Kentucky State University.

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University (KSU and KYSU) is a public historically black land-grant university in Frankfort, Kentucky. Founded in 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons, and becoming a land-grant college in 1890, KSU was the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. In fall 2019, there was a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,029 and a total graduate enrollment of 142.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and associate degrees
  • 1,349 students
  • 0.39 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Kentucky State University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Mathematics, Elementary Education, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Chemistry, and Psychology.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

941 students out of 2,078 applicants were accepted into Kentucky State University. They had an average SAT score of 982. 21% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 95% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Kentucky State University was $19,638, while for in-state students it was $8,184. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $20,957.

The average financial aid at Kentucky State University is $9,664. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $9,974 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Kentucky State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

81% of undergraduate students at Kentucky State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Kentucky State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Kentucky State University was of $6,690 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300.

Diversity at Kentucky State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017