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Eastern Kentucky University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Eastern Kentucky University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Eastern Kentucky University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Eastern Kentucky University was awarded 38 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Eastern as #1,104 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 27 colleges in Kentucky, Eastern is ranked at #13.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Kentucky University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Eastern?

Acceptance Rate

Eastern Kentucky University has an acceptance rate of 87%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Eastern.

Average Test Scores

About 3% of students accepted to Eastern submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 560. Math scores were between 480 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 570 )
Eastern received ACT scores from 98% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 20 to 25 )

Learn more about Eastern Kentucky University admissions.

Eastern Kentucky University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Eastern Kentucky University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Eastern Kentucky University is 58%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  58 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Kentucky University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Eastern Kentucky University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Eastern is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Eastern Kentucky University.

Average Overall Diversity at Eastern

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,662 undergraduates at Eastern with 9,908 being full-time and 2,754 being part-time.

Eastern Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Eastern scored 50.38 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  50.38 out of 100
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How Much Does Eastern Kentucky University Cost?

The overall average net price of Eastern is $13,845. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Eastern

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,920 $11,864 $14,507 $16,619 $17,363

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Eastern, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Eastern, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,730 a year. That adds up to $22,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Eastern is 10.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Eastern Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Eastern make about $36,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 9% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Eastern Kentucky University make the most money.

Location of Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University is a public institution situated in Richmond, Kentucky. Richmond is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for Eastern are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 521 Lancaster Ave, Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Phone: 859-622-1000

Eastern Kentucky University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 74 majors graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Of these students, 2,939 received undergraduate degrees and 896 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 234 $25,800
Criminal Justice & Corrections 229 $29,500
Nursing 221 $57,000
General Psychology 186 $26,100
Quality Control Technology 106 $64,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 87 $29,700
General Biology 80 $20,200
Public Health 77 $27,800
Homeland Security 76 $35,100
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 76 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Eastern Kentucky University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Eastern

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 7,132 students took at least one online class at Eastern Kentucky University. This is an increase from the 6,987 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,132 3,578
2016-2017 6,987 3,731
2015-2016 8,630 3,680
2014-2015 8,368 3,455
2013-2014 6,230 2,966

Learn more about online learning at Eastern Kentucky University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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