Best Colleges in Kentucky

Wake Up and Smell the Fresh Bluegrass

Discover your unbridled spirit in Kentucky

Kentucky is filled to the brim with Southern charm and hospitality, which makes it a desirable destination for many. Home to 8 public universities and dozens of private colleges, Kentucky values education at a level unmatched in this portion of the country. In 2010, 12 Kentucky schools made Forbes' Top College list, and the educational roster continues to impress. and there is more than fried chicken to work toward thanks to the impressive companies headquartered in the state: Jim Beam, Humana, Fruit of the Loom, and Hilliard Lyons.

When you need to walk away from the books for a while, check out the many amusements Kentucky has to offer both day and night. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is one of the most popular attractions, although touring Churchill Downs racetrack is a close second, especially during the Kentucky Derby. You can also visit one of many local vineyards or peruse the upscale shopping areas throughout the Bluegrass State. When you're ready to unwind, check out Jack's Lounge in Louisville. Tucked away from the main drag, it serves up the best bourbon cocktails and is known for its low key ambiance. For more excitement, head over to Big Bar, which is actually quite small. Try a bright slush cocktail and enjoy a night dancing on the cozy patio with new friends. However you choose to spend your time, Kentucky will make it well worth it. Wikipedia, "List of Colleges and Universities in Kentucky" www.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories www.kentuckytourism.com

*Wikipedia, “List of Colleges and Universities in Kentucky” *www.bizjournals.com/louisville/stories *www.kentuckytourism.com

Best Four Year Universities in Kentucky

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky offers 390 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 7,141 students graduated with students earning 4,677 Bachelor's degrees, 1,389 Master's degrees, 914 Doctoral degrees, and 161 Certificates degrees.

Based on 60 Reviews
2 University of Louisville Louisville, KY

University of Louisville offers 243 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 5,594 students graduated with students earning 3,159 Bachelor's degrees, 1,548 Master's degrees, 584 Doctoral degrees, 278 Certificates degrees, and 25 Associate's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 Murray State University Murray, KY

Murray State University offers 135 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a remote town. In 2015, 2,346 students graduated with students earning 1,576 Bachelor's degrees, 701 Master's degrees, 47 Certificates degrees, 18 Associate's degrees, and 4 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University offers 103 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,002 students graduated with students earning 606 Bachelor's degrees, 258 Master's degrees, 131 Doctoral degrees, and 7 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
5 Centre College Danville, KY

Centre College offers 66 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 448 students graduated with students earning 448 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 Spalding University Louisville, KY

Spalding University offers 66 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 736 students graduated with students earning 398 Master's degrees, 302 Bachelor's degrees, 29 Doctoral degrees, 6 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

7 Berea College Berea, KY

Berea College offers 96 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 358 students graduated with students earning 358 Bachelor's degrees.

8 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY

Eastern Kentucky University offers 210 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a far away town. In 2015, 4,078 students graduated with students earning 2,874 Bachelor's degrees, 825 Master's degrees, 207 Associate's degrees, 156 Certificates degrees, and 16 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
9 University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a remote town. In 2015, 1,657 students graduated with students earning 1,113 Master's degrees, 434 Bachelor's degrees, 107 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

10 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University offers 174 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,309 students graduated with students earning 2,356 Bachelor's degrees, 553 Master's degrees, 171 Doctoral degrees, 130 Certificates degrees, and 99 Associate's degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Kentucky

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY

West Kentucky Community and Technical College offers 130 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 3,320 students graduated with students earning 2,533 Certificates degrees, and 787 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY

Hazard Community and Technical College offers 82 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,608 students graduated with students earning 1,207 Certificates degrees, and 401 Associate's degrees.

3 Gateway Community and Technical College Florence, KY

Gateway Community and Technical College offers 97 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,185 students graduated with students earning 1,706 Certificates degrees, and 479 Associate's degrees.

4 Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro, KY

Owensboro Community and Technical College offers 118 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 2,035 students graduated with students earning 1,431 Certificates degrees, and 604 Associate's degrees.

5 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY

Somerset Community College offers 117 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 3,788 students graduated with students earning 2,899 Certificates degrees, and 889 Associate's degrees.

6 Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Elizabethtown, KY

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 3,201 students graduated with students earning 2,169 Certificates degrees, and 1,032 Associate's degrees.

7 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY

Bluegrass Community and Technical College offers 130 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 4,235 students graduated with students earning 2,782 Certificates degrees, and 1,453 Associate's degrees.

8 Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY

Jefferson Community and Technical College offers 139 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,009 students graduated with students earning 2,527 Certificates degrees, and 1,482 Associate's degrees.

9 Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland, KY

Ashland Community and Technical College offers 83 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,158 students graduated with students earning 1,747 Certificates degrees, and 411 Associate's degrees.

10 Maysville Community and Technical College Maysville, KY

Maysville Community and Technical College offers 97 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 2,103 students graduated with students earning 1,728 Certificates degrees, and 375 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
3/5
17 : 1 29,727
University of Louisville University of Louisville Louisville, KY
3/5
11 : 1 21,294
Murray State University Murray State University Murray, KY
2/5
22 : 1 10,998
Bellarmine University Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
5/5
16 : 1 3,846
Centre College Centre College Danville, KY
5/5
11 : 1 1,367
Spalding University Spalding University Louisville, KY
5/5
17 : 1 2,202
Berea College Berea College Berea, KY
5/5
12 : 1 1,643
Eastern Kentucky University Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
3/5
20 : 1 16,844
University of the Cumberlands University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY
4/5
30 : 1 6,276
Northern Kentucky University Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
3/5
21 : 1 14,699
Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY
3/5
22 : 1 20,063
Morehead State University Morehead State University Morehead, KY
3/5
29 : 1 10,872
Campbellsville University Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
4/5
18 : 1 3,128
Transylvania University Transylvania University Lexington, KY
5/5
11 : 1 1,053
University of Pikeville University of Pikeville Pikeville, KY
4/5
25 : 1 2,531
Asbury University Asbury University Wilmore, KY
5/5
15 : 1 1,915
Alice Lloyd College Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY
3/5
20 : 1 616
Georgetown College Georgetown College Georgetown, KY
5/5
14 : 1 1,364
Kentucky Christian University Kentucky Christian University Grayson, KY
4/5
15 : 1 606
Kentucky Wesleyan College Kentucky Wesleyan College Owensboro, KY
4/5
14 : 1 693
Brescia University Brescia University Owensboro, KY
4/5
17 : 1 1,060
Kentucky State University Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY
2/5
13 : 1 1,586
Thomas More College Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY
5/5
20 : 1 1,909
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY
4/5
40 : 1 3,671
Sullivan University Sullivan University Louisville, KY
4/5
21 : 1 3,797

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