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Eastern Kentucky University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Eastern Kentucky University

Founded in 1906 through legislation enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly, Eastern Kentucky State Normal School began training teachers the same year. The school underwent several name changes in the decades following its founding and began granting graduate degrees in education in 1935. The institution was renamed Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) 30 years later and began awarding graduate degrees in fields other than education. Today, EKU is the academic home to over 16,000 students and offers nearly 200 degree programs each year.


Eastern Kentucky University offered roughly 168 undergraduate programs and over 30 graduate degree options as of 2012. At the undergraduate level, the school offers bachelor's programs in areas ranging from agriculture and journalism to marketing and wildlife management. Special learning opportunities available include ROTC training and international training at one of EKU's study abroad locations.

The school offers students a range of distance learning options, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which start at six dates throughout the academic year. EKU also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice program and seven online certificate programs.


The university considers many factors during the admissions process, including standardized test scores and prior academic performance. First-time freshmen and new applicants must supply official transcripts for all previous coursework in addition to official ACT or SAT scores. The university requires that prospective students complete a college-preparatory high school curriculum before applying. The application fee is $30 and may be submitted online.

Roughly 2,421 freshmen began their studies at EKU in Fall 2011. During that year, about 81% of all undergraduates attended full-time, and 75% of them were 24 years of age or younger. About 56% of EKU's undergraduate student body was female, while 44% was male.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of the 2012-2013 school year, tuition and fees at Eastern Kentucky University are around $3,660 per semester for Kentucky residents and $8,232 per semester for non-residents. Books and supplies cost about $500 per semester for all students, while room and board costs $3,658.

For the same year, tuition and fees for in-state graduate students are about $2,640 per semester and $4,620 per semester for out-of-state graduate students. Online undergraduate courses range from $380-$395 per credit hour, and online graduate courses are between $450-$590 per credit hour.

Scholarship opportunities for students with strong academic records include the EKU Excellence Award, which is valued at $52,000 over four years, and the EKU Founders Award, which can provide up to $40,000 over four years. Students can also apply for federal loans by completing the Free Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA. In addition, EKU offers a work-study program, and a tuition payment plan is available.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Town, distant*
Student Body Around 13,902 undergraduates and 2,160 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing 14 residence halls and one efficiency apartment complex**
Schools and Programs Five schools; roughly 168 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General studies (163)
Master's: Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and related protective (93)
Doctorate: Educational leadership and administration, general (4)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
14% in four years
37% in six years
41% in eight years*
Admission Rate 66% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 2,421 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates Undergraduates who began in Fall 2010:
66% (full-time students)
39% (part-time students)*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 21.4 ACT composite in Fall 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date August 1**
Undergraduate Tuition $7,320 per year for KY residents; $16,464 per year for non-residents (full-time tuition and fees as of 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Freshmen Receiving It) In 2010-2011 for full-time beginning undergraduate students:
Federal grants (50%)
State and local grants (78%)
Institutional scholarships (27%)
Federal loans (62%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Eastern Kentucky University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 521 Lancaster Avenue, SSB 112 CPO 54, Richmond, KY 40475
  • Phone: (859) 622-2106
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