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Life @ NKU


Welcome to NKU

Being a student at NKU means you will have more than a great classroom experience. Enjoy co-curricular learning opportunities from direct leadership training to interpersonal learning through active involvement with student organizations, campus activities and Greek life.

Our lively campus community will welcome you and offer you endless opportunities to build lifelong skills, get involved, and create lasting relationships with others in the process. With a calendar that is filled year-round with activities and events, you'll find there's never a dull moment at NKU.


It's easy to get involved.

We have more than
200 student organizations.

Student life at NKU

Be Radiant

Do Something that lights you up every day.



Mariah Manson

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Elementary Education

Mariah and Maya Manson

Maya Manson

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Elementary Education



On a break from classes, chatting away at a corner table in Starbucks, Mariah reaches over to a loose tag on her twin sister Maya’s shirt and tucks it away from sight.

It just goes to show they have each other’s back, even with the little things. Maya and Mariah Manson from Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio, share just about everything, from each other’s jewelry, to their dorm room and the same birthday.

But that’s not all they share.

They have nearly perfect GPAs, and they’re both a part of organizations like NKU R.O.C.K.S. [Learn more inside NKU], designed to help African American students navigate the transition to college. The program was a stepping-stone that helped the twins explore NKU’s resources and provided a support system to help them grow. 


Not only did R.O.C.K.S. boost their confidence, it also gave them the tools for leadership, the ability to build and use networks on campus, and the skills for keeping a balanced schedule. 

This led to their “what’s next” mentality. They felt the need to go further than just academics. They wanted to branch out and be a part of the Norse community. 

“I think R.O.C.K.S. gave me confidence and support to be the very best I can be,” Maya says.


African American Student Affairs




Greek Life

Writing Your Own Chapters

Fraternities and sororities are the largest, most visible, and most active groups on the NKU campus. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life advises and supports our community of 19 total organizations  (soon to be 21) along with the Inter-Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council.









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Latino Programs & Services




Community Service at NKU
Service learning through Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project


Stitched with Love

Northern Kentucky University students and faculty members included messages like these with 163 pillowcases they sewed for the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati—enough for each child that stays in the house for a month. Ronald McDonald House averages 2,000 families each year.  [Learn More]

The Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project

Designed to use a "learn by giving" approach in the college classroom. Every semester select university courses are named Mayerson courses, are given a sum of money, and are asked to evaluate nonprofits and then invest in those they think will make the most effective use of the funds (typically, $1,000 per nonprofit).



NKU students logged over 7,500 hours community service totaling $150k local economic impact


Man diving into a swimming pool




At NKU, recreation is more than having fun. It's a lifestyle.

Our mission is to enhance student and university community success by advocating and providing inclusive, developmental opportunities that promote student engagement, lifelong learning and healthy behaviors."


LGBTQ Programs & Services






Student Union

A modern and dramatic addition to Northern Kentucky University's architecture, the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union establishes a new focal point for campus life. Expansive glass exterior walls and sky lights create light-filled spaces and contribute to the building's feeling of openness and spacious accessibility.



Students in the Student Union building



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