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Now fewer expenses stand between you and your college degree. With EKU BookSmart, beginning Fall 2021, textbooks are free for undergraduate students at EKU.

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Campus Housing

Living on campus accentuates the Eastern experience, and there’s something for everyone. Join a Living Learning Community, where you’ll connect with others who share your interests or major. Explore the options, and go ahead and save your space. 

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Financial Aid

Paying for college doesn’t have to be overwhelming. EKU offers an affordable tuition rate, awards a variety of scholarships, and federal aid is available, too. Find out all your options and get guidance through the process.

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Student Life

EKU is not just a place to learnit’s a place to live, grow and build friendships. The exciting programs and events hosted across campus and online are a great way to get involved. From student organizations to first-year programs and beyond, you’ll find your place at EKU.

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Campus Events

See what’s happening at EKU! From our traditional Big E Welcome to a variety of activities throughout the semester, you’ll make friends, get involved and have fun at EKU. Get the details on upcoming events and start planning your Exceptional Eastern Experience.

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June 29, 2021

EKU Online RN to BSN Program Best in Kentucky

Adding to a growing list of accolades, EKU's School of Nursing has been recognized as the #1 Best RN to BSN online program in Kentucky by

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June 4, 2021

EKU Faculty Innovators Announced

Eastern Kentucky University is proud to announce its four newest Faculty Innovators to its Faculty Innovator program. The Faculty Innovator Program is a premier leadership and service opportunity at EKU.

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May 11, 2021

New Scholarship Aims to Attract Diverse Students to the Insurance Industry

Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance (KEMI) has established a new diversity scholarship at EKU.

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April 30, 2021

Spock, Bundy Named 2021 Foundation Professors

Eastern Kentucky University is proud to announce its 2021 foundation professors as Dr. Myra Beth Bundy and Dr. Jennifer Spock.

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March 25, 2021

"Twelfth Night, or What You Will" to Premiere at Center for the Arts

EKU's Center for the Arts is returning to hosting live audiences on April 23 with a film from the Appalachian Shakespeare Center at EKU presenting the world premiere of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night or What You Will," a puppet film.

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December 9, 2020

College of Science Honors Iconic Professors

Eastern Kentucky University's College of Science has honored three of its retired faculty members as its first Iconic Professors as part of a new college initiative. Dr. Sanford L. Jones Sr., Dr. John L. Meisenheimer Sr. and the late Professor Meredith J. Cox are the first faculty members to earn the prestigious honor.

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December 15, 2020

Ellis Named Foundation Board Chair

Troy Ellis, '87, BBA in Computer Systems Information, has been named chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Foundation Board, replacing outgoing chairwoman Maribeth Berman.

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December 14, 2020

Undergraduate Students to Get Free Textbooks with EKU BookSmart

Eastern Kentucky University announced today, for academic year 2021-2022, every undergraduate student will receive their required textbooks for free.

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November 24, 2020

Koenig Eastern's First-Ever Rhodes Scholar Finalist

Eastern Kentucky University senior Nick Koenig recently competed as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated award for postgraduate international study.

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Photo Stories


New Student Orientation

Throughout this summer, #FutureColonels are on the Campus Beautiful for new student orientation.

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Colonels Care – Time to Get Vaccinated

Eastern Kentucky University’s student body president, Eyouel Mekonnen shares his COVID-19 vaccination story, why he is receiving the vaccine and encourages other EKU students to also get vaccinated. Appointments are available at the Baptist Health Richmond regional vaccine clinic at the EKU Perkins Building. Schedule your vaccine at

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While EKU continues to take every possible measure to safely offer an on-campus experience, it takes everyone doing their part to ensure a healthy campus. Remember to wear a mask, keep socially distant, practice good hygiene and stay home if you are ill. Learn about EKU’s COVID-19 response, get campus-specific information and explore available resources at
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The Campaign for EKU

Eastern Kentucky University is in the midst of our most ambitious initiative in more than half a century. Our bold plans are driven by three priorities that anchor our strategic plan: student success, academic excellence, and campus revitalization. To support these big plans, we are embarking on the largest and most comprehensive fundraising effort in our history.
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