Kentucky State University (KSU) is a four-year institution of higher learning located in Frankfort, Kentucky, USA. The University was chartered in May 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons.

The University has the following colleges: College of Arts, Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies; College of Mathematics, Sciences, Technology, and Health; College of Professional Studies.

Kentucky State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the University holds full membership or accreditation from 53 state, regional, and national educational or professional organizations.

The School of Business is fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The School of Public Administration has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) since 1973. The School of Nursing Associate Degree program and RN-BSN Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The Teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The University is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Notable KSU alumni include: Tom Colbert (first African-American Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice), Luska Twyman (Former mayor of Glasgow, Ky; first Black mayor of a Kentucky city), Dr. Harrison B. Wilson (the second President of Norfolk State College), Marsha Harpool (First African-American Mayor of the city of Blountstown, Florida), James T. Beaumont (elected the first African American councilman in La Grange, KY. in 1969), etc.

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 49th in Tier 1 in the category "Regional Colleges (South)" by US News & World Report 2011.

- Listed as "A Best Southeastern College" by the Princeton Review.

* Suggested Reading: Leading Universities in Kentucky

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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