Northern Kentucky University is a growing metropolitan university of approximately 15,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU has become a leader in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. In fall 2018, we celebrated the construction and opening of the $105 million Health Innovation Center (HIC), home of NKU’s College of Health Professionals and the Institute for Health Innovation. St. Elizabeth Healthcare invested $8 million to construct and equip the two-story Simulation Center. In 2008, we opened the Truist Arena, a $60 million, 9,400-seat arena for basketball games and other events, as well as our $37 million, 144,000-square-foot student union building.
After a successful stint in Division II, NKU transitioned to Division I is 2012-13. Success has continued at the Division I level, highlighted by the men’s basketbal...l team qualifying for the NCAA Tournament or NIT in four of the last five years, which includes three NCAA Tournament qualifications. Women’s soccer has both a Horizon League regular-season and tournament championship to go along with a berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Volleyball won the 2019 Horizon League Tournament and qualified as one of two Horizon League teams to reach the NCAA Tournament that season. Individual success has also been prominent for Norse student-athletes. Men’s golfer Jacob Poore won the 2018 Horizon League Championship and competed in the Columbus Region of the 2018 NCAA Championship. Griffin Doersching not only competed in the 2019 Rocket Mortgage College Home Run Derby, but the slugger belted an astounding 20 homers in the final round to win the event on ESPN. Two Norse have also been named All-Americans, with men’s basketball player Drew McDonald garnering AP All-American Honorable Mention status in 2019 and women’s soccer player Kailey Ivins earning a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third-Team this past year.
NKU student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom as well, posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.42 in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. This marks 20-straight semesters in which Norse student-athletes have registered at least a 3.0, 14 in a row at or above a 3.2 and 8-consecutive with at least a 3.37 GPA. The fall 2020 semester featured 109 student-athletes that posted individual GPA’s of at least 3.60, while the spring 2021 semester featured 104 student-athletes. Approximately 60 student-athletes have garnered academic or scholar all-America status from either CoSIDA or their respective coaches associations.