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Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University


About EKU

Eastern Kentucky University is in the midst of our most ambitious initiative in more than half a century. Our bold plans are driven by three priorities that anchor our strategic plan: student success, academic excellence, and campus revitalization.

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education, and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth.

Situated near the heart of the Bluegrass, Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make Eastern easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Interstate Highways I-75 (north-south) and I-64 (east-west) make the metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, 112 miles to the north, and Louisville, 110 miles to the west, within convenient distance by automobile. Richmond is also served by U.S. Route 25 from Southeastern Kentucky and Kentucky Route 52 from the east and west. The Bluegrass, Mountain, Daniel Boone, and Cumberland Parkways provide even greater accessibility by automobile since the city is located near the convergence of these arterial highways into the interstate system.

Richmond, the county seat of Madison County, is one of the Commonwealth's fastest-growing cities, with about 33,000 residents. The community provides an excellent environment for the university student and boasts a regional shopping mall, theaters, live entertainment, fine dining, cultural events, and activities, as well as many areas of historic and scenic interest. Fort Boonesborough State Park, the birthplace of Kentucky, is located 12 miles to the north. Many other historical sites are within easy driving distance. Scenic and recreational areas surround this section of the state.


The Kentucky General Assembly of 1906 enacted legislation establishing the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Governor J.C. Beckham signed the bill into law on March 21, 1906. On May 7 of that year, the Normal School Commission, meeting in Louisville, selected the campus of the old Central University, founded in 1874 in Richmond, as the site of the new school. On June 2, 1906, Ruric Nevel Roark was chosen as President of the Normal School and the training of teachers was begun.

In 1922, Eastern became a four-year institution known as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. The first degrees were awarded by this institution in 1925. In 1928, the College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 1930, the General Assembly renamed the school the Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College.

In 1935, a graduate program was approved at Eastern, leading to the Master of Arts degree in Education. In 1948, the General Assembly removed the word "Teachers" from the name of the college and granted the college the right to award nonprofessional degrees.

The most significant day since its founding came for Eastern on February 26, 1966, when Governor Edward T. Breathitt signed into law a bill renaming the institution Eastern Kentucky University and sanctioning the awarding of graduate degrees in academic fields other than education.

During this period of time, Eastern Kentucky University has increased rapidly in size and stature. Beginning with a few students engaged in short review and certificate courses, the University today serves thousands of Kentuckians. The curriculum leads to associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and an expanding graduate program that currently offers degrees at the master's level in many other fields as well as the already well-established Master of Arts degree in Education and the various fifth- and sixth-year leadership programs in education, psychology, and technology. In addition to these programs, Eastern offers joint doctoral programs with cooperating institutions.

Ever-mindful of the purpose of its founding, Eastern continues to recognize its historic function of preparing quality teachers for the elementary and secondary schools of the Commonwealth. However, a strong liberal arts curriculum leading to appropriate degrees, together with pre-professional courses in several areas and graduate programs, enable Eastern to serve the Commonwealth as a regional university.


Within its statutory responsibilities, Eastern Kentucky University seeks to provide intellectual and cultural opportunities that will develop habits of scholarship and intellectual curiosity, provide a deep understanding of American democracy and the citizen's role in maintaining its strength and vitality, impart an understanding of humans and their aspirations, enable effective and efficient communication, and prepare productive and responsible citizens. The University will remain responsive and flexible in order to serve in unique and needed ways.

Within these general responsibilities and purposes, the University is dedicated to three specific functions -- high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service, and places emphasis on the three in that order. Through its colleges and schools, the University seeks to offer quality instruction at a variety of degree levels in general education, the arts, the sciences, business, education, pre-professional and professional areas, and applied and technical disciplines. Through consultative services, continuing education, and the extended campus, the University seeks to provide service to the community and the region. The research seeks both to advance knowledge in the subject matter areas with which the University is concerned and to support the primary function of teaching.

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Welcome from the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Eastern Kentucky University.

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to providing leadership, education, and resources in support of Eastern Kentucky University’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive campus community. As an institution, we recognize that institutional excellence depends on how well we value, engage, and include the diversity of our campus community. The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides strategic leadership for efforts directed towards embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the institution’s recruiting, admissions, hiring, and promotion processes; into its curriculum and co-curriculum, and into its administrative structures and practices.

We also strive to cultivate a sense of belonging by creating and sustaining a campus community that embraces diversity, achieves equitable outcomes, and models inclusiveness through opportunities for everyone to fully participate in the life of the university. We are an innovative team committed to improving campus climate and preparing students to lead in an increasingly diverse world.



EKU’s online degree programs provide access to the same EKU courses, from the same distinguished professors in a user-friendly remote learning environment. Most importantly, a degree earned through EKU Online holds the same reputation for quality as our on-campus degrees. And the admission requirements are the same, whether enrolling in courses online or on campus.

To Apply

  1. Fill out the free online application
  2. Provide official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  3. If you’ve earned fewer than 24 college-level transferable credit hours since completing high school or a GED, provide your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

International Student

Students are considered international applicants if they are not citizens of the United States.

To apply as a freshman students should submit a fully evaluated, complete secondary school record reflecting a cumulative GPA equivalent to 2.5 higher.

Students applying as transfer students must have a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students should submit official transcripts for all college-level coursework.* Students with less than 24 credit hours must also submit a fully evaluated, complete secondary school record.

Additionally, for standard admission, all international students must submit a valid copy of their passport and demonstrate English language proficiency. Students may demonstrate proficiency through one of the following:

  • Credit for English 101 and 102 from an accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of “C” or better
  • TOEFL – 530 paper-based, 71 Internet-based, or 195 by computer with no band score below a 16
  • IELTS – 6.0 overall band score with 5.0 or above in every subject/skill category.
  • Duolingo English Test – 95 or higher.
  • Japanese students may submit the EIKEN test with a passing score of Pre-1.
  • ACT English 18 and ACT Reading 20
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing 510

Countries Exempt from the English Language Requirement:

  • Ireland
  • UK
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Canada (Except Quebec)
  • Commonwealth Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

*For college-level coursework taken outside the U.S., transcripts must be sent to ECE or Josef Silny & Associates for evaluation. Please choose to have a course-by-course evaluation completed.


Looking to advance your career or take it in a new direction? EKU’s Graduate School can help you get ahead with flexible master’s, doctoral, and specialist degree programs, affordable tuition, and top-notch instruction.

To Apply

  1. Fill out the free online application
  2. Provide official entrance exam scores (GRE, MAT, or GMAT), if applicable
  3. Provide official undergraduate transcripts (if not an EKU graduate)
  4. Submit letters of recommendation, if required for the academic program

How Soon Can I Apply?

  • August 1 for the following fall semester
  • October 1 for the following spring semester
  • April 1 for the following summer semester

Scholarships and Funding


Grants are a type of financial support that does not need to be repaid. Many grants are based on financial need alone, however, some grants also take academic performance, academic degree program, and/or residence status into consideration.

Grants are available at the federal and state level.

Private Loans

Private student loans are not funded or subsidized by the federal government; instead, they are funded by banks, credit unions, or other types of lenders.

The bank or lender – not the federal government – sets interest rates, loan limits, terms, and conditions of private student loans. Your ability to qualify for and borrow a private student loan may be based on numerous factors that can include your credit history, whether or not you choose to have a co-signer, your co-signer’s credit history, your choice of school, and your course of study. These loans do not offer the flexible repayment terms or borrower protections featured by federal student loans.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Employer tuition reimbursement includes a variety of employer-sponsored programs to help employees pay for college. In many cases, the funds received from these programs will be excluded from income and are tax-free.

Employee tuition reimbursement programs are typically governed by an employer’s human resources department. Employers may provide up to $5,250 per year in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate courses.

Your employer may require you to attain a particular grade or to complete a program in order to obtain reimbursement. The employer may also require that you remain employed for a period of time after completing the course of study. Finally, your employer may require you to provide receipts or other substantiation of the educational expenses.

Military Benefits

For information on veteran and active duty military services and offerings, contact the EKU Office of Military and Veteran Affairs at 859.622.2345. EKU is repeatedly recognized by both Military Times and GI Jobs as a leader among Military Friendly® Schools and we look forward to helping you reach your goals.

Outside Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by an organization other than the government or university. They are available from a number of groups, organizations, and entities nationwide. These scholarships can be general in nature or very specialized and tied to the type of work you would be doing after graduation.

If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.

Departmental Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are awarded by specific EKU departments. The types, size, and criteria for these scholarships will vary by department.

If you receive a departmental scholarship, you must notify your financial aid office so the award can be properly reported as part of your total aid package. Failure to report awards can result in the award not being accepted or a portion of the funds having to be repaid due to overpayment.

Foundation Scholarships

EKU is fortunate to have hundreds of generous individuals and organizations that have donated scholarship money for current EKU students from a variety of backgrounds, situations, and interests. These are referred to as EKU Foundation Scholarships. Due to the number of these scholarships and the varying criteria for them, EKU has developed a single Foundation Scholarship application.

After completing the application, you will be considered for any foundation scholarship for which you are eligible. Criteria for these scholarships vary and can include academics, major, interests, place of residence, and more.


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