KSU is a land-grant and liberal arts institution, chartered in 1886. It began as a small normal school, the State Normal School for Colored Persons, for the training of Black teachers for Black schools in Kentucky. Departments of home economics, agriculture and mechanics were added to the schools’ curriculum by 1890. The term “for Negroes” wasn’t dropped from the school name until 1952. With an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students and 135 faculty members–the lowest among public institutions of higher learning in Kentucky–today, KSU maintains a 311-acre agricultural research farm and a 306-acre environmental education center.
Notable Alumni Include: first African-American Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice, Tom Colbert;Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Moneta Sleet, Jr.; and former civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr.