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Admitted Students

Welcome to the #ColonelNation!

Now that you’re admitted to EKU, the next step is to activate your EKUDirect account so that you can register for Orientation. Through EKU Direct you can also access many of the services you’ll need – from registering for classes to monitoring your student account. Here’s how:

  • Go to EKUDirect
  • Enter your EKU ID number as your User ID (EKU ID is on your Letter of Admission).
  • Enter your birth date (MM/DD/YY) as your initial PIN
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to change your PIN (must be a 6-digit number).


Click Here to Register for Orientation


Register for Orientation

Attending Orientation is the best way to become familiar with all that EKU has to offer. During this one-day special event, you’ll register for classes, have your photo taken for your EKU ID (Colonel 1 Card), select your meal plan, and much more! All first-time freshmen are required to attend. Registration is now open. 

Students who are over 21 or who have 24 or more transfer credit hours are exempt from attending Orientation. For more information, contact the Student Outreach and Transition Office (SOTO) at 859-622-7686.

Get Connected

Now that you are admitted, be sure to join the Facebook group for your class to connect with other Future Colonels and to find out more from current EKU students.

You can also follow EKU Housing (@EKUHousing), EKU Athletics (@EKUSports), EKU Student Life (@EKUStudentLife), EKU Greek Life (@EKUGreekLife), and EKU (@EKUStories) to keep up with events and interesting news from EKU.

Facebook   EKU Office of Admissions

Twitter   Follow @EKUAdmissions Use #EKU24 and #FutureColonel!

Instagram   EKUAdmissions

YouTube   ColonelCam (YouTube)

YouTube   @EKUStories

Enjoy First-Year Experience Events

First-Year Experience Events take place during the first few weeks of the fall semester and help students acclimate to campus. Social activities and academic opportunities provide a great way to meet other students and to transition into college life.  
Learn more.

Explore Your Housing Options

EKU is one of the largest residential campuses within the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 12 different residence halls on campus. 
Learn more about the individual Residence halls.

When you apply for housing, you’ll have the option of selecting a Living Learning Community (LLC) giving you the opportunity to connect with others with similar academic or social interests.
Learn more and review a complete list of LLC’s.

The housing application is now available via EKU Direct.  Be sure to apply early since housing arrangements are made on a first come, first served basis when the housing deposit is submitted.
Learn more.

Find Your Favorite Meal

Food choices are plentiful at EKU, and purchasing a meal plan is the most convenient and economical way to enjoy your favorite foods from Subway, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Moe's Southwest Grill, Steak 'n Shake, Java City, Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels and the huge variety at Case Kitchen.  Purchases at these convenient locations throughout campus can also be applied to meal plans.  Freshmen residents choose from five meal plan options, and the same variety of meal plans are also available to all other students.
Learn more.

Funding Your Education

Many students at EKU receive some form of financial aid.  The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for any federal or state aid.  Begin by creating a  pin for you and your parents and then complete the FAFSA application as soon as possible after January 1.  For more help, watch the “7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” video.

Merit scholarships are automatically awarded to qualifying in- and out-of-state students upon admission to EKU.  Your application for admission also serves as your scholarship application---no separate form to complete.  The scholarship priority deadline is February 1, so be sure to apply for admission early since scholarships are awarded until funds are exhausted. 
Learn more.

Some academic departments offer additional scholarships in varying amounts.  To find out if you qualify for departmental scholarships and how to apply, contact the department of your intended major by email or phone. 
Learn more.

Register for Parking

If you plan to bring a vehicle to campus, be sure to register your vehicle by purchasing your parking permit.

What’s Next?  

October 1 Complete the FAFSA
Mid-December Housing application is available
February 1 Priority deadline for merit scholarships
Early Spring Orientation and testing registration opens
Late Spring Financial aid award letters are sent
May - June Attend Orientation
Late June Begin receiving roommate/residence hall assignments
August Move in and begin classes!

Useful Contacts:

Financial Aid
Student Accounting Services
Student Life
Parking Permit
Center for Student Accessibility