Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
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Quick facts
  • Founded: 1886
  • Enrollment: 1,726
  • Mascot: Thorobreds
  • Colors: Green and Gold
  • Motto: Onward, Upward
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Kentucky State University, nestled in the city of Frankfort, Kentucky, is a distinguished member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) network. Founded in 1886, KSU has a rich history that spans over a century, marking it as an institution of significant cultural and educational importance. Originally established as a state normal school for colored persons, it has evolved over the years, expanding its academic offerings and playing a pivotal role in providing higher education opportunities to African Americans, especially in the southern United States.

Today, Kentucky State University is a comprehensive 4-year public land-grant institution that caters to a diverse student body of 1,726. KSU offers a wide range of academic programs, including certificates, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, as well as Post Baccalaureate certificates. The university is particularly noted for its strong programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Public Administration, and Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences, each designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the modern workforce.

The campus in Frankfort provides a stimulating city environment, complete with campus housing, that contributes to a vibrant student life. Kentucky State University's athletic teams, known as the Thorobreds, compete in NCAA Division II as part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), adding to the dynamic campus experience. The university's motto, "Onward, Upward," reflects its commitment to continual growth and excellence, striving to empower students to reach new heights in their personal and professional lives.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (502) 597-6813  
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  • Financial Aid: (502) 597-5960
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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences

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NCAA Division II - Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)

Team Name: Thorobreds

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Track & Field 
  • Volleyball (Indoor & Outdoor)

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