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72 Colleges
25,912 Yearly Graduations
$55,733 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,991 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Kentucky ranked #10 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 25,912 students received some type of diploma that year. Kentucky colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,933 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $20,194 per year.

About 55% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,748 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
2,408 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,221 full-time undergraduates at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and 10,180 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

31% of Bluegrass Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,398 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,324 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,299 students at Gateway in total, 1,151 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,941 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gateway with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
2,124 Yearly Degrees
$4,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Jefferson Community and Technical College is 12,196, which includes 3,131 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,152 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Jefferson Community and Technical College is $23,900.

Public Public vs. Private
2,046 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,893 students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in total, 1,762 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,358 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from West Kentucky Community and Technical College is $22,900.

#5

Somerset Community College

Somerset, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
1,701 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,048 full-time undergraduates at SCC, and 4,837 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,506 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,631 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,850 students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in total, 2,160 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

14% of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,028 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,800 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,399 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Owensboro Community and Technical College is 3,901, which includes 1,430 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

14% of Owensboro Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,838 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,400 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,365 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,562 full-time undergraduates at SKYCTC, and 4,137 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 16% of students at SKYCTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,193 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,349 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,446 students at Maysville Community and Technical College in total, 1,186 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,152 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Maysville Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
1,274 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,400 students at ACTC in total, 1,129 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,187 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 23.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ACTC is $22,800.

Public Public vs. Private
971 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,630 students at Hazard Community and Technical College in total, 978 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 16% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,283 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Hazard Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
930 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,104 students at Madisonville Community College in total, 1,019 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,688 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Madisonville Community College is $24,700.

#13

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
812 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,426 students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in total, 1,391 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 27% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,954 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 27.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Big Sandy Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
752 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,076 students at Hopkinsville Community College in total, 748 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

7% of Hopkinsville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,740 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hopkinsville Community College is $22,600.

Public Public vs. Private
606 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,505 students at Southeast in total, 1,004 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

18% of Southeast students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,103 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Southeast with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
392 Yearly Degrees
$13,500 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,165 students at Sullivan University in total, 2,625 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,639 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

79% of Sullivan University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $14,768 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Sullivan University is $26,000.

#17

MedQuest College

Louisville, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
317 Yearly Degrees

There are 337 full-time undergraduates at MedQuest College, and 337 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at MedQuest College. The freshman retention rate is 96%.

73% of MedQuest College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,811 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#18

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
302 Yearly Degrees
$9,876 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,070 undergraduates at Eastern, of which 9,572 are full-time, and there are 14,465 students altogether. For undergraduates at Eastern, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,188 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
287 Yearly Degrees
$10,802 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Kentucky University is 17,517, of which 15,286 students are undergraduates and of those, 11,749 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WKU is 4.5 years.

Around 98% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at WKU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,946 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WKU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
272 Yearly Degrees
$9,168 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,863 undergraduates at Murray State, of which 6,149 are full-time, and there are 9,449 students altogether. It takes the average Murray State undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

50% of Murray State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,706 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
220 Yearly Degrees
$10,296 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,507 undergraduates at NKU, of which 8,024 are full-time, and there are 16,211 students altogether. It takes the average NKU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 87% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

54% of NKU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,052 a year. NKU has a 7.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from NKU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Morehead State University

Morehead, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
220 Yearly Degrees
$9,290 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,304 students at Morehead State University in total, 8,618 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,299 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Morehead State University is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,034 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
164 Yearly Degrees
$12,484 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,227 undergraduates at UK, of which 20,239 are full-time, and there are 29,986 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at UK is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 47% of students at UK take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,087 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,900 during the early-career years.

#24

Henderson Community College

Henderson, Kentucky
Public Public vs. Private
142 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Henderson Community College is 1,331, which includes 422 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Henderson Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,600 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Henderson Community College is $24,700.

#25

PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
129 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green is 262, which includes 232 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

100% of PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,006 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green is $14,300.

Other Kentucky Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 ATA College 128
27 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville 117
28 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington 98
29 American National University - Lexington 83
30 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville 77
31 Beckfield College - Florence 72
32 Ross Medical Education Center - Erlanger 68
33 Medical Career & Technical College 65
34 Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education 64
35 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington 61
36 Ross Medical Education Center - Owensboro 52
37 Ross College-Hopkinsville 51
38 Lexington Healing Arts Academy 48
39 American College of Barbering 46
40 Empire Beauty School-Dixie 45
41 Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training 42
42 Spalding University 39
43 Empire Beauty School-Hurstborne 36
44 Empire Beauty School-Elizabethtown 34
45 Barrett and Company School of Hair Design 33
45 Empire Beauty School-Florence 33
47 Union College Kentucky 32
48 Empire Beauty School-Chenoweth 30
48 Daymar College - Bowling Green 30
50 University of Louisville 28
51 Appalachian Beauty School 27
52 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology 26
53 Midway University 24
53 Georgetown College 24
53 Ideal Beauty Academy 24
56 Trend Setters' Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville 22
57 Trend Setters' Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville 21
58 Bellarmine University 20
58 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow 20
60 University of the Cumberlands 19
60 Interactive College of Technology - Newport 19
62 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology 18
63 Berea College 15
64 Tri-State Barber College 13
64 Kentucky Wesleyan College 13
64 Regina Webb Academy 13
67 Trend Setters' Academy of Beauty Culture-Elizabethtown 12
68 Brescia University 9
68 South Eastern Beauty Academy 9
70 Thomas More University 8
71 Campbellsville University 7
72 Asbury University 0

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