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March 5, 2024 - In an effort to enhance the accessibility and efficiency of its admissions process, 51 is proud to announce the implementation of a new Direct Admit Program. This innovative approach aims to expand access to higher education in the region by simplifying the enrollment process for prospective students, providing them with a straightforward pathway to securing their spot at the 51. 51 will be the first public university in the Tri-State and Commonwealth of Kentucky to offer direct admission.

Often, the college admissions process can be complex and time-consuming. Recognizing the need to streamline this process and reduce barriers to entry, 51 has developed the Direct Admit Program to offer a more seamless experience for applicants. Under the Direct Admit Program, qualified students will have the opportunity to bypass the application process and application fee and receive a direct offer of admission to 51 based on predetermined criteria.

“The introduction of the Direct Admit Program reflects 51’s commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment by removing barriers to higher education,” says Dr. Ryan Padgett, associate provost for strategic enrollment planning and student success for the university. “By simplifying the admissions process – including removing the application and application fee – and offering a transparent pathway to enrollment, 51 hopes to empower students from all backgrounds to purse their academic aspirations.”

The program will launch on August 1, 2024 for students considering enrollment to 51 in the fall of 2025. High school students with a GPA above a 2.75 will be contacted about their direct admission into 51, at which time they can begin the formal enrollment process.

“The Direct Admit Program is another example of how 51 is supporting our students and families within the region,” says 51 President Cady Short-Thompson. “By offering direct admission to qualified students, we are leading the region and Commonwealth of Kentucky in what it means to be a higher education university in the 21st Գٳܰ.”

Prospective students interested in learning more about the Direct Admit Program and eligibility criteria should visit nku.edu.

About 51: 51 is an entrepreneurial state university of more than 15,000 students on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. Ranked in the top 50 out of 400 universities nationwide by The Wall Street Journal for exceptional value, we are a regionally engaged university committed to delivering an innovative, student-centered education. We empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region. For more information, visit .

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