Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements apply to all EKU associate, bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate certificate programs. The requirements will vary based on whether you are a first-time freshman (determined by coursework history not age) or a transfer student. Please read the criteria carefully and contact an enrollment advisor with any questions.

First-Time Freshman

A student is considered a freshman at EKU, when he or she has: no previous college coursework, or completed college coursework prior to high school graduation, or earned 23 hours or fewer college credits since high school graduation.

Below are the requirements for admission to the university as a first-time freshman:

Standard Admission: High School Cumulative GPA (unweighted): 2.50 or higher

Success First Admission: High School Cumulative GPA (unweighted): 2.00-2.49

*All students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

While test scores are not required for admissions purposes, students are encouraged to submit test scores for proper course placement in English and mathematics courses.

Transfer Students

A transfer student at EKU:

Has earned 23 or fewer hours of college work since high school graduation*, or has earned 24 or more semester hours at another institution.

The scholastic requirement for admission as a transfer student is a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students must be in good academic and financial standing at their previous institution. 

Students who have earned 23 hours or fewer of college credits after high school graduation must also provide a final high school transcript and meet the requirements for incoming freshmen.

To be admitted as a transfer student, you must: Submit a final official transcript from each institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education you have attended. Note that the transcript must be sent from the student’s institution to Eastern Kentucky University’s Office of Admissions. Hand carried transcripts that are not sealed will not be accepted.