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Study at Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University, also known as KSU, is a public institution located in Frankfort, Kentucky, United States. It was established in the year 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. The campus of KSU spreads across an area of more than 510 acres. The Student Enrolment consists of a large number of African-American students. KSu offers degrees in arts and science and professional studies. The university is organized into three main colleges:

  • College of Arts, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Mathematics, Sciences, Technology and Health
  • College of Professional Studies
KSU's athletic teams are known as the Thorobrettes. They compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The Thorobrettes participate in volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball, and golf, among others.

Profile of Kentucky State University

The campus of Kentucky State is in Frankfort, KY, which is a town not particularly near any major cities. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Kentucky State include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in music, mathematics, family and social work, nursing and emergency medicine, and conservation and resource management.

Kentucky State Selectivity

Admission at Kentucky State is selective, not open to all who apply. Getting into the school is challenging; it only admitted 38% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 370. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 358 and 450.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Kentucky State had 2, 696 students enrolled (2, 255 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

Kentucky State offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 land-grant university, affords access to and prepares a diverse student population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research, and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Kentucky State University is committed to keeping relevant its legacy of service by proactively engaging the community in partnerships on civic projects driven by the objective of positively impacting the quality of life of the citizens of the Commonwealth. "

Kentucky State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Family and Social Work60public administration, social work, family studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine49registered nursing
Business and Management32business, business management
Liberal Arts27liberal arts and sciences, English, political science, social services
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science
Education and Teaching25elementary school teaching, physical education teaching
Security and Law Enforcement17criminal justice and police
Therapy and Counselling15psychology
Science14biology, chemistry
Conservation and Resource Management5fisheries sciences
Fine Arts4fine arts
office and Administration1executive secretary
Engineering Technician0drafting, electronics tech

Contact: Kentucky State

Kentucky State University

400 East Main Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

General Phone: (502) 597-6000


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