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Eastern Kentucky University is an undergraduate and graduate teaching and research institution located in Richmond, Kentucky. EKU has satelite campuses in Corbin, Danville, and Manchester.

Eastern Kentucky University has a distinguished record of educational service to the Commonwealth. Its current enrollment is about 16,000, who are involved in one or more of 168 degree programs.

EKU was founded in 1906, as a teacher’s college, then known as Eastern Kentucky State Normal School.

It became a four-year institution in 1922, and the name was changed to Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. The college awarded its first degrees under that name in 1925.

In 1928, the college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The name was again changed, this time to Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College, in 1930.

The college started its graduate study programs in 1935. Thirteen years later, in 1948, the General Assembly removed the word “Teachers” from the academy’s name, and granted it the right to grant nonprofessional degrees.

In 1966, the school was officially renamed Eastern Kentucky University.

Today, EKU is a coeducational, public institution recognized for its graduate Criminal Justice program. Additionally, it has graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education and teaching, nursing, business administration, public administration, and public health.

The Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Technology here offers assistance to businesses, organizations, industries, and communities to aid in their development.

The university’s Campus Recreation Service aims at providing various recreational opportunities to a diverse university community.

The Eastern Progress, the campus newspaper, was founded in 1922, after two previous campus newspapers had quit publication. It is published on essentially a weekly basis during the school year, excluding major holiday breaks, for a total of about 30 issues per academic year.

The University’s radio station, WEKU, broadcasts classical music and NPR, which serves much of central and southeastern Kentucky.

Five types of financial aid are available here, including grants, loans, employment, entitlements, and scholarships.

The first three are need-based programs. Entitlements contain resources from the Veterans Administration and Vocational Rehabilitation. Scholarships are awarded from the institution, as well as outside sources.

Eastern Kentucky University's sports teams, which compete in NCAA Division I in the Ohio Valley Conference, are known as the "Colonels." The football team is classified as Division I-AA.

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