New report places NKU in top tier of colleges for economic mobility

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Northern Kentucky University is in the top tier of colleges and universities in the United States regarding economic mobility and the return on investment for low-income students and Pell Grant recipients, according to a new report by public policy think tank Third Way. 

“This new report is a reflection that NKU is well on its way to realizing its vision of becoming nationally recognized as an institution that empowers diverse learners for economic and social mobility,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “The faculty and staff here work hard each day to create real opportunity for our students.” 

NKU, ranked nationally at No. 241 in the Third Way Economic Mobility Index, is the only Greater Cincinnati college or university in the top tier. Alice Lloyd College is the only other institution in the Commonwealth that ranked in the top tier. 

The Third Way Economic Mobility Index aims to rank and evaluate universities based on how they serve low-income students, according to its website. The tier system breaks down the rankings by placement percentage. By placing in the top tier, NKU is among the top 20 percent in economic mobility. 

This is the latest in a series of recognitions NKU has received for providing the best value educational experience in Greater Cincinnati and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In March, SmartAsset ranked NKU No. 1 on return on investment in Kentucky. More recently, World’s Universities with Real Impact named NKU as one of the most innovative universities in the world, higher than any institution in the Greater Cincinnati region and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

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To read more on the Third Way report and its methodology, click here.

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