A commitment to diversity
Students from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world call Eastern Kentucky University home. EKU is devoted to helping students of every race, gender, economics tatus, language, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, exceptionality, and culture succeed. Regardless of the major you choose, you will find support, grow personally, and broaden your world perspective at EKU.
Resources for diverse students
EKU offers extensive academic and social support services for diverse students. The EKU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), located in the heart of the Student Success Center, promotes the respect and understanding of cultural differences while encouraging tolerance and inclusiveness. The Office also offers programs, workshops, trainings, study groups, panel discussions, and events on cultural awareness and sensitivity. OMSA connects students to other campus resources such as the NOVA program, the Freshman Academy, the Student Success Center, the Bobby Verdugo & Yoli Rios Bilingual Peer-Tutoring Center, the Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship, and more.
The NOVA program helps first-generation and lower-income students build academic, time management, and communication skills and offers scholarships, grants, and study abroad programs. The Student Success Center is a one-stop shop that helps students with anything they need, from studytips to stress management to financial aid. The Freshman Academy for Diverse Students provides first-year minority students with the information, support, and direction they need to successfully navigate college life. The Academy connects first-year students with their fellow classmates and with EKU faculty, staff, and student leaders to support them throughout their college career and beyond. The Bobby Verdugo & Yoli Rios Bilingual Peer-Tutoring Center provides bilingual tutoring and fellowship for all students. (For more information about the Rodney Gross Scholarship program, see the “Diversity scholarships” section.)
Eastern is dedicated to celebrating diversity in its academic programs. In fall 2015, EKU became one of the first universities in the nation to offer a degree in Social Justice Studies. The degree prepares students to play a role in developing a more humane world. Designed around an interdisciplinary approach, the program critically examines the cultural, economic, and political dynamics of the struggle for social justice among groups and institutions. Students develop a robust understanding of justice and injustice to develop strategies for overcoming problems.
Graduates are prepared for careers in 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 Studies, Asian Studies, Veterans Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.
EKU offers several scholarships to diverse students, most notably the Dr. Rodney Gross Scholarship and the New Horizons Diversity Scholarship. The Dr. Rodney Gross Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree based on grade point average, test scores, a personal essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Awards start at $1,000 per year. First-year students in the program also participate in the Academic Monitoring Program, receiving individual counseling with support staff three times each semester.
The New Horizons Minority Scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen based on leadership ability, involvement in school or community programs, academic performance, and letters of recommendation. Award amounts range up to full in-state tuition. Awards are automatically renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters as long as the student maintains at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, remains enrolled full-time, participates in the Rodney Gross Scholars Program, and completes the FAFSA by November 1 each year.
Expand your world
EKU offers 180 majors (nearly 100 programs with 80 concentration options) at all degree levels as well as a vibrant student life. Cheer on 16 NCAA Division I teams. Expand your horizons by exploring study abroad opportunities, joining one of 230 student organizations, playing intramural or club sports, and participating in outdoor adventure programming. You’ll grow from your interaction with a diverse student body that includes nearly 300 international students from 44 countries along with students from all 50 states. Whether you want to go Greek or live in one of 12 unique living and learning communities, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow at EKU.
See for yourself
Plan your visit now to experience firsthand why EKU is a special place that feels like home.
Go to admissions.eku.edu/visit tofind a visit option that suits you, or check out the Virtual Campus Experience at eku.edu/#virtualtour.