Eastern Kentucky University

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521 Lancaster Avenue

Richmond, KY 40475

Phone: (859) 622-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#55 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Eastern Kentucky University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,947, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 675 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Eastern Kentucky University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 55. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,536 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,608 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Eastern Kentucky University is a comprehensive university where students and learning come first. EKU, an institution of 15,968 students, boasts a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 with the majority of classes taught by faculty with Ph.D.'s. EKU's service area has historically been the eastern region of the state, including Appalachia, and many of our students are the first among their families to attend college. At EKU, students benefit from a number of support services to achieve academic success. EKU's prominent programs include Environmental Health Science, Justice & Safety, Education, and Forensic Science, along with the award-winning Honors Program and Mock Trial Team that are recognized as among the nation's best.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1906
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $50,133,023


When applying to Eastern Kentucky University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Eastern Kentucky University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.0%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Eastern Kentucky University is 16:1, and the school has 53.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern Kentucky University include: Elementary Education and Teaching; General Studies; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%
General Studies 7%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4%
Psychology, General 3%

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Student Life

Eastern Kentucky University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,947, with a gender distribution of 44.5 percent male students and 55.5 percent female students. Eastern Kentucky University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,968
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Eastern Kentucky University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Eastern Kentucky University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Eastern Kentucky University, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Eastern Kentucky University.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Eastern Kentucky University, 68.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,736.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,536 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,608 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,590 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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