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What's Next

Congratulations on your acceptance to Eastern Kentucky University!

Below is a checklist of steps for you to complete as you make plans to join us on campus this Summer or Fall term.  You can also download a printable version of the checklist.  Once you attend Orientation and confirm your enrollment, you will be considered an enrolled student.

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  1. Set up your EKU accounts:  EKU Direct & EKU Student email accounts.
    EKU Direct is the administrative portal used by students to register for classes, accept your scholarships and pay tuition.
    To setup your accounts, login to your Admissions Portal by using this link and the email you applied with.  Choose your application on the screen and it will open to the welcome page #COLONELNATION.  On that page choose the EKU Direct tab.  Once you see a student number, password and student email, you can use the directions in blue at the bottom to set up your EKU Direct account and your student email. 
    For additional directions and information regarding technology, visit IT New Student Information or call the IT Helpdesk:  1-859-622-3000.

  2. Register for New Student Orientation.
    Choose from in person or virtual dates in late May, June or July.
    Regional campus students should register for orientation at the campus they plan to attend.

  3. Sign up for Housing.
    Submit your On Campus Housing Application or complete a Housing Exemption Request form.

  4. Apply for scholarships.
    Deadlines have been extended!  Kentucky residents have until April 1 to apply for admission to be automatically considered for merit scholarships.  All incoming freshmen have until April 1 to submit updated test scores for scholarship upgrades.

  5. Review financial aid options and complete any remaining paperwork.
    Be sure to have listed the EKU school code (001963) on your FAFSA and submit it as soon as possible.  Estimated Financial Aid award letters were sent at the end of February to any admitted student with a FAFSA on file.  Final financial aid award letters will be sent once tuition for the fall has been set.  Refer to Tuition & Fees and the BookSmart program for more details.  Details of your awards can be found in your EKU Direct account.
  6. Submit test scores or sign up for placement testing.
    Submit ACT, SAT, KYOTE (KY students) test scores or take the EKU Placement Exam.  These scores are used to place you in the correct English, Math and Science courses.  If you have not yet tested, sign up for the KYOTE test at your Kentucky high school or sign up for the Residual ACT (low cost) or EKU Placement exam (no cost if taken on campus).  Complete placement testing as soon as possible, but no later than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled New Student Orientation date.
  7. Accept your scholarships in EKU Direct no later than May 1.
    Scholarships that must be accepted by the deadline include:  Merit Scholarships Tier 1-4, Governor's Scholar, Out-of-State Merit Scholar I-IV, and Dr. Rodney Gross/New Horizon.

  8. Apply for services with the Center for Student Accessibility.  (optional)
  9. Submit a photo for your Colonel Card.
    You must be registered for Orientation in order to do this.
    Your Colonel Card serves as your official EKU ID and is used for services on campus like meal plans, building access, student athletic tickets, class attendance, Colonel Cash and as a library card.

  10. Submit AP Test Scores and/or college transcripts for Dual Credit courses.
    College level coursework that was completed during high school (dual credit) requires an official college transcript to be sent to EKU in order to receive credit.  You can request college transcripts from the Registrar's Office of the university through which you completed the dual credit courses.  You do not need to request transcripts for EKU dual credit courses.  Most colleges use a service such as the National Student Clearinghouse, eScripts or Parchment to send official electronic transcripts.  College transcripts should be sent to EKU Admissions.  AP test scores should be sent directly from the AP testing service to EKU.  Spring AP test scores are not received by EKU until July.

  11. Complete your Pre-advising Survey.
    About one month before Orientation you will recieve a pre-advising survey in your EKU Student email.  This survey will allow you to verify (or change) your major, see course choices for your chosen major, communicate about AP & dual credit coursework and provide feedback on general education course choices based on your interests.  Your academic advisor will use this survey to register you for classes.

  12. Sign up for the Colonels Now summer program if interested.
    Colonels Now is a summer program for incoming students.  You will take classes that are required of all freshmen.  Students report that the summer program helps ease their transition into college and makes it far easier to adjust in the fall.  Students can get ahead in their major or catch up if they have readiness needs.

  13. Attend your Orientation, confirm your enrollment and sign up for BookSmart.
    At Orientation, you will take a campus tour, connect with your academic area to review your schedule and confirm your enrollment, learn about campus resources, connect with other students and have fun!  More details will be sent via email closer to your scheduled Orientation date.  You will have the opportunity to sign up for BookSmart after you confirm your enrollment.



  1. Submit your final high school transcript. (June)
    Your final high school transcript should have all of your grades, your graduation date and must be dated the day of graduation or later.  You can request your transcript to be sent to EKU by contacting your high school. 
  2. Choose your campus housing room. (June)
    Be on the lookout for an email from the EKU Housing Office to choose your room during the month of June.  Plan what to bring to your room.
  3. Choose a Meal Plan.  (July)
    Card Services can assist you with questions about Meal Plans. 
  4. Order a parking pass if you will have a vehicle on campus. (July)
  5. Review your financial aid information for final details.  (July)
    Check your EKU Direct Financial Services tab.  Make sure there are not any additonal messages for document requests or missing signatures.  Also, you should be able to see final tuition and fees.
  6. Review the BookSmart program.  (July/August)
    Make any optional purchase at the EKU Barnes & Noble Bookstore online or when you come to campus.
  7. Pay your tuition and fees. (August)
    This is done online in your EKU Direct account. 
  8. Complete a Web-4-Parent form for parental access to pay bills online.  (optional)
  9. Help your family know what is going on while you are at EKU. (optional)
    Sign your parents or family up for the EKU Parent & Family Programs newsletter & social media.
  10. Move into your campus housing. (Students living on campus only.)
    Your specific move in date and time will be sent to you by EKU Housing & Residence Life later in the summer.  Reserve August 7th-13th for potential move in dates.
  11. Attend the Big E Welcome!
    The Big E Welcome will begin August 11-12th with move-in and continue with a full schedule of events August 13-15, 2021.  This program is for all incoming freshman and new undergraduate students with less than 30 hours, both residential and commuter students join in.

We can't wait to see you here at EKU!