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Eastern Kentucky University Data & Information Overview

246 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
98% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Eastern Kentucky University Ranked?

#954 Best Colleges in Nation
#11 Best Colleges in KY
Industrial Safety Technology Highest Ranked Major

2023 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 246 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is industrial safety technology/technician.

Overall Quality

Eastern is ranked #954 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Eastern held the #1,680 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Eastern also holds the #11 spot on the Best Colleges in Kentucky ranking.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Kentucky University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Eastern?

98% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Eastern Kentucky University is 98%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into Eastern is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 7% 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 590. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 470 to 580 )
Eastern received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Kentucky University  ( 19 to 25 )

Learn more about Eastern Kentucky University admissions.

Eastern Kentucky University Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
60% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Eastern Kentucky University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 60%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  60 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Kentucky University

79% Freshmen Retention
30% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Eastern Kentucky University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Eastern this rate is 30%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

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

Eastern Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
15.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,070 undergraduates at Eastern with 9,572 being full-time and 2,498 being part-time.

How Much Does Eastern Kentucky University Cost?

$13,763 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
$24,752 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Eastern is $13,763. 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 +
$11,333 $11,876 $14,287 $17,100 $17,342

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 59% of students took out student loans averaging $6,188 a year. That adds up to $24,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Eastern is 7.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Eastern Graduates Make?

$40,500 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Eastern make about $40,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Eastern Kentucky University

Kentucky State
9,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

71 Majors With Completions
2,537 Undergraduate Degrees
803 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 71 majors graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Of these students, 2,537 received undergraduate degrees and 803 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
General Psychology 224 $25,642
Criminal Justice & Corrections 183 $29,941
Liberal Arts General Studies 162 $30,148
Nursing 153 $58,745
Quality Control Technology 116 $67,935
General Biology 92 $25,881
Health & Physical Education 87 $21,422
Teacher Education Grade Specific 84 $32,879
General Business/Commerce 65 $37,931
Public Health 62 $27,112

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

Online Learning at Eastern

59% Take At Least One Class Online
27% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 8,515 students took at least one online class at Eastern Kentucky University. This is an increase from the 6,661 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 8,515 3,912
2018-2019 6,661 3,573
2017-2018 7,132 3,578
2016-2017 6,987 3,731
2015-2016 8,630 3,680

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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