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Your chances of getting into Eastern Kentucky University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

64.3%
Admission Difficulty for Eastern Kentucky University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Eastern is 64.3%.  Its admission rate is the 8th lowest in Kentucky.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Eastern and can you get accepted?

Eastern is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 10,174 out of the 15,821 who applied were admitted.

Eastern Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.39. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Eastern?

64% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Eastern Kentucky University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.39 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1060 on the SAT
  • Score 20 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Eastern GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.39

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Eastern Kentucky University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Eastern are to have around a 3.39 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Eastern accepts 64% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Eastern is 3.39 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #18 in Kentucky for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Eastern is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Eastern Kentucky University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 7.26% Good
3.75 to 3.99 26.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.66% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.69% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 14.83% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.26% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.31% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Eastern SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Eastern Kentucky University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 3% of students submitted SAT scores and 87% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

940-1185

Applicants Submitting SAT 

3%
SAT Scores for Eastern Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 470
Math 25th Percentile 470
Composite 25th Percentile 940
SAT Scores for Eastern Kentucky University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 590
Math 75th Percentile 595
Composite 75th Percentile 1185
Average SAT Score 1060

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Eastern Kentucky University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Eastern is 1060 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 940-1185. Students who get into Eastern Kentucky University score in the top 71 percent of all SAT test takers..  Eastern ranks #17 in the state of Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1060 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Eastern regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 940 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 940, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 820, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Eastern Kentucky University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1060 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1062, you have around a 64% chance of being admitted. A 1185 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 77% chance of getting in.

Eastern Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1185 and Above Good >77%
1062 to 1185 Avg + 64%-77%
940 to 1062 Avg - 48%-64%
818 to 940 Reach 33%-48%
Less than 818 Low <33%
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Eastern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

17-24 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

87%
ACT Scores for Eastern Kentucky University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 17
ACT Scores for Eastern Kentucky University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 23
Composite 75th Percentile 24
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Eastern?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Eastern is 20, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 17 and 24.  The school ranks #17 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 20. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 17 and score in the score in the top 69 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 87 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Eastern Kentucky University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Eastern Kentucky University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Eastern for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 20 score has around 64% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 79% with a 24 ACT score.

Eastern Kentucky University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >79%
20 to 24 Avg + 64%-79%
17 to 20 Avg - 51%-64%
14 to 17 Reach 37%-51%
Less than 14 Low <37%
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High School Class Rank

69% of Eastern Kentucky University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 39% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Eastern Kentucky University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 16%
Top 25% of class 39%
Top 50% of class 69%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Eastern Kentucky University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,007 5,814 15,821
Accepted 6,403 3,771 10,174
Acceptance Rate 64% 65% 64%
Enrolled 1,662 1,075 2,737
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 29% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

11

Applicants have 11 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Eastern Kentucky University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Eastern Kentucky University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Eastern Kentucky University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Eastern Kentucky University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Eastern is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.39 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1060 on the SAT and 20 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Eastern Kentucky University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=156620 IPEDS survey data for Eastern Kentucky University.

FAQs

Does Eastern Kentucky University prefer SAT or ACT?

3% of students submit their SAT scores to Eastern. 87% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Eastern Kentucky University?

64% of those who apply are granted admission to Eastern. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Eastern Kentucky University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 940 and 1185. The average SAT score is 1062. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Eastern Kentucky University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 24. The average ACT score is 20. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.