known as the Pelicans, play in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). Notable alumni include novelist Silas House, Elmer Lucille Allen, a ceramic artist and chemist, and Tori Murden, explorer and university president, among many others.

In 2016-17, tuition at Spalding was $24,388, and 100% of students receive financial aid. Spalding offers a Flex format for its online offerings. This format offers seven start dates throughout the year, evening/online classes, and weekly class meetings. Part of the Flex program is access to Spalding support services like academic advising, career development, the writing center, a math-tutoring lab and the counseling center. Spalding online offerings include programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Creative Writing, Health Science, Interdisciplinary degrees in Humanities, Liberal Studies, and Social Sciences, plus Psychology and RN to BSN programs.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Spalding University’s Website – https://spalding.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SpaldingUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/SpaldingU

8. Midway University

Midway College, now Midway University

Midway University is an independent, liberal arts university with almost 1,200 students (14 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio), based out of Midway, Kentucky. It was founded in 1847. It’s affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and offers two and four-year degrees. Midway was the only women’s college in Kentucky until 2016, when it began accepting men. It’s known for its programming in business, marketing, equine studies, sports management, english, mathematics, biology, nursing, psychology, criminal justice and teacher education. Midway’s Athletics teams are called The Eagles, and are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Women’s sports include archery, basketball, cross country, equestrian (hunt seat, western and Dressage), soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis. Notable alumni include Bob Heleringer and Sally Haydon, both of whom contributed heavily to Midway’s equine studies programs.

Midway’s tuition in 2016-17 was $23,350, and 100% of its students receive financial aid. Through its online programs, Midway offers Associate, Bachelor, and Graduate degrees. Standouts include an Associate in Business Administration, Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, a slew of Educational options, and much more. Among its graduate programs, Midway offers an MBA, an M.Ed., and an MSN. Midway does its best to award credit for prior learning, and are conveyed in 4, 6 or 8 week sessions. Some on campus participation may be required depending on the program.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Midway University’s Website – http://www.midway.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/midwayuniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/midwayuniv

7. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), in Louisville, Kentucky, is the oldest of the six seminaries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). It was established in in 1859 at Greenville, South Carolina. It then closed during the Civil War, reopening in Louisville in 1877. Over 3,900 students attend the school, which offers a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio. It was one of the first seminaries in America to offer a PhD in religion, beginning in 1892. Notable alumni include Charles C. Baldwin, who was the Chief of Chaplains for the United States Air Force from 2004–2008, sociologist Reginald Bibby, and many Christian leaders.

In 2016-17, tuition at SBTS was $17,916. 69% of students receive financial aid. SBTS offers students hybrid and fully online classes in six, 8-week terms throughout the year. Its fully online degrees include a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The former is intended for people who want to work professionally in ministry, and the latter is to offer ministry training for people who don’t want to work in a professional vocation. SBTS offers these programs in a hybrid format as well, and vows to supply students with flexibility, and interactivity, whether they be in Kentucky or Mumbai.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Website – http://www.sbts.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheSBTS

Twitter – https://twitter.com/sbts

6. Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University

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EKU was founded in Richmond, Kentucky in 1906. It serves almost 17,000 students. EKU offers a range of degrees through its colleges of Business and Technology, Education, Health Sciences, Justice and Safety, Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences and Science. It received sterling rankings from USNR for 2017, including 29th among Top Public Schools, 79th among southern regional universities and 78th in Best Online Graduate Education Programs. EKU has been multiply commended for its LGTBQ resources, and for being a military friendly university. EKU’s athletics teams are called The Colonels, and offer eight men’s and nine women’s NCAA sanctioned sports. Notable alumni include MLB player Josh Anderson, the NFL’s Yeremiah Bell, and occupational health scientist Eula Bingham, among many others.

In 2016-17, in-state tuition for EKU was $8,868, and out-of-state tuition was $18,180. 98% of the students receive financial aid. EKU offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate options online. Associate’s include General Studies, Paralegal Studies/Paralegal Science, Police Studies, and Paramedicine ASP. Bachelor program highlights include Homeland Security, Nursing and Business Risk Management, among many other options. EKU Master’s offered include Public Administration, Justice, Policy and Leadership (MS), and a slew of educational options. There are also two doctoral programs, in Nursing Practice (Post-MSN DNP) and Occupational Therapy (OTD). To top it off, EKU offers many graduate, undergraduate and non-degree certificate programs.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

EKU’s Website – http://www.eku.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/easternkentuckyuniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ekustories

5. Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University

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Bellarmine University is an independent, private, Catholic university in Louisville, Kentucky. It was founded in 1950 as Bellarmine College, named after the Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine, and became Bellarmine University in 2000. Bellarmine offers Bachelor and Master degrees in more than 50 majors through seven colleges and schools. Nearly 4,000 students attend Bellarmine, which has a cozy 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The school’s athletic teams are called the Knights, and Bellarmine offers 10 sports for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division II. Notable alumni include John Young Brown III, who was Secretary of State of Kentucky from 1996 to 2004, Joseph C. Burke, former President of State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Susan Cameron, Reynolds American CEO.

In 2016-17, tuition to Bellarmine was $39,750. 100% of its students receive financial aid. It offers several fully online degrees, including a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Rank I, the Master of Health Science (MHS), and Master of Science in Taxation (MST, or MTAX). Bellarmine vows these programs maintain the academic excellence their on campus programs are known for, with increased flexibility and affordability for distance students. To maintain this quality, Bellarmine uses the industry-standard Quality Matters rubric, which measures the quality and rigor of the online offerings, making sure they’re up to snuff with their on-campus counterparts.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Bellarmine University’s Website – http://www.bellarmine.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BellarmineU/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/bellarmineu

4. Murray State University

Murray State University

Murray State University (MSU) is a four-year public university located in Murray, Kentucky. It has just under 10,500 students, and a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. MSU has been listend on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” as one of the top regional universities for 26 straight years. Murray State University offers 11 associate, 64 bachelor, and 42 master and specialist programs, conveyed through four academic colleges, two schools, 30 departments, and one joint program created by its college of business and the college of science, engineering and technology. The Racers, MSU’s athletic teams, are a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray State University offers five men’s, nine women’s and one co-ed teams in NCAA sanctioned sports. Notable alumni include actor W. Earl Brown (BS ’86), romance novelist Jude Deveraux, and NFL quarterback Mike Cherry, among many others.

In 2016-17, in-state tuition for MSU was $8,400, and out-of-state tuition was $22,680. MSU offers many online programs at different levels of higher education. Undergrad degree programs online at MSU include Computer Information Systems, Integrated Studies, Business Administration, and much more. Graduate programs include Library Media, Public Administration, Organizational Communication, among others. Finally, MSU also offers doctoral degrees online in Nursing and English Pedagogy and Technology. They have detailed course major descriptions for each program, and some certificate program options as well.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Murray State University’s Website – https://www.murraystate.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/murraystateuniv

Twitter – https://twitter.com/murraystateuniv

3. University of Louisville

University of Louisville

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The University of Louisville (UofL) is a public university in Louisville, Kentucky, that was founded in 1978. It’s a member of the Kentucky state university system. At the time of its founding, it was the first city-owned public university in America. It offers bachelor’s degrees in 70 fields, master’s degrees in 78, and doctorate degrees in 22. UofL is a sports powerhouse, offering 13 women’s and 10 men’s teams, all of which participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference of the NCAA. Notable alumni includes Robert Nardelli, the CEO of Chrysler, Christopher Dodd, former U.S. Senator (D) from Connecticut, among many others.

In 2016-17, in-state tuition was $11,264, and out-of-state tuition was $26,286. 97% of students receive financial aid. Through its online programming, UofL makes the education of a “nationally recognized metropolitan research university,” all from the comfort of your home. Notable online degrees include Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing, Organizational Leadership and Learning, Criminal Justice, and Communication. It also offers Master’s in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Human Resources and Organization Development, Engineering Management, Civil Engineering, and Computer Science, along with several certificates and endorsements.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

University of Louisville’s Website – http://louisville.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UniversityofLouisville/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/uofl

2. Asbury University

Asbury University

Asbury University is a Christian liberal arts based out of Wilmore, Kentucky. It offers 50 majors across 17 departments. Over 1,800 kids attend Asbury, which has a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Asbury’s athletic teams are called the Eagles. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the River States Conference (RSC). Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and tennis; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

In 2016-17, tuition at Asbury was $28,630. 91% of students receive financial aid. Asbury’s online programming is offered in 8-week classes, at $399 per credit hour. Programs offered fully online include Elementary Education, Leadership & Ministry, Organizational
Management, Instruction Design, and and Associate of Science. Asbury calls their online programming “Online Degree Completion” programs. They describe them as accelerated programs created to help adult students finish their degree, then use them for work, church, or the world at large.

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

Asbury University’s Website – https://www.asbury.edu/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AsburyUniversity

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AsburyUniv

1. University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public co-educational university headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. It was founded in 1865. Through 6 colleges, and a graduate school, it offers 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four professional programs. There are currently over 29,700 students, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Notable alumni include Thomas Hunt Morgan, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and actress Ashley Judd. UK sponsors 9 sports for men, 9 sports for women, and one co-ed sport (rifling). They are a powerhouse in college basketball.

In-state tuition in 2016-17 for UK was $11,484, and out-of-state tuition was $26,334. 93% of students receive financial aid. UK’s online wing conveys many undergraduate and graduate programs through the following colleges: Arts and Sciences, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Communication and Information, Design, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Public Policy and Administration, and Nursing. UK says their online programs are “highly-structured and rigorous.”

If you wish to learn more or would like to connect, please use the following links:

University of Kentucky’s Website – http://www.uky.edu/UKHome/

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