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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

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Kentucky is ranked #10 in the country with 25,912 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $13,933 per year to get their degree at a college in Kentucky, while out of state students will pay an average of $20,194 per year.

An estimated 55% of college students in Kentucky take out loans, with the average 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.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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.

17% of Gateway students take out loans to afford college costs. 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

There are 12,196 students at Jefferson Community and Technical College in total, 3,131 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

18% of Jefferson Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,900 during the early-career years.

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.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from West Kentucky Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Somerset Community College

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

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

Roughly 21% of students at SCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SCC is $20,100.

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

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

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 1,430 full-time undergraduates at Owensboro Community and Technical College, and 3,901 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Owensboro Community and Technical College is $24,400.

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

The total student population at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College is 4,137, which includes 1,562 full-time undergraduates. 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%.

Students who graduate from SKYCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

The total student population at Maysville Community and Technical College is 3,446, which includes 1,186 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Maysville Community and Technical College is $21,600.

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.

Roughly 21% of students at ACTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,800 during the early-career years.

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.

Roughly 16% of students at Hazard Community and Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Hazard Community and Technical College is $20,200.

#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.

13% of Madisonville Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 1,391 full-time undergraduates at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and 2,426 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

27% of Big Sandy Community and Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 748 full-time undergraduates at Hopkinsville Community College, and 2,076 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at Hopkinsville Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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 1,004 full-time undergraduates at Southeast, and 2,505 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Southeast take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeast is $19,100.

#16

Sullivan University

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

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

Roughly 79% of students at Sullivan University take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

Students who graduate from Sullivan University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 73% of students at MedQuest College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

Roughly 59% of students at Eastern take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,188 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,800 during the early-career years.

#19

Western Kentucky University

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

There are 15,286 undergraduates at WKU, of which 11,749 are full-time, and there are 17,517 students altogether. For undergraduates at WKU, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

Roughly 54% of students at WKU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Murray State is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 77%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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

The total student population at Northern Kentucky University is 16,211, of which 11,507 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,024 are full-time. It takes the average NKU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 54% of students at NKU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NKU is $32,800.

#21

Morehead State University

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

There are 8,618 undergraduates at Morehead State University, of which 5,299 are full-time, and there are 9,304 students altogether. It takes the average Morehead State University undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 77% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at Morehead State University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,034 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.6% is close 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

The total student population at University of Kentucky is 29,986, of which 22,227 students are undergraduates and of those, 20,239 are full-time. 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.

47% of UK students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UK is $36,900.

#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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,700 during the early-career years.

#25

PJ's College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green

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

There are 232 full-time undergraduates at PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green, and 262 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Roughly 100% of students at PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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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