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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Eastern Kentucky is a public university located in Richmond, Kentucky in the Lexington Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,451 undergraduate students. The Eastern Kentucky acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 47% of students, Eastern Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,800.
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference

Eastern Kentucky University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

EKU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
1020-1190
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$14,273/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,628/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.80 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.102 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.102 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
29
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
6
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
20
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    23%
  • On Campus
    60%
  • Online
    16%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,451Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,947
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
  • Typical college student
    83%
  • Greek Life
    10%
  • Loves to party
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.125 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.149 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
  • Medium Sized
    32%
  • Perfect sized
    25%
  • Exciting and big
    13%
  • Happy Medium and very enabling
    9%
  • Small and very homey
    9%
  • Big
    6%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.55 responses
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Everyone at the campus is so nice from the students to the faculty. Everyone wants to see you succeed and are willing to go out of their way to help you become successful.
The only time I never had a great experience (why the rating is average) was when I lived at the dorms. I had a roommate that would not stop trying to destroy my future until she got her own room and she almost succeeded in destroying my future. I had to get the Dean of Students involved with that, but other than that I love EKU (I live at home now).
The campus itself is maintained (with the exception of some of the older buildings). When I'm on campus, sometimes I just sit in front of the amphitheater and bask in the scenery. Truly gorgeous!
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Eastern Kentucky provides the perfect college experience. From academics, to sports, to social aspects, EKU is a place everyone can call home. The academics are challenging, but professors are always willing to help with students who struggle. Social aspects of Eastern are especially great. There are a ton of different sororities and fraternities on campus to join, as well as clubs and groups for those less interested in the greek life! Sports are extremely important to EKU. The football and basketball games create an environment that everyone wants to be a part of! Go Colonels!
My fellow students are really kind and the staff and faculty is very helpful and kind as well! There are tons of clubs and organizations to join on campus, including Greek life! The residence halls are spacious and a lot cleaner than I expected them to be as an incoming freshman. Most of the buildings are fairly close to one another, so you don't really spend a lot of time walking, unless you live at Keene Hall. But even then its not a huge distance. There's lots of off-campus excursions to go on, too. You can go hiking and kayaking on Lake Reba, you can get dinner at a large variety of great restaurants around town, and you can venture around and take in the local history of Richmond.