Eastern Kentucky University
Established in 1806, Eastern Kentucky University is a public institution located in the fast-growing community of Richmond, Kentucky. Eastern is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options to over 15,000 students.
While originally named a Teacher’s College, Eastern now boasts its College of Education alongside the College of Business and Technology; College of Health Sciences; College of Justice and Safety; College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the College of Science.
With plenty of academic options to choose from, Eastern hosts over 230 organizations to join outside of the classroom. Student Government, Greek life, and athletics only scratch the surface of all there is to offer.
“…the University is dedicated to three specific functions — high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service…”
Get to know Eastern Kentucky University
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS (URCE)
“The purpose of the URCE is to provide opportunities for faculty-student mentorships for the purpose of deep learning, professional skill development, and contributing to the worldwide knowledge base.”
The URCE is part of Eastern’s Strategic Plan to increase opportunities and resources for student-led research. URCE puts together a clear action plan for students to find research opportunities, connect with faculty, plan and complete a project, and present findings to a scholarly crowd. Through URCE, Eastern students can find funding opportunities for research on campus, opportunities for research off campus, and services and resources to get the most out of their undergraduate research.
EASTERN EDUCATION ABROAD
Eastern students have access to the Eastern Education Abroad office, which prepares them to make informed decisions about when, where, and why to study abroad. The office offers scholarships, resources, and information about finding the right experience, financing a trip, and more.
Eastern also provides specialty trips for students:
- Student Teaching in Ireland (full semester) is for education majors looking to expand their international experiences in the classroom.
- Florence Winter (January) is for students who are interested in a shorter experience. This January term trip explores food, fashion, and Italian culture.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 6%
White, non-Hispanic: 85%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
STUDENT LIFE & FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE
The office of Student Life & First-Year Experience blends programs and events to enhance both academic experiences as well as overall sociability on campus. Students can find different experiences through the office, including opportunities for parents/families of students, information about Greek life, different leadership programs, student organizations on campus, and community service projects. This is a great place for new students to go as they look to get involved with their peers and learn more about the campus community.
FIRST-YEAR COURSES & LEARNING COMMUNITIES
The Office of First-Year Courses & Learning Communities coordinates the Student Success Seminars in which all new students enroll. These seminars help students with the transition to college by highlighting and elaborating on “campus resources, study skills, critical thinking, and diversity.” For further academic personalization, the office has created different first-year courses for specific majors as well as an exploratory course for undeclared students. Another aspect of the first-year courses is the learning community component, which allows students to take courses with the same cohort of students in order to strengthen their relationships with both peers and faculty mentors.
SERVICE-LEARNING AT EKU
EKU has a commitment to academic service-learning through a number of courses within different majors. Eastern students can experience a way to give back to the community while learning, earning credit, and adding experience to their résumés.
The Department of Recreation and Park Administration, for example, finds service-learning experiences “imperative” to students’ future professional success. There are over 20 opportunities in this department alone—from 100-level courses working on a basketball fundraiser to 500-level courses working with the state recreation department.
LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITIES – “FIND YOUR CIRCLE”
EKU knows the importance of connection; students away at college are navigating many new experiences and might be looking for a group of like-minded peers who can support them. One way EKU is helping students forge connections is through living-learning communities, which help students bond, keep each other in check and on track, and help one another succeed. Eastern offers 15 different living-learning communities, each of which is themed around a different academic or social interests.
EKU’s main campus is located in Richmond, Kentucky, less than 30 miles southeast of Lexington. Richmond is one of Kentucky’s fastest growing cities. Students have access to shopping malls, theaters, dining, and state parks not far from campus.
Eastern Kentucky University Colonels
- NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision)
- Ohio Valley Conference
- 16 varsity sports
- Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
- Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Volleyball
- More than 300 student-athletes
- Spirit Groups, Cheerleading, and Dance Team
EKU STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
All Eastern students have access to EKU’s Student Success Center. Conveniently located in the library, the center acts as a hub for many important resources one may need. Staff are always available to help choose a major, schedule classes, find tutoring, develop study skills, access financial resources, get advising or mentoring, provide health and wellness support, and more.
As the first program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Co-op and Internship in Kentucky, Eastern offers well-rounded opportunities for students to earn credit and, in some cases, a salary! Eastern’s program boasts that “nearly half” of students enrolled in a co-op or internship are offered employment.
The Center for Career and Co-op offers students a number of resources to get them on the path to success. Students can access resources and get help with résumé building, dressing professionally, honing interview skills, exploring new majors and career opportunities, networking, and more.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 570
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25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $8,996
Tuition (out-of-state): $17,880