Kentucky State University Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 400 East Main Street
City Frankfort
State Kentucky
Zip 40601
Phone 502-597-6000
Total Enrollment 2360
Motto Onward and Upward
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location Kentucky State is located in the historic city of Frankfort, population approximately 27,500, in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. The city of Frankfort offers boating, golfing, horseback riding, and water sports. The 485-acre campus is situated 25 miles west of Lexington, 50 miles east of Louisville, and 20 miles from the airport near Lexington. Louisville and Lexington offer horse racing, theater, concerts, and many other social and recreational activities. Bus transportation provides access to these cities.
History Kentucky State University (KSU) is a four-year, state-supported, coed liberal arts university, founded in 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. The school was established as a normal school for the training of black teachers for black schools. In 1890, the institution became a land-grant college, adding several new departments to the schoolís curriculum. As the schoolís programs changed, so did the name. In 1902, it became Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons. In 1926, Normal was dropped from the name. A high school was added in 1930. The name was changed to Kentucky State College for Negroes in 1938. Negro was dropped from the name in 1952, and the school became Kentucky State College. After gaining university status, the name was changed to Kentucky State University in 1973. Current president Mary Smith states, ďEducation should help students learn skills which help them to analyze and solve problems in life, as well as free the mind so that the learnerís creativity is unleashed.Ē She contends that each student at Kentucky State is helped to develop these skills. To emphasize quality and individuality, KSU offers programs such as Whitney Young Jr.ís Study of the Great Books or the Mentorís Advisement Program, both designed to build small intellectual and social communities. The thirty-one-building campus continues to grow in size and programs. The school developed a new mission in 1982, aiming to become a major repository for the collection of artifacts, books, and records related to its history of educating black citizens. The collection is available to interested students, faculty members, and visiting scholars for research and general usage. KSU offers students career opportunities related to state government services and participation in U.S. Department of Agricultural programs, as one of two land-grant institutions in the system.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Kentucky State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Applied Science Technology, Associate of Arts, and Master of Public Administration degrees.
Costs per Year 2002Ė03 Tuition: $2278 (in-state); $6838 (out-of-state) Room and board: $2060 (room); $1964 (board) Special fees: $370 Books: $800 Estimated total cost: $7472 (in-state); $12,032 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 2278
Out of State Tuition 6838
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $5,467,644
Financial-Aid Deadline March 31 (priority)
Admission Deadline
Entrance Requirements Graduation from high school (or equivalent) and completion of the precollege curriculum of 20 units to include: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science (one laboratory), 2 social science, and 9 electives. Kentucky residents must rank in upper 40 percent of class, have an ACT score of 19 or higher, or have a 2.75 GPA or higher. Out-of-state residents must be in upper half of class, have a 2.50 GPA or higher, or score at the national average or better on the ACT. A $15 nonrefundable application fee is required. Admission Application Deadline: April 1 (Fall); Dec 1 (Spring). Rolling admission; early admission. Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; Telephone: 502-597-6813; 800-633-9415 (toll-free, in-state); 800-325-1716 (toll-free, out-of-state); 502-597-5814 (fax).
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 128 credit hours to include 6 foreign language, 3 math, 6 sciences, and 1 computer science (for math, education, business, business administration, chemistry, electronics technology, drafting and design, and criminal justice majors). Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 2,360 In-state: 1,576 Other regions: 31 states; 13 international Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 721/848 Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 269/416 Graduate students (men/women): 52/54 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,223; Asian, 29; Caucasian, 790; Hispanic, 17; International, 15; Native American, 8; Other/Unclassified, 68
Diversity 209
Student Life Campus Regulations: Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus. Open visitations are from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 12:00 noon through 2:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling, student employment services, and career counseling and placement. Campus Activities: Cultural and group activities include theater, band, chorale, and dance. Students can get involved in the student-run newspaper, The Thorobred News, or the yearbook, The Thorobred. Students interested in communications can join the student-run radio station. Special interest clubs are centered around art, music, and literature. Leadership activities can be found in the Student Government Association or in more than sixty other student-run organizations. Three national fraternities and three national sororities are represented on campus, as well as two local fraternities and three local sororities. KSU students have numerous opportunities to participate and get involved in campus life. Housing Availability: 887 housing spaces; freshman housing guaranteed. Handicapped Services: Include wheelchair accessibility, and services for the visually and hearing impaired.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 167 Student-teacher ratio: 13:1 Full-time faculty members: 134 Part-time faculty members: 33 Percentage of faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 60
Athletic Program Kentucky State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, Division II). Intercollegiate Sports: menís basketball, football, golf, tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, golf, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural Sports: archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, softball, flag football, swimming, track, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; Telephone: 502-597-6014; 502-597-6466 (fax).
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May One summer session.
Degrees The Associate in Applied Science Technology Degree: Child Development and Family Relations, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drafting and Design Technology, Electronics Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Nursing, Office Administration Associate of Art: Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts: Art Education, Child Development and Family Relations, Criminal Justice, Early Elementary Education, English Education, History, History Education, Liberal Studies, Marketing, Music Performance, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Studies Education, Social Work, Sociology, Studio Art, Textiles/Clothing/and Merchandising Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Applied Mathematics/Engineering (dual degree), Biology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Management, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Marketing, Medical Technology, Music Education, Physical Education Preprofessional Programs: Community Health, Cytotechnology Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine Masterís Degree: Public Administration
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