Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University is an undergraduate and graduate teaching and research institution, located in Richmond, Kentucky. The Kentucky General Assembly established the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School as a teacher's college in 1906 and later officially renamed it Eastern Kentucky University in 1966.

EKU consists of 5 colleges, the Graduate School and the John Grant Crabbe Library. It offers more than 160 degree programs in associates, bachelors, and masters degree programs. The colleges are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Technology
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Justice and Safety

In the 2008 edition, US News & World Report ranked EKU 60th in the Top Southern Masters Universities.

The sports teams of EKU are known as the Colonels.

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Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond , KY 40475-3102
General Phone: (859) 622-1000

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Eastern Kentucky University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching710education, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, education of hearing impaired, education of speech impaired, school counseling, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, ...
Security and Law Enforcement359corrections, criminal justice and administration, forensic science, criminal justice and police, security and loss prevention, security services management, fire protection tech, security and protective services
Liberal Arts323French language, Spanish language, sign language translation, English, general studies, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine306EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Business and Management205business, business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing, insurance, fashion merchandising
Therapy and Counseling135psychology, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, school psychology, community health services
Science104biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, physics
Media102communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations, printing management
Family and Social Work97food and nutrition, housing, family studies, child care provider, public administration, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy89parks and recreation management, athletic trainer, occupational therapy, dietitian, dietitian assistant
Engineering Technician71water quality and recycling tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, computer systems tech
Medical Support and Technology53audiology and speech pathology, medical assistant, medical lab tech, clinical lab tech
Fine Arts45fine arts
Mathematics30mathematics, statistics
Medical Administration27health care administration, medical office management
Real Estate and Construction Management26real estate, construction management
Computer Science and Engineering19computer and info science, computer science
Agricultural Science and Management19agricultural production, various agricutural courses
Conservation and Resource Management16wildlife management
Transportation12commercial pilot and flight crew
Law10legal assistant
Office and Administration10office management, administrative assistant
Medicine9public health
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Landscaping and Horticulture8ornamental horticulture
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Engineering3various engineering courses

Number of programs and degrees for Eastern Kentucky University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,03077
Associate's degree18916
Master's degree61335
Post-master's certificate82
Postbaccalaureate certificate03
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years01

Eastern Kentucky University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Eastern Kentucky University had a total enrollment of 15,839 students (13,549 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 84%
Graduate 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 91%
Black 5%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 24%
20-21 22%
22-24 20%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Eastern Kentucky University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %
Part-Time 37 %

Eastern Kentucky University Room and Board (2007)

Eastern Kentucky University offers campus housing for 4,500 of its 13,549 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Richmond, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Eastern Kentucky University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Eastern Kentucky University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,540
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,186
Room and board $ 6,360
Room charge $ 3,554
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,806
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,800

Financial Aid:
Eastern Kentucky University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 196300)

Eastern Kentucky University Faculty

Eastern Kentucky University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3854
Non-tenured and not on tenure track118123

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year10$102,1175$96,449
Associate professorcalendar year10$80,7443$80,829
Assistant professorcalendar year3$68,1971*
No academic rankcalendar year3$99,6570*
All faculty totalcalendar year26$89,6999$86,150

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year64$86,33337$78,540
Associate professoracademic year57$69,21371$63,285
Assistant professoracademic year72$57,15590$55,208
Instructoracademic year18$52,29738$50,032
Lectureracademic year10$46,1315$40,627
No academic rankacademic year62$51,09976$49,277
All faculty totalacademic year283$64,157317$57,468

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Eastern Kentucky University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball Ohio Valley Conference
Baseball Ohio Valley Conference
Track Ohio Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports176582

Eastern Kentucky University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering, Other

Engineering Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Housing and Human Environments, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Ornamental Horticulture

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Printing Management
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Medical Office Management/Administration

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Dietitian Assistant
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
Forensic Science and Technology
Securities Services Administration/Management
Security and Loss Prevention Services
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew

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Female % of student body
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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