Eastern Kentucky University

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Introduction to Eastern Kentucky University

Originally founded in 1874 as Central University, Eastern Kentucky University is in Richmond, Kentucky, about 26 miles south of Lexington. The name later changed in 1906 to the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, focusing on teacher education. The school has since added an impressive list of degrees, as well as four regional campuses in Corbin, Manchester, Danville and Lancaster.

Student Life at Eastern Kentucky University

EKU is home to five undergraduate colleges, a graduate school and the John Grant Crabbe Library. With a student population of over 15,000, Eastern Kentucky University has a surprisingly small faculty-to-student ratio. This means students receive individual attention, even at a large public university.

EKU has 150 active student organizations on campus, including 34 fraternities and sororities. The school's teams, formerly the Maroons but rechristened the Colonels, compete at the NCAA Division I level and have won over 15 Ohio Valley Conference titles and two Division I-AA National Championships in football. In 2005, the Colonels basketball team made it to the NCAA Championship tournament for the first time since 1979.

FAQs on Eastern Kentucky University

What is the Accreditation Status of Eastern Kentucky University?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Eastern Kentucky University. The school is also accredited by many other organizations for degree programs in education, nursing and so on.

What Are the Requirements for Admission to Eastern Kentucky University?

To apply to EKU, prospective students must submit official high school transcripts or high school equivalency with a GED, official test scores from the SAT or ACT and an application for undergraduate admission. Admission to EKU rests on grade point average and the pre-college curriculum, which includes four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of foreign language, three years of science and more.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From Eastern Kentucky University?

Students at EKU should submit a FAFSA application to see if they are eligible for federal funding through grants, loans and work study. The school offers scholarships based on need, merit and talent, including the Joanne K. Glasser Endowed Diversity Leadership Scholarship and the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship.

What Are the Career Possibilities Through Eastern Kentucky University?

EKU currently offers over 150 baccalaureate degree programs. Choose from degree options at the Eastern Kentucky University College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Health Sciences and College of Justice and Safety.

What Notable Individuals Have Graduated From Eastern Kentucky University?

Some famous names have graced the halls of Eastern Kentucky University, including Lee Majors, television's "Six Million Dollar Man," former NFL defensive back Myron Guyton and weatherman Sam Champion.