Experience life at Eastern Kentucky University, a prestigious institution that offers challenging academic programs along with dynamic student life opportunities.
An investment in your future
When you consider value, Eastern Kentucky University rises to the top with our combination of quality and affordability. EKU is widely praised for academic rigor and the financial return you’ll receive on your investment. Our nationally recognized programs in American Sign Language and English Interpretation, Aviation, Fire Safety, Nursing, Occupational Safety, and Occupational Science prepare graduates to meet the challenges of rewarding careers.
Best of both worlds
Whether you prefer the peace and quiet of a small town or the buzz of a large city, you can find it here. Our main campus is located in Richmond, Kentucky, a fast-growing but still quiet community of 32,000 where the Bluegrass Region and all its scenic horse farms meet the foothills of the rugged Appalachian Mountains. Just 25 miles north, an easy drive on I-75, is Kentucky’s second-largest city, Lexington, population 305,000. Other large cities within an easy two-hour, all-interstate drive are Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Knoxville, Tennessee.
Not too big, not too small
You’ll discover EKU, with 16,000 students, is large enough to offer all the academic choices (108 undergraduate degree programs with many options) and extracurricular activities you expect from a university this size, yet small enough to retain that personal touch. With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, you’ll be treated as an individual.
Culture of caring
Our distinguished faculty and dedicated staff take a personal interest in your success. The emphasis at EKU is on teaching and mentoring, and most of your classes will be taught by full-time faculty. You’ll also be assisted along the way by a vast network of student support services such as a transfer transition center, an accredited cooperative education program, and career services.
Think critically, communicate well
Once you graduate, the qualities that will set you apart from your peers are a proven ability to think critically and creatively and communicate well. This truth applies to all disciplines and careers, and that’s why you’ll see an intentional effort by our faculty to develop and hone the skills in our students that employers most desire.
Honors Program: a national leader
EKU’s Honors Program consistently leads all other college and university honors programs in the United States in participation in regional and national conferences. Students transferring to Eastern from another college honors program are eligible to join the EKU Honor’s Program by submitting a letter of good standing from their previous honors advisor. Whatever your major, this nationally respected program for academically talented and highly motivated students can add another dimension to your Eastern Experience.
Expand your world
You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons through EKU’s study abroad program and numerous exchange programs with institutions worldwide. Even if you choose to complete all of your study within the United States, you’ll grow just from your interaction on campus with a diverse student body that includes nearly 350 international students along with students from all 50 states.
Make friends, play hard
Yes, we take your academic growth and success seriously, but we also know that if you’re making new friends and enjoying activities outside the classroom, you’ll enhance your overall college experience. That’s why we offer nearly 200 clubs and organizations, numerous intramural sports and outdoor adventures, an active Greek life, performing arts opportunities, dynamic Living Learning Communities in our residence halls, and year-round opportunities for meaningful community service. You can even enjoy some of the world’s leading entertainers at our spacious Center for the Arts.
The Campus Beautiful
One of the first things you’ll notice about our Richmond campus is its beauty. The attractively landscaped grounds are awash in colorful flowers much of the year, and an occasional winter snow—we average about 12 inches a year—paints the campus in a different light. Our outstanding facilities include a new state-of-the-art science building that has drawn raves from students. It’s for good reason we are called “The Campus Beautiful.”
See for yourself
If seeing is believing, plan your visit now to experience our hospitality in person and see for yourself why EKU is such a special place to learn and grow. To schedule a campus visit, go to soto.eku.edu/eku-campus-visits. Meanwhile, we invite you to hear straight from the true experts—our current students—what makes EKU great and why they’re glad they chose us. Visit our Virtual Campus Experience at admissions.eku.edu. We look forward to welcoming you to Colonel Country very soon.
Making Your Transition Easy
• EKU has a strong reputation for being transfer-friendly, welcoming more than 2,000 new transfers annually.
• We work hard to help maximize your previously earned credits toward your selected degree program.
• We realize this is an investment in your future and are willing to invest in the best and brightest with our transfer scholarships.
• Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and transfer at least 24 post-high school hours are automatically eligible to receive one of four scholarships.
• Visit scholarships.eku.edu to view scholarship award amounts based on GPA and associated deadlines.
EKU offers more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, associate, and doctoral levels. Many are nationally prominent, including:
• American Sign Language & English Interpretation
• Animal Studies
• Athletic Training
• Criminal Justice
• Environmental Health Science
• Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation
• Forensic Science
• Occupational Therapy
• PGA Professional Golf Management
For a full list, see programs.eku.edu
Location: Richmond, Kentucky, with regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, Manchester, and Somerset
President: Dr. Michael T. Benson
Enrollment: 16,000 (12,000 undergraduate, 4,000 graduate) from every county in Kentucky, all U.S. states, and ~40 other countries
Accreditations: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), plus numerous program-level national accreditations
Student-Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Tuition: Resident undergraduates: $4,075 per semester; non-Kentucky undergraduates: $8,820 per semester
On-Campus Living: 13 residence halls and one efficiency apartment complex
Intercollegiate Athletics: NCAA Division I (I-AA in football)
Athletics Nickname: Colonels