Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get directions to EKU's campus?

Eastern Kentucky University is located in Richmond, Kentucky, about 30 miles south of Lexington. View driving directions to campus

How do I arrange a visit?

Prospective students can choose from two types of visits: Spotlight Days or Weekday Campus Tours. You can register and learn more about the different types of visits on the EKU Campus Visit Page.

Where do EKU students come from?

Our students represent all 120 Kentucky counties, every one of the 50 states and about 60 nations.

Are you a 2 year or 4 year school? Public or private?

Eastern is a public university offering two-year and four-year degree programs.

What sports do you have?

EKU’s intercollegiate sports teams compete in the NCAA division 1 level (1-AA in football) in the Ohio Valley Conference. As a student, you’ll enjoy free admission to all athletic events.
Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis and track
Women’s Sports: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track and volleyball

What’s there to do on campus?

EKU’s 175 student organizations include honor societies, departmental clubs, activity and special interest organizations, social fraternities and sororities, service organizations, and religious groups.
You also can join an intramural team with friends, play competitively against other schools in club sports or work out in one of the University’s fitness and wellness centers.  There are also plays, concerts and a variety of other activities on campus.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Jacinda Bertie
Student Recruitment Specialist

Will my credits transfer? Even out of state?

If you attended or are currently attending a public college or university in Kentucky or any other regionally accredited college or university, your previous college coursework will transfer to EKU. Your transcript will be evaluated and credit will be applied to the appropriate general education, departmental or degree requirements. If you have taken courses that do not have exact equivalents at EKU, those credits will transfer as free electives.

Is on-campus housing available? Is it co-ed?

All single, full-time undergraduate students under the age of 21 or having fewer than 60 credit hours are required to live in University residence hall facilities. Exception is made for students residing with their parents within 50 miles of the Richmond campus. Some residence halls are co-ed. For more information visit or call the Housing Office at 859-622-1515 and request a housing brochure.

Do freshman have to live on campus?

All single, full-time undergraduate students under the age of 21 or having fewer than 60 credit hours are required to live in University residence hall facilities. Exception is made for students residing with their parents within 50 miles of the Richmond campus. For more information visit EKU Housing or call the Housing Office at 859.622.1515 and request a housing brochure.

What is the average class size and student/teacher ratio?

The student/teacher ratio at EKU is about 17-1 and the average class size is 25 students.

I have a disability, is there anyone on campus to help me with my needs?

Eastern Kentucky University has an Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities that represents our continuing commitment to providing access for all Kentuckians. We want to work with you to help foster the growth and development of the unique skills and talents, which you bring to campus. For more information visit the EKU Disabilities Office web site.


How do I apply for admission?

The admissions process is easy and we encourage you to apply early. Just submit a completed EKU application, the application fee and have your ACT scores and academic transcripts sent to EKU’s Admissions Office. Information and forms are available at, you can even apply online.

What tests do I need to take, ACT or SAT?

The ACT is recommended, however, a table is available for comparable SAT scores.

What kind of grades and test scores do I need to get in?

To be granted full admission to EKU, you must have:

  1. Graduated from an accredited high school and earned a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or received a G.E.D., or completed an EKU-approved home-school or distance learning high school program
  2. Submitted a minimum ACT composite score of 18 (with subscores meeting or exceeding 18 in English, 19 in Math and 18 in Reading) or SAT combined verbal/critical reading and mathematics score of 870 or higher.
  3. Met the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum
  4. Submitted official copy of final high school transcript or G.E.D. exam results.

How do I request a brochure?

Fill out our online form to request more information.

Is there an application fee?

Currently the application fee is $30

I’ve already been admitted, what do I do now?

Once you’ve been admitted:

  • Apply for campus housing. A housing application will be mailed after you’ve been notified of admission into EKU.
  • Apply for financial assistance
  • Attend orientation

Financial Information

How much does it cost to attend?

EKU provides a high-quality education at a price that you can afford. View current tuition costs

Can I receive financial aid to help pay for college?

For full consideration for financial aid, you must first apply and be admitted to EKU. Once you’re admitted, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. You can get the FAFSA several ways: from your high school guidance counselor; at; by calling the EKU financial aid office at 859.622.2361; or by calling the Federal Student Aid office at 800.433.3243.

How can I get financial aid information?

Visit the EKU Financial Aid website at or call the Financial aid office at 859.622.2361

Do you offer academic scholarships?

EKU awards numerous scholarships based on academic merit, special talents or accomplishments, and need. Eligibility for need-based scholarships and other forms of assistance is determined by your family’s income and whether other family members are also attending a postsecondary institution.

The College of Justice & Safety also offers an academic scholarship for students majoring in one of our programs. This scholarship provides $1,250 per semester, which may be renewed a maximum of seven times. (Renewal is contingent upon continued outside funding of scholarships). To receive a College of Justice & Safety academic scholarship application, contact the office of the dean at 859.622.3565 or email Janice Marcum.

College Information


What degree programs are offered?

The College of Justice & Safety offers bachelor's degrees in:

  • Assets Protection and Security
  • Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies (Online Only)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Fire Arson and Explosion Investigation
  • Fire Protection Administration 
  • Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology
  • Homeland Security
  • Occupational Safety
  • Police Studies

We also have masters degree programs in:

  • Adult, Juvenile and Community Corrections Leadership (Online Only)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Safety, Security & Emergency Management

How do the College of Justice & Safety’s programs compare to other programs?

Because the programs offered at the College of Justice & Safety are so unique we are often in a class of our own.

  • Our Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies program is the only program in the nation devoted exclusively to preparing students for careers in adult corrections or juvenile justice.
  • The Police Studies program is the only four-year policing program in Kentucky and one of the few in the nation dedicated to professional policing.
  • The Emergency Medical Care program is the only accredited paramedic education program in Kentucky and one of only a handful in the nation offering a four-year degree.
  • Our Fire and Safety programs are considered some of the best in the nation and students come from all over the country to study these programs at EKU.

How many students are in the College? Where do they come from?

There are about 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Justice & Safety. Because our programs are so unique and respected, students come from all over the country to attend EKU’s College of Justice & Safety.

Does the College of Justice & Safety offer 2 year or 4-year degree programs? Public or private?

Eastern is a public university and the College of Justice & Safety offers two-year and four-year degree programs.

Do you have a degree in Forensic Science?

EKU offers one of the only accredited forensic science programs in the country. Due to the high concentration of science-focused courses, that program is housed in the College of Arts and Science and more information can be found here.