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Eastern Kentucky University Overview

Eastern Kentucky University is a public institution located in Richmond, Kentucky. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Richmond draws many to the area.

What Is Eastern Kentucky University Known For?

3,051 Undergraduate Awards
$25,664 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Eastern.
  • In 2017-2018, 58% of the faculty were full-time.

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Eastern Kentucky University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Eastern has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#64 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Most Popular Online Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#198 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#269 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Eastern.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Agriculture Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Homeland Security Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Other Agriculture Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Other Homeland Security Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Quality Control Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Eastern has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#16 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#24 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#27 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#35 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#76 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual

Where Is Eastern Kentucky University?

Location of Eastern Kentucky University

Contact details for Eastern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Phone: 859-622-1000
Website: www.eku.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasternKentuckyUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EKUBuilds

How Do I Get Into Eastern?

You can apply to Eastern online at: admissions.eku.edu

Admission Requirements for Eastern

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Eastern?

87% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
3% Submit SAT Scores
Since Eastern has an acceptance rate of 87%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to Eastern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 560. Math scores were between 480 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 560 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800
Eastern received ACT scores from 98% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Eastern Kentucky University?

$25,664 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
10.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Eastern is $25,664. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Eastern, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,730 a year. That adds up to $22,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Eastern is 10.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Eastern Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,908 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,662 undergraduate students at Eastern, with 9,908 being full-time and 2,754 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Eastern

There are also 2,318 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,908 full-time undergraduates at Eastern, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Eastern

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Eastern Kentucky University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Eastern Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 86
Black or African American 589
Hispanic or Latino 338
White 8,341
International Students 131
Other Races/Ethnicities 423

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at Eastern Kentucky University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 45 countries are represented at Eastern. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and United Arab Emirates.

Online Learning at Eastern Kentucky University

3,578 Took All Classes Online
7,132 Took At Least One Class Online
5.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 17 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at Eastern. In 2017-2018, 7,132 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Eastern has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Eastern

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Eastern Kentucky University was 5.1%. This is the #1,665 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Eastern regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Eastern majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 28%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 14%
General Psychology 4%
Homeland Security 25%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 5%
Human Development & Family Studies 22%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 5%
Liberal Arts General Studies 5%
Music 36%
Other Homeland Security 27%
Psychology 6%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25%
Visual & Performing Arts 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Eastern ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Eastern.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Insurance #10
Quality Control Technology #11
Other Homeland Security #14
Music #22
Fire Protection #37
Political Science & Government #37
Homeland Security #49
Legal Support Services #55
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #57
Social Work #59
Public Administration #71
Allied Health Professions #73
Visual & Performing Arts #77
Legal Professions #81
Human Development & Family Studies #90
Curriculum & Instruction #100
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #110
Engineering Technologies #110
General Psychology #112
Special Education #145
Teacher Education Subject Specific #148
Social Sciences #150
Psychology #157
Public Administration & Social Service #158
Educational Administration #195
Teacher Education Grade Specific #202
Criminal Justice & Corrections #300
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #339
Nursing #361
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #374
Liberal Arts General Studies #374
Education #476

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Eastern Kentucky University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 73 0 221 5 123 6 428
Criminal Justice & Corrections 21 36 229 0 26 0 312
Liberal Arts General Studies 47 0 234 0 0 0 281
General Psychology 0 0 186 0 14 0 200
Other Homeland Security 0 35 0 0 162 0 197
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 76 0 70 14 160
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 87 0 70 0 157
Public Health 0 0 77 11 42 0 130
Quality Control Technology 0 0 106 0 0 0 106
General Biology 0 0 80 0 10 0 90
Health & Physical Education 0 0 63 0 23 0 86
Teacher Education Subject Specific 9 0 30 0 43 0 82
Special Education 0 0 20 0 60 0 80
Homeland Security 0 4 76 0 0 0 80
Fire Protection 0 1 69 0 0 0 70
Recreation Administration 0 0 56 0 10 0 66
Accounting 0 6 59 0 0 0 65
Educational Administration 0 0 0 22 33 10 65
General Business/Commerce 0 0 54 0 10 0 64
Allied Health Professions 14 0 44 0 6 0 64
Social Work 0 13 47 0 0 0 60
Business Administration & Management 0 0 54 0 0 0 54
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Marketing 0 0 49 0 0 0 49
Music 0 0 31 0 16 0 47
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 41 0 41
General English Literature 0 0 35 0 5 0 40
Chemistry 0 0 39 0 1 0 40
Construction Management 0 0 35 0 0 0 35
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 33 0 0 0 33
Computer Information Systems 0 0 27 0 6 0 33
Industrial Production Technology 33 0 0 0 0 0 33
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Air Transportation 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 10 0 20 0 30
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
Communication Sciences 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 27 0 27
History 0 0 23 0 3 0 26
Insurance 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 8 13 4 25
Agricultural Production 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Legal Support Services 2 4 18 0 0 0 24
Wildlife Management 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 23 0 0 0 23
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Romance Languages 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Political Science & Government 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Statistics 0 0 13 0 7 0 20
Geography & Cartography 0 12 6 0 0 0 18
Management Information Systems 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Sociology 0 0 15 0 0 0 15
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Anthropology 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Mathematics 0 0 8 0 4 0 12
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Physics 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
International Studies 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Philosophy 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Other Psychology 0 0 0 9 0 0 9
Economics 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Horticulture 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Journalism 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Other Agriculture 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
American Sign Language 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 202 112 2,737 55 862 34 4,002

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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