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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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Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of our beautiful campus!

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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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October 4, 2021

Marling Wins Trow Scholarship

Joanna Marling, a junior with a double major in psychology and forensic biology and a double minor in criminal justice and veteran studies from Louisville, recently earned the prestigious JoAnne J. Trow Scholarship from the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society.

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September 29, 2021

Chautauqua Lecture: Dr. Cristobal Salinas Jr.

Dr. Cristóbal Salinas Jr., an award-winning advocate for social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, is scheduled to give the Hispanic Heritage Keynote address entitled, “Navigating Latinx/*: Challenging Norms of Language, Patriarchy and Gender” on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. as part of EKU’s Chautauqua Lecture Series.

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September 28, 2021

EKU Homecoming Returns to In-Person Festivities

Eastern Kentucky University invites past and current students, friends of the University, and residents of Richmond and Madison County to our 2021 Homecoming, taking place this weekend on The Campus Beautiful and in the City of Richmond.

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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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Fall 2021 Commencement

Congratulations Fall 2021 graduates! We celebrated EKU’s fall class of 2021 with commencement ceremonies in Alumni Coliseum on Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4. Family and friends joined in honoring more than 1,200 graduates.

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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 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 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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