Northern Kentucky University Quick Facts

Sunday, July 01, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Northern Kentucky University has become the Atlantic Sun Conference’s newest member. To familiarize yourself with important facts related to the Norse athletics tradition, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know about NKU athletics.

Founded: 1968
Enrollment: 15,748
Nickname: Norse
Colors: Gold, Athletic Gray and Black
Mascot: Victor E. Viking
Previous Conference Affiliations: Great Lakes Valley Conference (1985-Present)
Athletics Website:

Sponsored Sports: Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

National Championships:
• Men’s Soccer:
Women’s Basketball: 2007-08, 1999-2000

GLVC Championships:
• Baseball:
2009, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
Men’s Basketball: 2009, 2003, 1997, 1995
Women’s Basketball: 2009, 2006, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1991, 1988, 1987, 1986
Men’s Golf: 2010, 2007, 2006, 2001, 2000, 2012
Women’s Golf: 2008, 2005, 2003
Men’s Soccer: 2010, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1987
Women’s Soccer: 2009, 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998
Softball: 2009, 2005
Men’s Tennis: 2004, 2003, 1990, 1987, 1986
Women’s Tennis: 2004, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1987
Volleyball: 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995, 1985

State of Kentucky Facts
• State Nickname:
The Bluegrass State
• Birthplace of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (Hodgenville)
• Kentucky Fried Chicken originated at Harland Sanders’ service station in North Corbin, Ky.
• Owensboro known as “Barbeque Capital of the World,” hosts International Bar-B-Que Festival
• Home to “The Father of Bluegrass,” Bill Monroe (Rosine, Ky.)
• Home to the world’s longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. Northern Kentucky University will officially join the Atlantic Sun on July 1, 2012.