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Colleges / Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY 4-Year Public

About Eastern

Eastern Kentucky University is a public, state school located in the small town setting of Richmond, KY, less than an hour from Lexington.

Founded in 1906, the institution currently enrolls around 14,465 students a year, including 12,070 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Eastern's endowment was valued at $60,200,000 in 2021. The school spends $6,979 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Eastern

Acceptance rate: 98%

Average GPA: 3.39

Mean ACT score: 23

Mean SAT score: 1075

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What is Eastern Kentucky University's acceptance rate?

Eastern is a minimally difficult school to get accepted to. Eastern accepts around 98 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Eastern is 3.39 on a 4.0 scale. Admitted students have a mean score of 1075 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 23.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Eastern a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 2,006 students who started at Eastern as first-time freshman, 656 graduate within four years.

Around 52 percent of students who started at Eastern earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $26,368 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Eastern sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Eastern a good school for YOU?

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College Info

521 Lancaster Avenue Richmond, KY 40475-3102

Campus Setting: Small Town

Eastern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Eastern is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Eastern is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Eastern ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Eastern is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Eastern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Eastern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1160


Math SAT Range

500 - 580


Reading SAT Range

490 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1160 and Above


990 to 1160


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Eastern students is 1075. Applicants with SAT scores of 1160 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Eastern, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1160 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Eastern.

Eastern Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Eastern is like? There are approximately 14,980 students enrolled at Eastern, including 12,662 undergraduate students and 2,318 graduate students. 78% percent of students attend school full-time, 85% percent are from KY and 15% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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Campus Setting

Small Town

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Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

Aug 1
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