Bring your ambition. Your books are on us.

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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July 27, 2021

Ward Sworn in as Newest EKU Regent During Special Board Meeting

Lexington attorney Ashley Ward was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear and sworn in by University counsel Dana Fohl as the newest member of Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents at a special meeting on July 26.

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July 25, 2021

Colleen Chaney Named Chief of Staff, Chief Communications Officer

Eastern Kentucky University has selected Colleen Chaney to be the Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer. Chaney will lead critical functions and initiatives of the President's Office, President's Cabinet and provide direct leadership to the Office of Communications and Brand Management.

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July 16, 2021

Alumna Karen Ann Hawkins Leaves EKU Largest Single Gift in Institution's History

Eastern Kentucky University announced it received its single largest gift in the school's history today, more than $2.5 million left by Karen Ann Hawkins, who passed away last November.

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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 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


2021 Big E Welcome Week

To kick off the start of the semester, we greeted the Class of 2025 with our traditional Big E Welcome – days of events and activities, such as the Welcome Walk, Powell Palooza, New Student Convocation and the President’s Party.

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Why EKU?

Why do students choose EKU? Faculty who care, flexible learning options, opportunities to be themselves, and the Campus Beautiful, among others. Hear from students and faculty what makes EKU a second-to-none experience.

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COVID-19 Update for Fall 2021

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. Learn more about vaccine opportunities and information for Fall 2021 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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