Kentucky Christian University

100 Academic Pkwy, Grayson, KY 41143-1199

School Details

Kentucky Christian University is a four-year private Christian school located in Grayson, Kentucky. J. W. Lusby and J. O. Snodgrass founded the school in late 1919 as Christian Normal Institute, which trained public school teachers, In 2004 the school became authorized as a university and changed its name to Kentucky Christian University. KCU designates itself as “The Great Commission University” due to its combination of biblical studies, liberal arts, and professional studies in curriculum.

Kentucky Christian University offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. There are 27 majors in eight schools (School of Art and Science, the Sack School of Bible and Ministry, the School of Business, the Keeran School of Education, the School of Music, the Yancy School of Nursing, the School of Social Work and Human Services, and the Graduate School) at KCU. KCU's four most popular majors are Teacher Education, Nursing (BSN), Vocational Ministry, and Business Administration.

Kentucky Christian University has 606 students (564 undergraduate) and 56 faculty members, giving the university a 15 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 40 teach full-time and 16 teach part-time. Of all students, about 95% study full-time and about 5% study part-time. The student body contains 47% female students and 53% male students. About 83% of all students are White with the remaining students being Black and Hispanic. Most students (93%) are ages 24 and under with 7% of students being ages 25 and above. About 50% of students are from Kentucky and 50% of students are from out-of-state. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 67% and the overall graduation rate is 44%.

Chapel services are held twice a week and is required for students to attend. There is also a dress code based on modesty. The following curfews are enacted on campus: from Sunday evening-Thursday evening the curfew is midnight and on Friday and Saturday evening the curfew is 1:00 AM.

Special learning opportunities available to students include teacher certification and distance learning. Students have access to services such as remedial tutoring, academic counseling, and career counseling. Athletic teams available for men include basketball, football, soccer, and cross-country and athletic teams available for women include basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, and cheerleading.

Tuition costs $15,150 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,200 per year. On-campus housing costs $6,500 per year with an average of $4,778 needed for additional living expenses. Meal plans are offered at different prices. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $6,500 per year with $11,320 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. About 99% of KCU students receive financial aid. FAFSA should be filled out as soon as possible after January 1.

Every year, around 700 students apply to Kentucky Christian University and 35% of those applicants are admitted into the university. Statistically, 37% of men and 32% of women who apply will be accepted. To be considered for enrollment, a student must submit a high school transcript and GPA, submit proof of completion of a college preparatory program, and submit admission test scores for ACT/SAT and TOEFL in addition to paying the $30 application fee. It is recommended for students to apply beginning September 1 so they will be considered for the December 1 scholarships deadline.

Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All programs requiring professional licensure (i.e. Nursing, Social Work, and Teacher Education) are professionally accredited.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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