|Kentucky State University, also known as KSU, is a public institution located in Frankfort, Kentucky, United States. It was established in the year 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. The campus of KSU spreads across an area of more than 510 acres. The student body consists of a large number of African-American students. KSu offers degrees in arts and science and professional studies.
KSU’s athletic teams are known as the Thorobreds. They compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The Thorobreds participate in volleyball, baseball, basketball, softball, and golf, among others.
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|Undergrad Population: 2606
Graduate Population: 245
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $6210
Out of State Tuition: $14904
Room & Board: $6480
Applications Due: Rolling Admissions ($30)
|Conference: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 44%
Percent Women: 56%
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|From its modest beginnings as a small normal school for the training of black teachers for the black schools of Kentucky, Kentucky State University has grown and evolved to become the state’s unique, small, liberal studies institution, serving students without regard to their race, age, sex, national origin, or economic status.
The university was chartered in May 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons, only the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. During the euphoria of Frankfort’s 1886 centennial celebration, when vivid recollections of the Civil War remained, the city’s 4,000 residents were keenly interested in having the new institution located in Frankfort. Toward that end, the city donated $1,500, a considerable amount in 1886 dollars, and a site on a scenic bluff overlooking the town. This united display of community enthusiasm and commitment won the day. The new college was located in Frankfort in spite of competition from several other cities.
Recitation Hall (now Jackson Hall), the college’s first building, was erected in 1887. The new school opened on October 11, 1887 with three teachers, 55 students, and John H. Jackson as president.
In 1890, KSU became a land grant college, and the departments of home economics, agriculture and mechanics were added to the school’s curriculum. The school produced its first graduating class of five students in the spring of that year. A high school was organized in 1893. This expansion continued into the 20th century in both name and program. In 1902, the name was changed to Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons. The name was changed again in 1926 to Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons. In the early 1930’s, the high school was discontinued, and in 1938 the school was named the Kentucky State College for Negroes. The term ”for Negroes” was dropped in 1952. Kentucky State College became a university in 1972, and in 1973 the first graduate students enrolled in its School of Public Affairs.
Over the past 30 years, more than 30 new structures or major building expansions have enhanced Kentucky State University’s 511-acre campus, which includes a 203-acre agricultural research farm.
Kentucky State University is the smallest of Kentucky’s public universities with an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students and 155 full-time instructional faculty members.
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