Great journeys begin at EKU!  Take the next step toward charting your course at Eastern Kentucky University. Test our new freshman Scholarship Estimator to see if you qualify for an automatic merit award.

Admission Eligibility

A student is considered a freshman at EKU, when he or she has:

  • no previous college coursework, or
  • completed college coursework prior to high school graduation, or
  • earned 23 hours or fewer college credits since high school graduation.

Eastern Kentucky University takes a holistic approach to determining admission.  Below are the standards for guaranteed admission to the university as a first-time freshman:

ACT English: 18+ or SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 450

ACT Math: 19+ or SAT Math 480

ACT Reading: 20+ or SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 490

High School Cumulative GPA (unweighted): 2.5

New freshman applicants may also be granted Standard, Success First or Conditional admission.  All applicants, regardless of category, must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  

Visit the Admission Standard Calculator (ASC) at to determine you admission eligibility. 

*All students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and meet Kentucky college readiness standards in English (18), Math (19), Reading (20) on the ACT subject tests or SAT equivalents.  Students who do not meet the requirement for full admission may seek enrollment through a Success First initiative or may retest to demonstrate proficiency.

How to Apply

  1. Apply to EKU using the online application
  2. Submit payment for the $35 admissions processing fee.
  3. Provide an official high school transcript showing a minimum of six semesters of coursework at the time of admission and a final transcript post-graduation.   Students who have earned 23 hours or fewer of college credit since graduating high school must also provide an official college transcript.
  4. Send official ACT or SAT scores and transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  5. If you cannot access the online application you may download and mail the application (PDF format).