Eastern Kentucky University

521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475-3102

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Eastern Kentucky University is a public, non-profit university that was founded in 1906 by the Kentucky General Assembly. When Eastern Kentucky was first established, it was known as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. By 1922, Eastern became a four-year institution and was then known as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. In 1903, the school’s name was changed again by the General Assembly to the Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College. Finally, in 1966, Governor Edward T. Breathitt renamed the school one last time to what it is known as today; Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern Kentucky has changed a great deal in its 106 years of existence. Today Eastern Kentucky is an undergraduate and graduate teaching and research institution that comprises five academic colleges, a Graduate School, as well as the John Grant Crabbe Library. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Although, Eastern Kentucky has experienced many changes, its original focus on high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service has remained constant. Through emphasis on these cornerstone vales, Eastern Kentucky University strives to provide intellectual and cultural opportunities that will develop habits of scholarship and intellectual curiosity, provide a deep understanding of American democracy, enable effective and efficient communication, and prepare productive and responsible citizens.

Eastern Kentucky’s main campus is located in Richmond, Kentucky and encompasses 892 acres. Regional campuses are also located in Corbin, Danville, and Manchester, and centers in Fort Knox, Lancaster, and Somerset. Located only 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky, the main campus is conveniently accessible from all parts of Kentucky and its surrounding states. The campus holds many traditions that enhance student life. The “Powell Corner” has been a part of campus where students have gathered in between classes for decades. There is also “Mozart's Grave” where it is said that the unofficial campus mascot from the mid-1960s now resides. While there is plenty to keep students busy on campus, Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is a dry campus and even students who are of age are prohibited to have alcohol.

Currently, 16,567 students are enrolled at Eastern Kentucky with 14,520 attending the main Richmond campus. Eastern Kentucky accepts students at a rate of 66.3%. Once accepted, students have a retention rate of 65.2% and a four year graduation rate of 15%. Eastern Kentucky strives to produce successful, well rounded graduates and offers more than 160 degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. Students at Eastern Kentucky University are able to receive personalized attention and help from professors in and out of class due to a 16:1 student faculty ratio.

In addition to traditional in classroom learning, Eastern Kentucky also offers students the opportunity to earn associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online. Through online degree completion students will be able to complete specialized, and in some cases, very diverse degrees. With over 11 subject areas to choose from, students can choose from fields as varied as fire science, police studies, psychology, general education, paralegal studies and more. Students enrolled in online degree completion will be charged per credit hour at $395 for undergraduate students and between $460 and $590 for graduate level classes. In order to increase the convenience even further, Eastern Kentucky University offers six different start dates for the online programs.

When students aren't focusing on academics, there are over 150 recognized student clubs and organizations to join. One of the most popular student organizations is the campus newspaper, known as the Eastern Progress which was founded in 1922. Eastern Kentucky is also part of the NCAA Division I athletic conference with a total of 15 varsity teams.

Tuition at Eastern Kentucky is $7,320 per year for in state undergraduate students and $16,464 per year for out of state undergraduates. At the graduate level, tuition is charged per course credit at a rate of $440.00 and $770.00 for in and out of state students respectively. To assist with these costs, the university is equipped with a Financial Aid Office that can assist you with questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and federal loans. The Eastern Kentucky University Scholarship Office offers a variety of awards and has additional information that can help you pay for college. Within the student population, 36.8% of students had their needs fully met, and the average student had about 82% of their financial needs met.

Eastern Kentucky is proud of its accomplishments, growth and improvement since its original founding. Some of the most recent acknowledgments Eastern Kentucky has received includes being named one of the Top 10 Online Colleges in the Nation in 2010 by “Best Colleges.” Eastern Kentucky was also listed by Forbes Magazine, as being in the top 10 percent of America’s colleges and universities for three years in a row and has been recognized by Military Times Edge magazine as second in the nation in the "Best for Vets: Colleges" issue.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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