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EKU Invests in You
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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 33,500 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 314,500. 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 16,844 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 16:1, 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.

Where science comes alive
EKU is the home to Kentucky’s newest and most advanced Science Education Center. In October 2014 the University broke ground on phase two, which will add 25 new teaching labs, 31 new research labs, and 17 preparation labs specially designed for collaborative research among faculty and students and hands-on learning. The 158,000-sq. ft. addition, scheduled to open in 2017, will house EKU’s nationally renowned biological science programs of Forensic Science and Wildlife Management, as well as its new and fast-growing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) program in the Department of Geography and Geology.

Designated as a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College, EKU was rated in the top 125 schools in the nation in providing outstanding STEM instruction. The ranking survey rated schools on how effectively they align their academic programs to high-demand, high-paying STEM jobs, how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields, and their success in attracting and supporting diverse students and faculties in STEM fields. EKU was one of a handful of schools to achieve Gold Status, the highest possible rank. 

If you’re interested in the field of engineering, explore EKU’s award-winning Applied Engineering Management (AEM) program. Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), the program prepares graduates for supervisory and technical engineering management positions in industry such as production supervision, product development, quality control, maintenance super-vision, project management, production control, and other related areas.

And if your aspirations are “sky high,” consider earning your Wings of Gold through EKU’s premier Professional Flight Aviation program. EKU is a national leader in pioneering the new FAA-restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) authorization as part of our commercial pilot curriculum. EKU is the only university in the nation offering either 100 or 150 multi-engine flight hours as part of our pilot training. Professional flight students can receive FAA flight certification as a private pilot, instrument pilot, commercial pilot, and instructor pilot. Our students will also earn the coveted FAA-endorsed “1,000-hour power” certificate, which provides quicker access to the cockpit rather than completing 1,500 total aircraft hours before taking the ATP exam.  

EKU also offers the first bachelor’s degree program focusing on game design in the state of Kentucky. The EKU Gaming Institute focuses on the design, development, and publication of video games within an academic context. 

Expand your world
Expand your horizons by exploring study abroad opportunities, joining one of our 230 clubs and organizations, or 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 students why EKU is an outstanding place to begin your educational journey.