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First Year Experience

First-Year Experience First-Year Experience (FYE) serves to help you connect to EKU inside and outside the classroom and empower you with experiences and resources to make your first year a powerful, engaging experience.

We strive to build all FYE programming on these three pillars:

EXCITE your Colonel spirit by embracing EKU traditions and embarking on your individual “Eastern Experience.”

EXCHANGE dialogue, ideas and perspectives with faculty, staff and peers to connect with the greater EKU community.

EXCEL inside and outside the classroom by establishing positive habits that will help make you a successful Colonel at EKU and beyond.

Our cornerstone FYE program, Big E Welcome, will allow you to build friendships and connections with other first-year students, equip yourself with skills to excel in the classroom, and truly welcome you into the EKU experience! Your Colonel Crew Leader (a current EKU student) will lead you through the festivities and share the week with you.

In addition to Big E Welcome, there are other events and experiences offered throughout the year that will allow you to make the most of your first-year experience!

Parent and family members, check out the Parent Portal for additional resources!


First Year

521 Lancaster Avenue
Powell Student Center,Room 152
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-3855

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