Northern Kentucky University starts a new year with new changes

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The 2013 school year at Northern Kentucky University begins Monday and the freshman class is said to be the most academically qualified class in its history.

NKU president, Geoffrey Mearns, says they estimate the average ACT score of this year’s freshman class will be 23.3, compared to a 20.7 average score in 2005.

Mearns says the progress over the past few years is a reflection of the University’s academic programs.

Applications for this year’s freshman class increased by more than 20 percent, compared to the fall of 2012, and the university has also increased the diversity of the student body.

There is a 13 percent increase in the number of African American students in this year’s freshman class.

The new school year also brings a new athletic director, Ken Bothof, after its previous director, Scott Eaton, was fired in March following an investigation into inappropriate relationships he had with staff members.

9 On Your Side reporter Shannon Kettler contributed to this report.

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