Accreditations & Accolades

Northern Kentucky University offers a wide range of nationally recognized online programs taught by respected faculty with years of industry experience. Explore our rankings and accreditations.

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Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

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The Haile College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CAEP Accredited

The Northern Kentucky University College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CSWE Accredited

The Master of Social Work program at Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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The Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care Degree Advancement Program (CoARC program number 510011) at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( until continuing accreditation has been awarded.

The NKU Chase College of Law is a law school approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.


  • Ranked among the "Top Public Schools" by U.S. News & World Report, 2024

  • Ranked among the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” by U.S. News & World Report, 2024

  • Ranked among the "Best Online MBA Programs" and “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report, 2024

  • Designated a 2023-2024 Military Friendly® School, Silver status, by VIQTORY media

  • Ranked one of the "Best for Vets Colleges" among four-year schools by Military Times, 2022

  • Ranked among the “Best Online Colleges in Kentucky” by, 2022

  • Ranked among the “Best Colleges for Nursing in America” by, 2023

  • Ranked among the “Best Colleges for Psychology in America” by, 2023

  • Ranked among the “Best Colleges for Information Technology in America” by, 2023

  • Northern Kentucky University has been designated an Age-Friendly University by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, in conjunction with The Gerontological Society of America, due to its commitment to increasing educational access for all learners. NKU is the only university in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky to join the international effort to support intergenerational learners.

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