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Eastern Kentucky University is a public university establish in 1906. Located in Richmond, Kentucky, United States of America, the university has been performing with the motto “Get wisdom, get understanding”. Expanded in the area of 892 acres (3.61 km. square) the university runs under the presidency of Dr. Michael T. Benson. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), this undergraduate and graduate learning institution maintains three different regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, and Manchester and centers in Fort Knox, Lancaster and Somerset.

Central University was located at the present site of EKU during the time of its establishment in 1874. Central College consolidated with Centre College due to some financial problems in 1901. In 1906 the Kentucky General Assembly prepared an application to establish Eastern Kentucky State Normal School No. 1. The application was approved by the governor on March 21, 1906. In 1922 the college was renamed as Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College, after it became a four-year institution. In 1925 the college awarded its first degrees. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited the School in 1928. The college changed its name into Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College in 1928. After the addition of graduate studies in 1935, the college General Assembly erased the word Teachers from its name in 1948. In 1948 the college was applicable to award nonprofessional degrees. 1966 is the year when the college was officially named as Eastern Kentucky University. First doctoral degree was awarded by the University recently in the year 2010. EKU shelters 5 academic colleges and provides 160 degree programs to its students in associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Colleges functioning under the management of prestigious Eastern Kentucky University.

 -College of Arts and Science

-College of Business and Technology

-College of Health Sciences

-College of Education

-College of Justice and Safety


-John Grant Crabbe Library

-Business Library and Academic Commons (Sheltered under Business and Technology Complex)

-Music Library Branch (Sheltered within the Foster Building)

EKU has prepared various programs and curriculum to meet the taste and demand of its students. It holds wide variation in its programs and has courses of almost every field. The programs under EKU are:


-African/African-American Studies Program


-Animal Studies


-Apparel Design and Merchandising

-Applied Engineering Management

-Art and Design

-Associate Degree Nursing

-Athletic Training


-Bachelor of Science in Nursing



-Broadcasting and Electronic Media  

- Business and Marketing Education

-Career and Technical Education

-Chemistry (B.A)

-Chemistry (B.S)

-Child and Family Studies

-Communication Disorders

-Communication Studies

-Comparative Humanities

-Computer Information Systems

-Computer Science

-Construction Management

-Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies

-Criminal Justice

-Deaf Studies

-Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

-Early Childhood Special Education-IECE

-Earth Science/Teaching


-Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

-Elementary Education

-Emergency Medical Care

-English and Theatre

-Environment health science/Education

-Family and Consumer Sciences Education


-Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology

-Fire Protection Administration

-Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation

-Forensic Science

-French Studies

-General Business

-General Dietetics


-German Studies

-Globalization and International Affairs

-Graphic Communication Management

-Health Service Management


-Homeland Security

-Honors Program


-Interpreter Training Programs

-Japanese Studies

-Professional Golf Management


-Public Health

-Public Relations

-Recreation and Park Administration

-Risk Management and Insurance

-Social Work


-Spanish Studies

-Special Education Minor

-Sport Management


-Veterans Studies

-Wildlife Management

-Women and Gender Studies

Students all over the world belonging to various social, cultural and religious backgrounds have picked EKU as an effective means to drive them to success. The college has been serving qualitative education since the day of its establishment. The determination and the hard work of more than a century has made Eastern Kentucky University one of the most successful Universities ever existed.

Student Body Profile, fall 2010

-Average Freshman ACT Score: 21.1

-Percent women: 58%

-Percent men: 42%

-Percent White non-Hispanic: 77%

-Percent black: 6%

-Percent Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%

-Percent Hispanic: 2%

-Percent of other or multi races: 5%

The statistics shows that the qualitative and education system of EKU has not only attracted the Americans but also the students all around the world. The students from various country like England, Australia, Japan, China, India, Germany, Mexico etc. have been the part of prestigious EKU.

Enrollment by Campus, Fall 2010

-Total enrollment for all campuses: 16,567

-Main Campus (Richmond): 14,520

-Corbin Campus: 950

-Danville Campus: 553

-Manchester Campus: 294

Presidents under whose presidency the college stood still and rose above difficulties and have sketched this long prestigious history:

-Ruric Nevel Roark 1906-1909

-Mary C. Roark 1909-1910

-John Grant Crabbe 1910-1916

-Thomas Jackson Coates 1916-1928

-Dr. German Lee Donovan 1928-1941

-Dr. William Francis O’Donnell 1941-1960

-Dr. Robert R. Martin 1960-1976

-Dr. J.C Powell 1976-1984

-Dr. Hanley Funderburk 1984-1998

-Dr. Robert W. Kustra 1998-2001

-Joanne K. Glasser, Esq 2001-2007

-Dr. Charles Douglas Whitlock 2007-2013

-Dr. Michael T. Benson 2013-Present

The prestigious position in which the University stands isn’t possible through one man’s effort. It is a combined effort made by the students, teachers and academic and non- academic staffs. The college also has 15 varsity teams, known as Colonels and Lady Colonels.

Eastern Kentucky University has made an irreplaceable space among the educational institution all around the world. The University has been awarded various honors for its effort toward excellence. Expanding the horizon of its programs and curriculum and serving of effective and qualitative education, the University has been the center of attraction for students all around the world. The University has stood as a definition of excellence.