Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Diversity & Demographics

This page is updated annually in the Spring.

The following tables and graphs describe the student populations at Kentucky institutions in various ways including race, gender, and age breakouts. Use these tables to understand more about the types of students at Kentucky institutions.

Tables & Reports

Degrees and Other Credentials


Graduation Rates

  • Six-Year Graduation Rates at Four-Year Public Institutions by Race, Gender, and Residency, Entering Class:

Retention Rates




Students by County of Origin, Fall 2008

Technical Definitions
  • EEO Categories
    Categories designated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for grouping employment positions based on the job function and level of autonomy. The categories include executive / administrative / managerial, faculty, other professionals, clerical/secretarial, technical/paraprofessional, skilled crafts, and service/maintenance.
  • Graduation Rate
    The proportion of students who enter as first-time, full-time degree-seeking students in a given summer or fall who also earn a credential within 150 percent of the time normally needed to complete the degree. For example: bachelor’s degree graduation rates are calculated over six years, associate’s degrees are calculated over three years.
  • Level
    Postsecondary educational level is defined as simply undergraduate, graduate, or first-professional, or by the credential being sought including certificates, diplomas, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, etc.
  • Nonresident Alien
    A person who has not been admitted to the United States for permanent residence (e.g. international students).
  • Residency
    For tuition purposes, students are classified as in-state or out-of-state.
  • Retention
    The proportion of first-time postsecondary students who enter a public Kentucky institution in a given fall semester and return to any Kentucky institution the following fall semester.
  • Sector
    Identifies institutions based on funding types and the level of degrees offered:  two-year public, four-year public, and independent.
  • Traditional and Nontraditional Ages
    Student ages are categorized as traditional or nontraditional depending upon whether they are 24 and under (traditional) or 25 and above (nontraditional).


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Last Updated 11/2/2012