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International Profile

Experience life at Eastern Kentucky University, a prestigious institution that offers challenging academic programs along with dynamic student life enrichment 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 for the financial return you’ll receive on your investment.

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 as well as communicate well. This truth applies to all disciplines and careers, and it’s why you will see an intentional effort by our faculty to develop and hone these skills that employers most desire in our students.

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. Whatever your major, this nationally respected program for academically talented and highly motivated students can add another dimension to your Eastern Experience. The Honors Program stresses even more the development of your critical and creative thinking and communication skills and provides numerous presentation opportunities on the national stage.

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 over 230 clubs and organizations, numerous intramural sports and outdoor adventures, an active Greek life, Living Learning Communities in our residence halls, and meaningful community service opportunities. You can also enjoy some of the world’s leading entertainers at our spacious, on-campus 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. EKU experiences all four seasons, with an average high temperature of 29 Celsius and an average low temperature of -2 Celsius. Our outstanding facilities include a new science building that has drawn raves from students. It’s for good reason EKU is called “The Campus Beautiful.”

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.

Intensive English Instruction @ EKU
• For more than 50 years, ELS Language Centers have helped thousands of students from more than 150 countries learn English.

• EKU partners with ELS Educational Services to provide conditional admission for students who are academically qualified but do not meet English language proficiency requirements at the time of application to EKU.

• The Richmond ELS Language Center is centrally located on EKU’s Main Campus, and students receive regular visits from EKU Admissions to help students transition from ELS to EKU. Scholarships are available to ELS—Richmond graduates of level 112.

• Learn more about this program at rch@els.edu or admissions.eku.edu/international-admissions for scholarship information.



Whether you prefer the peace and quiet of a small town or all the buzz of a large city, EKU offers the best of both worlds. Our main campus is located in Richmond, Kentucky, a fast-growing but still quiet community of 33,500 where the Bluegrass region and all of 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 314,500. Other large cities within an easy two-hour, all-interstate drive are Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Knoxville, Tennessee.


EKU Facts
• 16,844 students representing 45 countries and all 50 states
• 311 international students
• 16:1 student-faculty ratio
• Teaching institution
• 98% of faculty with a PhD
• 1 of only 12 academically accredited co-op and internship programs

Type of School: Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, residential public institution established in 1906.

Size of Campus: Though the University has multiple campus locations, our primary campus in Richmond, Kentucky, is 892 acres (3.61 square kilometers) in size.

Number of Students: 16,844 (14,327 undergraduate, 2,517 graduate)

Number of Faculty: 667 full-time faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: EKU offers more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, associate, and doctoral levels. Many are nationally prominent, including:
• Apparel Design & Merchandising
• Aviation
• Business
• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
• Environmental Health Science
• Forensic Science
• Music
• Nursing
• Psychology

For a full list, visit programs.eku.edu.

Geographic Diversity: Students come from every county in Kentucky, all 50 US states, and ~45 other countries.

International Student Services: EKU Office of International Student and Scholar Services assists students with immigration issues, counseling, personal advising, social events and activities, and emergencies.

International Student Budget:
Tuition    $    17,880
Room and Board $    4,986
Books, Supplies, and Miscellaneous$    4,800
Total    $    27,666

Financial Aid: For undergraduate students, up to $5,000 annually for up to four years; minimum qualifications for award considerations are TOEFL scores of 71 (IELTS 6.0) and cumulative secondary school scores of 80% (3.0) or higher.

Test Score Requirements: To obtain English language competency, undergraduates must have a minimum score in one of the following: TOEFL 71 with at least 16 in all remaining bands, IELTS 6.0 overall with no less than a 5.0 in all remaining categories, SAT Critical Reading 470 or Writing 430, or ACT 18 in English or 18 in Reading.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Students must be accepted for fall semester by August 1, spring semester by December 1, and summer terms by May 1. The application processing fee is $35.