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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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April 8, 2021

Couple's 65 Collective Years of Service is Recognized on the Campus Beautiful

Among the many faculty and staff who make up the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University, couple Billy and Nancy Thames dedicated their lives to the teaching profession, with a combined tenure of 65 years working in the College of Education.

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March 29, 2021

EKU Student Nurses Giving Vaccine Shots to Fight COVID-19

Eastern Kentucky University's seventh-semester senior School of Nursing students are getting hands-on experience like no other students in the history of EKU's nursing program have gotten before.

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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 7, 2020

Divine Nine Plaza to Locate in Carloftis Gardens

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held recently for NPHC Divine Nine Plaza in EKU's Carloftis Gardens in recognition of the nine historically African American Greek-lettered, service-based fraternities and sororities under the council's umbrella.

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December 2, 2020

Scholarship, Conference Room Named for Gibson, Jr.

To ensure their father and grandfather's legacy will live on through future generations of EKU students, the Gibson family made a generous donation in memory of Dr. Charles H. Gibson, Jr. to establish an endowed scholarship and to renovate the conference room inside the Graduate School offices in the Whitlock Building.

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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 Spring Graduation

The weather cooperated for the most part, making it possible for families and friends to join us in celebrating our #EKU graduates in outdoor ceremonies at Roy Kidd Stadium.

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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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