Northern Kentucky University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: South
City/State: Highland Heights, KY
Locale: Medium City (100,000 to 500,000)
Student Population (FTE): 16,000
In-State Tuition: $8,100.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $10,500.00
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Institution Type:
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Residential Campus
Nonresidential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

The LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives office located in the Center for Student Inclusiveness collaborates with campus and community partners to cultivate a welcoming, inclusive campus for LGBTQA+ students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to offer consistent, visible, community-building, and identity-affirming programs to support student academic success. As a foundational practice of fostering a sense of belonging and creating connections, we promote education, advocacy, and awareness of LGBTQA+ issues and identities through Ally and Trans-Ally trainings, awareness programs, and academic and community partnerships. We are proud the LGBTQA+ community is visibly represented throughout our campus leadership and community. Our university president, cabinet members, faculty, and staff actively support the LGBTQA+ SI programs, activities, initiatives, and services. Overall, our commitment to our LGBTQA+ community is evident in who we are and how we engage with those we serve.

Our Synopsis

Some of the activities, resources, and programs that NKU students, faculty, and staff enjoy are: Resources: * Gender Neutral Housing - inclusive housing options for LGBTQA+ students * Name change procedure - Any student may change their name, pronouns, and gender identity on university records, regardless of legal name. Student Organizations – There are several LGBTQA+ student organizations at NKU, including: * Common Ground, NKU’s GSTA * The Gender Initiative, for transgender & non-binary students * Lavender Society – a social and educational organization for queer women, trans and feminine identified people * Friends of Dorothy - student organization for queer men, trans*, and masculine-identified people * Colours of Pride for LGBTQA+ students of color * LGBTQA Student Ambassadors, representatives of the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services Programs, including: * LGBTQA History Month * National Coming Out Day * National LGBTQA Center Awareness Day * Asexual Awareness Week * Transgender Day of Remembrance * Pride Week * Lavender Graduation

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Northern Kentucky University

“At NKU, the LGBTQA+ community is welcomed. When you are looking to get involved as an LGBTQA+ person, you will see yourself represented in leadership positions across campus, including fraternity and sorority life and student government. You don’t have to seek leadership positions only in LGBTQA+ organizations, because your voice is welcomed in every space across campus.”

— - SGA President and Lead LGBTQ Student Ambassador

"Coming from a small town where I never felt safe to be open about who I am to NKU has had a far greater impact than I thought possible. I began my time as a student by getting involved with the Office of LGBTQ Programs & Services. It was the first time in my life that I felt welcome and safe in talking about my sexual orientation. In the past three years, the office has helped me bloom into a leader in all of my organizations and supported my initiatives to push inclusivity in all sectors of student life.”

— - Senior, Bisexual, 21-years-old

Highlights & Organizations


Admissions Office

Northern Kentucky University Admissions Office

NKU Office of Admissions
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive, AC 400
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Phone: 800-637-9948

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Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Northern Kentucky University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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