Orientation FAQ's


Whitlock Building
EKU Richmond Campus

Student Success Building




What Is Orientation? (top)

The Orientation Program:

  • Is REQUIRED for all new freshmen
  • Includes time to meet with academic advisors, register for classes, tour the campus, and gather information on campus activities and services
  • Includes special sessions for parents and guests, to involve them in the process of helping their students succeed
  • Gives families an opportunity to join the Eastern Family Network

When Is Orientation? (top)

Orientation for students starting in the Spring will be held January 12. Summer Orientation sessions will be held throughout the summer at a rate of about 3 per week in June for students attending the Richmond campus. Dates for Summer 2017 Orientation will be released soon.

Arrival time for all orientations is 8 a.m. and the day will conclude at approximately 4:30pm. There is separate specific programming for both parents and students.

If you plan to attend one of the regional campuses, please contact that campus for their advising and registration days and times.

  • Corbin (606) 528-0551

  • Danville (859) 236-6866

  • Manchester (606) 598-8122

Where Is Orientation? (top)

Orientation will take place in the Whitlock Building (formerly known as the Student Success Building).

Reserving Your Place in Orientation (top)

Ready to register? Registration for Orientation will be available soon!

Academic Testing Information (top)

Important Placement Testing Information!

Before you can be advised and registered for classes, you may need to takeplacement test(s).

You must take placement tests if you have an ACT score below:

  • 18 in English

  • 19 (for Math 105) or 22 (for MAT 112/114) in Mathematics

  • 20 in Reading

OR an SAT score below:

  • 430 in Writing

  • 460 (for Math 105) or 510 (for Math 112/114) in Mathematics

  • 470 in Critical Reading

If you are required to take placement tests, you must take the test(s) at least 24 hours prior to your Orientation date. 

To schedule pre-Orientation placement test(s), visit the Academic Testing Office website at http://www.testing.eku.edu/placement. All placement tests for Orientations will be conducted at 12:15 pm on the scheduled date.

If you have a question about whether you need placement tests, please call Academic Testing at (859) 622-1281.  If you have transfer credit in one of these areas, call the Transfer Center at (859) 622-7686.

Students required to take the mathematics placement test should bring a standard calculator. To view a sample test, go to http://testing.eku.edu/testing-samples-developmental.

Special Assistance

Parents, guests, or students requiring specific accommodations should contact the Center for Student Accessibility (CSA) at (859) 622-2933 at least one week prior to the event.  Individuals who need to request interpreters for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing should submit an Interpreter Request Form online at http://aslie.eku.edu/request. For those requiring other interpreting services (Spanish, German, etc.) or in need of additional accommodations should contact fyp@eku.edu and we will ensure that your party's needs will be met to the best of our abilities!http://disabilities.eku.edu/

Information for Parents and Guests (top)

A special program will be offered for family members and guests. An opportunity will be provided to meet with representatives from various divisions of the University including:

  • Financial Aid
  • Student Accounting Services
  • Dining Services
  • EKU Bookstore
  • Public Safety

A guided tour will also be available on request.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents and Family Members/Guests will be separated from their students after the Opening Welcome Session so that they may break out into smaller groups with their Orientation Leaders. Students will regroup with their parents and guests at the Showcase in Keen Johnson at 3pm.

Orientation Fees (top)

$75 per student. 

The Orientation pre-payment should be made through EKU Direct prior to attending Orientation. Once you log into EKU Direct, you will click on "Make a Payment". Click on E-deposits on the TouchNet homepage. You will see several options including Housing Prepayment (which you should not do until you have received communication from the Housing Office to make this payment), Orientation Prepayment and Orientation Prepayment - Extended Campus. Choose Orientation Prepayment, select Spring 2017 and follow the steps.

EKU Developmental Education & College Readiness Program (top)

The Developmental Education & College Readiness Program at Eastern Kentucky University helps students achieve academic success by developing or enhancing skill level proficiencies in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics needed for success in college-level courses. At EKU and other colleges and universities nationwide, students must demonstrate basic skill proficiencies in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics as determined by ACT or placement test scores. Since these proficiencies are determined through the ACT test, all students are responsible for having ACT scores and subscores on file at the University. Before confronting a rigorous academic program, students identified through testing as needing additional help in these basic skill areas are placed in developmental or college readiness courses designed to improve their skills.

Students have the opportunity to take University Placement Tests to demonstrate basic skill proficiencies. To schedule placement tests please contact the Academic Testing office at 859-622-1281. Practice placement tests and testing opportunities are available at www.testing.eku.edu.

ACT Test (top)

ACT scores and subscores provide essential information used during advising and registration. If you have not taken the ACT, please contact ACT (www.act.org), your high school counselor, or the EKU Office of Academic Testing (859-622-1281) about scheduling the test. When you take the test, please make sure that an official copy of your scores is sent to Eastern Kentucky University. If you cannot schedule the exam in your home community or you would like to retake the exam, EKU offers a Residual ACT exam. You may contact the Office of Academic Testing to make arrangements to take the Residual ACT on the Eastern Kentucky University campus prior to Orientation.  Dates for the exams are available on the Academic Testing website (www.testing.eku.edu).

If you have taken the national ACT, you must make sure that the results have been reported to the Office of Admissions at Eastern Kentucky University.