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Admission Criteria

Full Admission

Students who meet the following criteria will be granted full admission to the University:

  • Have graduated from an accredited high school earning a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieved the minimum test scores: 
    ACT English: 18+ or SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 490
    ACT Math: 19+ or SAT Math 480
    ACT Reading: 20+ or SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 490
  • Meet the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum
  • Have submitted an official six-semester high school transcript, or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or documentation indicating completion of an EKU approved home-school or distance learning high school program.

All students must submit official test scores at the time of application.  

Adult Learners (21 years of age or older) may use Residual ACT, Compass Test, or University Placement Exam results in place of  ACT or SAT scores.

Students must submit final high school transcripts that show graduation.

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

Directed Admission

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.

Success First Initiative

Students who do not meet the specified criteria for full or directed admission and have a high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be granted admission to the University through the Success First Initiative. Students will be admitted to associate-level programs initially until they demonstrate academic success. Refer to Success First Initiatives in the College Readiness section of the undergraduate catalog for further details.

Note: All admitted students must meet the state-mandated college readiness standards for all subjects prior to registering for classes, or they must enroll in required preparatory coursework beginning their first academic semester.

Admission on Appeal

Students who apply but are denied admission to the University may submit a written appeal to the Admissions Appeals Committee.

The committee will carefully consider all aspects of the applicant’s situation, including academic record and desire to attend EKU, as presented in the appeal request.

If granted admission by the committee, students will partner with an academic success coach and sign a Student Success Agreement specifying academic expectations and requirements for remaining enrolled at the University.

The admissions appeal form and information regarding the appeals process can be found on the EKU Admissions website or in the Office of Admissions. 

EKU Admissions
521 Lancaster Avenue
Whitlock Building 112, CPO 54
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-2106 
Toll Free: (800) 465-9191
Fax: (859) 622-8024

For more information regarding the Student Success Agreement, see the university catalog.