Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, is a public institution of higher education established in 1906. Currently, EKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and has been ranked as 60th by the US News & World Report in the list of ‘Top Southern Master's Universities’ for its 2008 edition.
EKU has distance education programs that are very popular, and has in fact lead to a 40% increase in the overall enrollment of the university in 2008. The distance education programs are delivered through interactive TV courses, Internet courses, and the Kentucky Virtual Campus (KYVC).
EKU's College of Justice and Safety offers online course during summer for its students. It also offers fully online degree programs in the following areas:
Corrections & Juvenile Justice (MS and BS)
Safety, Security & Emergency Management (MS)
Fire & Safety Engineering Technology (BS)
It also offers fully online certificate programs (professional and graduate certificate) such as Youth Services, Homeland Security, Ergonomics, and Fire & Safety Engineering Technology, to name a few.
Basic admission requirements to EKU for undergraduate programs include:
High school transcript or GED certificate
SAT or ACT scores
Completion of Kentucky's Pre-College Curriculum, or the equivalent thereof
Tuition at EKU for online courses is listed at $358 per credit hour for undergraduate programs and $517 per credit hour for graduate programs.
Financial aid is available at EKU in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. Just recently EKU has announced that it will be participating in the Federal Direct Loan Program.