University of Pikeville

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School Overview

The University of Pikeville, or UPike, (formerly Pikeville College) is a private four-year university located in Pikeville, Kentucky. The school was founded in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church and continues its affiliation with the church today. The university is currently part of a state-supported study (Bill 270) which aims to make the school part of Kentucky's state university system.

UPike offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees through six academic divisions and one medical college-the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Campus life is vibrant with over 30 student organizations, intramural sports, spiritual life groups, and more. Total annual enrollment at Upike is about 2,000 students. The University's intercollegiate athletic teams, the Bears, participate in the Mid-South Conference and compete as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the NAIA Division 1 level.

General Information

Admission Office

147 Sycamore Street

Pikeville, KY 41501-1194

(606) 218-5251

(866) 232-7700

Fax: (606) 218-5255

Contact: Melinda Lynch

Dean, Enrollment Management
Main Address

147 Sycamore Street

Pikeville, KY 41501

(606) 218-5250

Total undergrads: 771

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 183

Degree-seeking undergrads: 755


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $13,750 $14,250 $14,535 $15,250 +4.92%
Books and Supplies $1,600 $2,000 $2,000 $2,500 +25.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,250 $6,000 $6,000 $6,300 +5.00%
Other $4,000 $4,500 $4,500 $5,000 +11.11%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $13,000 $13,500 $13,500 $14,500 +7.41%
Other $4,500 $5,000 $6,000 $9,500 +58.33%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $24,600 $26,750 $27,035 $29,050 +7.45%
In-state Off Campus $32,850 $34,750 $36,035 $41,750 +15.86%
In-state with Family $15,350 $16,250 $16,535 $17,750 +7.35%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 172 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 172 97% $1,917,181 $11,146
• Federal grants 88 50% $361,491 $4,108
• Pell grants 88 50% $285,515 $3,244
• Other federal grants 66 37% $75,976 $1,151
State/local government grant or scholarships 119 67% $521,280 $4,381
Institutional grants or scholarships 160 90% $1,034,410 $6,465
Student loan aid 99 56% $516,310 $5,215
• Federal student loans 99 56% $487,310 $4,922
• Other student loans 3 2% $29,000 $9,667

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 86 63 40
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 14
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 14
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 22
Business Administration and Management 22
Communication and Journalism Programs 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9
Computing and Information Sciences 2
Computer and Information Sciences 2
Education 8
Elementary Education and Teaching 8
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 4
English Language and Literature 4
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 63 40
Osteopathic Medicine/osteopathy 63
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 40
History 6
History 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 3
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 3
Human Services 2
Social Work 2
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Mathematics 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Physical Sciences 3
Chemistry 3
Psychology 5
Psychology 5
Social Sciences 5
Sociology 5
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Art/art Studies 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 51%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management A,B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) A


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A,B

Social Sciences

Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Pikeville Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (606) 218-5250
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 147 Sycamore St, Pikeville, KY 41501
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,317
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 26%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,868 (81% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $20,950
Out-of-state Tuition: $20,950
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $18,042

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Pikeville Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Pikeville.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 111
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 51
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 11
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Grand total 3242

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Pikeville and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $20,950
Out-of-state $20,950
Books and supplies $2,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $8,100
Out-of-state $8,100

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 279 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 279 100% $18,042
Student loan aid 240 86% $6,813

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,462 94% $13,455
Federal student loans 921 59% $8,105

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Pikeville. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Pikeville students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Pikeville Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 2,317
Undergraduate enrollment 1,499
Graduate enrollment 818

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Pikeville Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
    • Optometry (OPT) - Professional degree programs
  • American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
    • Osteopathic Medicine (OSTEO) - Programs leading to the D.O. degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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