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Housing & Residence Life

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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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of our beautiful campus!

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EKU Awarded Competitive Veterans Upward Bound Grant

With a long-standing reputation for excellence in veteran education, Eastern Kentucky University has been awarded a five-year grant for a Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program. VUB is a federally funded TRiO outreach program designed to prepare eligible, first-generation, low-income veterans to enter postsecondary education.

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Colonels Bring Relief to Kentucky Flood Victims

David Fifer, ’07 ’17, and his wife, Rebecca, ’08, were among the brave individuals working to help the families devastated by the flooding in eastern Kentucky.

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Eastern Kentucky University Closes Second Highest Fundraising Year

Eastern Kentucky University experienced its second-highest fundraising year with $9,684,818 in total commitments this fiscal year—just shy of last year’s $9.9 million record-breaking year.

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Photo Stories


Big E Welcome

Welcome Colonels! At this year's #BigEWelcome, we greeted the Class of 2026 with a bigger celebration than ever. Students enjoyed Big E Bash, featuring a free concert in the Ravine with Waka Flocka Flame, and our EKU traditions, such as the Welcome Walk, Powell Palooza, President’s Party and Big E Class photo.

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EKU Celebrates LatinX Heritage Month

LatinX Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th and it gives us the opportunity to celebrate the richness of LatinX cultures and communities in the United States. Hear from EKU faculty, staff, and students about the significance of sharing and celebrating LatinX Heritage Month at EKU.

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COVID-19 Update for Spring 2022

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 at
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The Campaign for EKU

Eastern Kentucky University’s largest and most comprehensive campaign has exceeded its initial $50 million goal. Although the goal has been met, fundraising efforts continue as part of the Make No Little Plans campaign, supporting student success, academic excellence, and campus revitalization.
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