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The first step toward beginning your education at Eastern Kentucky University is to apply for admissions. Whether you’re applying as a first-time freshman, transferring, pursuing graduate studies, or enrolling in a fully online program, you’ll find the information you need to get started here. The application can be completed online in less than 10 minutes. Plus, there’s no application fee and test scores are optional, even for most scholarships!

First-time Freshman

Will you be coming to EKU as a first-time freshman? If so, you’ll need to apply for undergraduate admissions. Your path to becoming a Colonel is just a few steps away.

To Apply:

  1. Fill out the free online application.
  2. Submit your high school transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submit ACT or SAT scores (not required, but encouraged for determining appropriate course placement).

Need to update your original application entry term or major? Login to your portal and complete the application update form.

Admission Eligibility

All students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • 2.5 or higher cumulative high school GPA (unweighted) for standard admission
  • 2.00 – 2.49 cumulative high school GPA (unweighted) for Success First admission

After You Apply

  • Submit your FAFSA beginning October 1.
  • Send your final high school transcript after you’ve graduated.

Learn more about undergraduate admissions.


Transfer your college credits to finish your degree at EKU! If you have earned 23 or fewer hours of college credit since high school graduation, or have earned (or are in progress of earning) 24 or more credit hours at another institution, you’ll be considered a transfer student at EKU.
Before applying, we recommend  scheduling an appointment with a transfer advisor, and using our Transfer Equivalency Course Lookup tool to see how your courses will transfer to EKU.
When you’re ready to apply, get started with the steps below.

To Apply:

  1. Fill out the free online application.
  2. Send us your high school transcript (if you have 23 or fewer credit hours).
  3. Send us your official transcripts from each accredited university you attended, including dual credit from high school.

Admission Eligibility

Transfer students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and be in good academic and financial standing at their previous institution.

Learn more about transferring to EKU.


EKU’s online degree programs provide access to the same EKU courses, from the same distinguished professors, in a user-friendly remote learning environment. Most importantly, a degree earned through EKU Online holds the same reputation for quality as our on-campus degrees. And the admission requirements are the same, whether enrolling in courses online or on campus.

To Apply:

  1. Fill out the free online application.
  2. Provide official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.
  3. If you’ve earned fewer than 24 college-level transferable credit hours since completing high school or a GED, provide your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

Learn more about EKU’s online degree programs.


Do you plan to attend EKU as an international student? EKU offers a friendly and welcoming environment for all students to learn and engage in cultural experiences. Learn more and begin your enrollment process by visiting the EKU International site.

International Admissions

EKU’s Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement works with students and the EKU community to retain underrepresented minority students by creating an inclusive environment where they can thrive, celebrating their national and international cultures, and supporting their personal and professional development.

EKU Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement


Looking to advance your career or take it in a new direction? EKU’s Graduate School can help you get ahead with affordable tuition; top-notch instruction; and flexible master’s, doctoral and specialist degree programs.

To Apply:

  1. Fill out the free online application.
  2. Provide official entrance exam scores (GRE, MAT or GMAT), if applicable.
  3. Provide official undergraduate transcripts (if not an EKU graduate).
  4. Submit letters of recommendation, if required for the academic program.

How Soon Can I Apply?*

  • August 1 for the following fall semester
  • October 1 for the following spring semester
  • April 1 for the following summer semester

*Individual academic departments may have additional deadlines or requirements.

Learn more about EKU’s Graduate School.

Dual Credit

Will you come to EKU as a high school student enrolled in dual credit courses? Learn more and take the next steps toward your academic success by visiting the EKU Dual Credit site.

EKU Dual Credit

The Clery Act Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the EKU Police Department website. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, or property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Richmond, Corbin, Danville, Lancaster, Manchester and Somerset campuses. It contains policies on crime reporting, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention and other matters. The report also provides information regarding fire safety and statistics. To obtain a paper copy of this report, contact the EKU Police at 859-622-1111.

The department also maintains a daily log of campus crimes and fires that are reported to campus and local police.