Aug 18, 2017


Kentucky is a state in the eastern part of the United States, and shares borders with Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Often referred to as the bluegrass state or the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the state is one of four U.S. states to officially use the term commonwealth in their name. The others are Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts. Frankfort is the state capital, while Louisville and Lexington are the two largest cities. The state's total population is estimated at 4,395,295 according to data from the US Census Bureau.

KentuckyKentucky is renowned for its extensive waterways, and ranks only second to Alaska in this regard. The state boasts several major rivers, including the Mississippi, Ohio, Big Sandy, Tennessee, Cumberland and Licking rivers. Kentucky is also home to the Kentucky Derby, one of the most famous and prestigious horse races in the world.

Agriculture, manufacturing, mining and services are the leading sectors driving Kentucky's economy. Livestock and livestock products account for about 66 percent of Kentucky's agricultural economy, with thoroughbred horses and beef cattle constituting the state's most important livestock products. Manufacturing accounts for one out of seven jobs in Kentucky. Kentucky is a major hub for automobile manufacturing and assembly and the industry supports more than 65,000 jobs. It is also one of the leading coal producing states in the country. There are five Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in the state, namely, Humana, Yum! Brands, Ashland Inc, General Cable Corporation, and Kindred Healthcare.

Kentucky has nine public institutions and several independent colleges. Major public colleges include University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Morehead State University.There are sixteen two year colleges, which are governed by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Top Reasons to Study in Kentucky

  • Cost of Living: Kentucky has the lowest cost of living in the country, according to a 2014 report by CNBC.
  • Employment Prospects:Kentucky is rated one of the best places to start and grow a business in the country. According to the 2014 annual State Entrepreneurship Index (SEI), Kentucky ranked fourth in the country for its ability to create businesses, coming behind North Dakota, California and NewYork. In addition, the state provides excellent prospects in the automobile manufacturing, transportation and logistics industries. There are over 400 automotive related plants in the state, including major car manufacturers like Ford, GM and Toyota. DHL and UPS have major operations in the state.
  • Quality of Life: Kentucky boasts some of the finest state parks and farmlands. The bluegrass state is home to a vibrant equine industry and hosts the world-famous annual Kentucky Derby.  

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Kentucky, contact the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education



College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of the Cumberlands Biology,Business,Interdisciplinary Studies Private >10,000 Request Info
Berea College Business,Education,Visual/Performance Arts Private >10,000 Request Info
Murray State University English,International Relations,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Louisville Business,Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Western Kentucky University Education,Liberal Arts,Security/ Protective Services Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Kentucky Communications,Journalism,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info