Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Richmond, Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University is a 4-year public university that offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as three doctorate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Eastern Kentucky University?

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) was founded in 1906. The main campus, located in Richmond, Kentucky, encompasses 675 acres. EKU also has regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, Fort Knox, Hazard, Lancaster, Manchester, and Somerset, Kentucky. Additionally, EKU offers continuing and adult education, online courses, and workforce education programs.


  • High number of academic programs
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Located 26 miles from downtown Lexington, KY, and 34 miles from Blue Grass Airport
  • Low number of TAs teaching courses


  • Total cost is $684 higher for in-state and $213 higher for out-of-state residents than the national average (includes tuition, room and board, and living expenses)
  • Graduation rate is 25 percentage points lower than the national average

Eastern Kentucky University at a Glance

As an undergraduate student at EKU, you'll have the opportunity to enroll in one of 108 undergraduate programs. EKU is composed of numerous departments that are administered through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, or College of Justice and Safety. For students who started in 2005, the 4-year graduation rate was 15%, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). While the school's rate is much lower than the national average of 40%, the 6-year graduation rate for students who started in 2005 was 37%. Furthermore, NCES reports that the retention rate for first-time students in 2011 was 66% for full-time and 39% for part-time students.

EKU employs a semester-based academic calendar. NCES reports that any AP credits you may have earned are transferable to EKU. If you have CLEP or other nationally known testing service exam results, the school will accept those for credit as well. If you're interested in teaching or a career in health or protective services, you're not alone. NCES reports that the most popular undergraduate programs at EKU in 2011, based on number of completions, were education, protective services, and health professions. The most popular master's program was education.

EKU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, which is even with the national average. Many of your courses will be taught by full-time professors, since EKU has a low number of TAs teaching courses (approximately 18%). College Board reports that the university had 2,306 freshmen in 2012.

Admissions and Financial Aid at Eastern Kentucky University

To enroll at EKU, you must submit an online application or mail a completed application to the Office of Admissions. Your application should include official high school transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.0) and ACT or SAT scores (minimum 18 ACT composite score or 870 SAT composite score). It's worth noting that 97% of applicants submitted ACT scores in 2011, according to NCES. The acceptance rate of students admitted to EKU is 66%, right on par with the national average of 65.5%.

If you're concerned about the cost of attending EKU, the university has various merit-based and need-based financial aid options. Please note that EKU offers separate merit-based scholarships for in-state and out-of-state residents. NCES reports that 97% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received some form of financial aid in 2011, of which 91% was in the form of grants and scholarships.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 1****
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 15 (priority deadline)***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $30**
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 66%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $17,820 for KY residents; $29,916 for non-residents**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011-2012) $9,537****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011-2012) 37%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $24,224****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 12.3%**

Life at Eastern Kentucky University

As a student at EKU, you are required to live on campus until you complete 60 credit hours or reach the age of 21. Approximately 4,200 students live on campus in 14 residence halls. EKU offers more than 300 student groups. Also, you can cheer on the EKU Colonels in 17 varsity sports or participate in one of 40 intramural sports.

Approximately 9% of the EKU student body takes part in Greek life, and you can choose to join a chapter in one of the three Greek councils on campus. If you are a first-generation college student, you can participate in the NOVA program, which is designed to increase retention rates among these students.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Town**
Student Population (2011) 13,902 undergraduates and 2,160 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 44% to 56%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 81%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 85%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 66% for full-time and 39% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
Number of Libraries 4*
Extracurricular Activities Over 300*
Noteworthy Arnim D. Hummel Planetarium is housed on the Richmond campus*

Sources: *Eastern Kentucky University, **NCES, College Navigator, ***The College Board, **** U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475
  • Phone: (859) 622-2106