Kentucky State University is the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most affordable public university and is now recognized as one of the best values among regional colleges in the South.

In the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Kentucky State University ranked second as one of the best value schools among regional colleges in the South.

According to the methodology used by U.S. News and World Report for the category, only schools ranked in the top half of their 2020 Best Colleges ranking categories were considered for the Best Value Schools list. Other factors included in determining the ranks were the ratio of quality to price, the percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based grants and the average discount applied by the school.

Kentucky State ranked sixth among the top public schools among regional colleges in the South.

Among regional colleges in the South, Kentucky State ranked 20th in campus ethnic diversity.

According to the methodology, schools whose enrollment is made up of mostly just one ethnic group will not score highly using the ethnic diversity index because students are highly unlikely to encounter others from different ethnic backgrounds on campus.

In a new ranking, Kentucky State ranked 26th for top performers on social mobility among regional colleges in the South. The ranking is computed from the two ranking factors assessing graduation rates of Pell-awarded students.

Kentucky State also ranked 31st in the best regional colleges in the South category.

Kentucky State was ranked 35th among Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Kentucky was also named one of the top four top public schools among regional colleges in the South.