Parents & Families

Now is a great time for students and families to experience Eastern Kentucky University for a firsthand look at “The Campus Beautiful.” A visit to EKU is a great opportunity to meet with faculty and staff who will be guiding and supporting students throughout their academic journey. 

Weekday Campus Visit

A 2 ½ hour campus visit including an informational session and walking/trolley tour of campus.


Open house events planned for a ½ day on select Saturdays offer in-depth information about aspects of campus, one-on-one time with leaders from academic and student services departments during the Showcase, lunch in the Fresh Food Company, and a tour of campus.

2015 Spotlight Days

  • 9:00 am, February 7

Major Meetups

An entire day filled with informative events including a question and answer session with Admissions, a walking/trolley tour, lunch in the Fresh Food Company, and an afternoon with the academic college of your choice to meet with faculty and advisors. Major Meetups occur on Wednesdays or Thursdays and rotate between the five academic colleges. 

â–ºRegister now.


EKU is one of the largest residential campuses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. With 15 different residence halls, students have a variety of options for on-campus housing. Learn more about the individual Residence halls.

When students apply for housing, they will have the option of selecting a Living Learning Community giving them an opportunity to connect with others with similar academic or social interests. Learn more.

Students who know someone they would like to room with can make that request when they apply for housing. To assist University Housing in placing students together:

  • both students should complete their housing applications and send their housing deposits ($100 per person) during the same calendar month, and
  • each student should include his/her prospective roommate’s EKU ID number on the housing application along with his/her own EKU ID number.

The housing application is available in mid-December. Students are housed on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the date the housing deposit is received. Learn more.

Financial Aid, Fees and Tuition

Tuition rates are based on residence status. Current tuition rates for 2014-2015 are:

In state: $3,960 per semester
Out of state: $8,724 per semester

Learn more about tuition and other fees.

Financial aid is available to many students. More than 80% of EKU students receive some form of financial aid. 

Grants and Loans

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be awarded any federal or state grants or loans. 

  1. Apply for a PIN
  2. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.

Help with these steps | 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video


General merit scholarships are awarded to in- and out-of-state students automatically to qualifying students once admitted to the University. While there is no application for these scholarships, the priority deadline is February 1. Upgrades will be awarded until March 1, and new awards will be offered until funds are exhausted.

Departmental Scholarships

Many academic departments offer additional scholarships in varying amounts. To find out the qualifications for departmental scholarships and for information on how to apply, students should contact the department of their intended major by email or phone.
Learn more.

Additional Scholarships and information.

Dining options

Food choices are plentiful at EKU, and purchasing a meal plan is the most convenient and economical way to enjoy all the favorites from Subway, Chic-fil-a, Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels and the huge variety at the Fresh Food Company. Meal plans are selected during Orientation. 

Learn more. 

Orientation and First Year Programs (FYP)

New students are required to attend a one-day Orientation, and parents and families are welcome---and encouraged---to attend. During Orientation, students will:

  • Meet with an advisor,
  • Register for classes,
  • Have their photo taken for their Colonel 1 Card,
  • Select meal plan,
  • Talk with representatives from University Housing, and
  • Order their textbooks.

Registration for Orientation dates opens in March.
Learn more.

Students who are transferring to EKU from another school should make plans to attend Transfer Orientation. 
Learn more.

Learn more about programs offered through the First Year Programs office: