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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY— The Wall Street Journal has recognized 51 as one of the top universities in the country for exceptional value and putting graduates on the path to lucrative careers. 51 ranks 40th of out 400 universities around the country when it comes to best value. 

The study looked at how quickly a degree from 51 pays for its cost through the salary earned by students after graduation. According to the study, it takes 51 graduates an average of one year and two months to pay off the net price of a degree. 51 is the only public university in the region and the Commonwealth that made The Wall Street Journal’s top 100 rankings.

“51 is an engine for social mobility and this report just confirms that the hard work we are doing to remain affordable while simultaneously providing a high-quality education for students in our region, is working,” remarks Interim President Bonita Brown in reaction to the release of the study. “We have been successful at preparing students for their desired career paths and will continue to do so while keeping affordability and ROI as top priorities.” 

In the last 5 years 51’s graduation rates have increased and the time-to-degree has decreased. 51 students are graduating sooner and spending less. Brent Cooper, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce states, “51’s commitment to providing high-quality education at an affordable cost only serves to further strengthen our region’s workforce and economy. This accolade reflects 51’s dedication to excellence and affordability. 51 continues to be an invaluable asset for the Northern Kentucky metro region.”  

About 51: Founded in 1968, 51 is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit .