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Diversity Profile

Experience life at Eastern Kentucky University, a prestigious institution that offers challenging academic programs along with dynamic student life enrichment opportunities. 

Experience life at Eastern Kentucky University, a prestigious institution that offers challenging academic programs along with dynamic student life enrichment opportunities.     

Best of both worlds
Whether you’re seeking 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 that 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 a personal touch. With a student-faculty ratio of 17:1, you’ll be treated as an individual. 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. Our accredited cooperative education program can connect you with work internships and co-op jobs that will help build your résumé in your field of study.

A commitment to diversity
Students from many nationalities and diverse backgrounds call EKU home. As a University community, Eastern Kentucky University is devoted to helping students question and answer their personal and collective notions of race, gender, economic status, language, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, exceptionality, and culture. The EKU Cultural Center is located in the heart of the Student Success Center and provides students with connections to campus resources, multicultural programs, and advocacy and support for understanding and respecting cultural differences while encouraging tolerance and inclusiveness. The Center promotes lifelong learning and global citizenship by providing programs, workshops, trainings, study groups, panel discussions, and events on cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence.

Beginning fall 2015, EKU is one of the first universities in the nation to offer a degree in social justice studies (SJS). The degree seeks to help students answer these fundamental questions: “Who do you want to be, and what role do you want to play in developing a more humane world?” Designed around an interdisciplinary approach, the program critically examines the cultural, economic, and political dynamics of societal conflict and struggles for social justice among and between various groups and institutions. Housed in the School of Justice Studies in the University’s College of Justice and Safety, the SJS degree serves as a complement to the existing programs focusing on criminal justice. The curriculum draws upon a variety of academic disciplines, such as American studies, anthropology, cultural and political geography, sociology, political economy, and cultural studies. The program pieces together diverse perspectives and viewpoints with the intent of developing a more robust understanding of justice and injustice for developing strategies by which problems can be overcome.

The SJS major seeks to engage students in rigorous academic study of pressing social problems and facilitate their civic engagement, while preparing students for careers in public, private, nonprofit, and community-based sectors of employment, including activism, alternative media, community organizing, conflict resolution, domestic nonprofit and social services, environmental advocacy, human relations, political campaigns, and public policy analysis.
EKU also offers minors in African American, Asian, women and gender, and veterans studies. Students will find a variety of academic and social support through programs such as NOVA, the Freshman Academy for underrepresented students, the Latino Student Success Center, the Dr. Rodney Gross Scholarship program, and other support services.

Regardless of the degree you seek or the career path you choose, you will find support to grow as a person with a greater perspective on the world by starting your journey at EKU.

Expand your world
Expand your horizons by exploring study abroad opportunities, joining one of our 200 clubs and organizations, getting fit playing intramural or club sports, or participating in our outdoor adventure programming. You’ll grow from your interaction with a diverse student body that includes nearly 350 international students along with students of diverse backgrounds from across the nation. Whether you want to go Greek or live in one of our unique Living and Learning Communities, you will find plenty of opportunities to live, learn, and grow.

See for yourself
Oftentimes seeing is believing, so plan your visit now to experience firsthand why EKU is a special place that feels like home. Go to admissions.eku.edu/visit to find a time that suits you best. Visit the Virtual Campus Experience at virtualtour.eku.edu to hear from our current students why they chose EKU and what makes it such a great place to begin your educational journey.




EKU Invests in You
The value of a college education is priceless; that is why EKU invests in you. To discover EKU’s financial commitment to your education, enter your test scores and unweighted GPA into our Scholarship Estimator.