Kentucky State University Details
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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.
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
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.
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
Estimated total cost: $7472 (in-state); $12,032 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $5,467,644
March 31 (priority)
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);
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
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;
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
Housing Availability: 887 housing spaces; freshman housing guaranteed.
Handicapped Services: Include wheelchair accessibility, and services for
the visually and hearing impaired.
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
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
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;
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
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,
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
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
Preprofessional Programs: Community Health, Cytotechnology Dentistry,
Engineering, Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Nuclear Medicine
Technology, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine
Masterís Degree: Public Administration