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Kentucky State University (KSU, or less commonly, KYSU, to differentiate from Kansas State Universitymarker) is a four-year institution of higher learning, located in Frankfort, Kentuckymarker, the Commonwealth's capital. The school is an historically black university, which desegregated in 1954. It is also an 1890 Land Grant university which serves the citizens of Kentucky through its cooperative extension program. More than half of the student body is African-American today. It is listed as "A Best Southeastern College" by the Princeton Review and as a U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges 2007."


The school was chartered in 1886 and opened in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. In 1890, the U.S. Government made the school a land grant institution. In 1902, the name of the school was changed to the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons, which was changed again in 1926 to the Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons. In 1938, the school became known as the Kentucky State College for Negroes (the "for Negroes" was dropped in 1952). The college became a full-fledged university in 1972. In 1973, Kentucky State offered its first graduate programs.

An adjoining high school was in operation from the late 1890s until the early 1930s.


Kentucky State University is currently divided into three main colleges:
  • College of Arts, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Mathematics, Sciences, Technology and Health
  • College of Professional Studies

Notable alumni

Note some alumni information provided by Kentucky State University Online and University of Kentucky's Notable Kentucky African Americans Database


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