Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)

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Eastern Kentucky University can be found in Richmond, KY, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Approximately 16,000 students are enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University.

The majority of students admitted to EKU earned an SAT score within the range of 990 to 1170, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 20 to 26. We were able to estimate the EKU average GPA (3.06 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 94% of all those students that apply are accepted to Eastern Kentucky University, from which 28% choose to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the EKU acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 84%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.eku.edu.

Overall EKU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Eastern Kentucky University was reported as 93.8% in Fall 2020 with over 8,980 applications submitted to Eastern Kentucky University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • EKU ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • EKU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Eastern Kentucky University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into EKU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for EKU has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 86.3%
  • 2017-2018: 87.4%
  • 2018-2019: 87.3%
  • 2019-2020: 93.8%
  • Projected EKU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 83.5%

How Does EKU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Eastern Kentucky University is sixty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Morehead State University78.9%
Campbellsville University70.1%
University of the Cumberlands80.0%
Northern Kentucky University90.2%
Xavier University76.4%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to EKU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 590
Math500 - 580
Total Score990 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 27
Math18 - 25
Composite Score20 - 26
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