Commitment to Christian Tradition
The University of Pikeville, an independent institution with a self-perpetuating board of trustees, was founded by Presbyterians in 1889. The University stands as an opportunity for quality higher education in the heart of Appalachia. Maintaining its commitment to Christian principles, the University recognizes the infinite worth of each person, respecting and accepting a variety of religious expressions.
Commitment to Students
While the University remains primarily committed to serving students from Appalachia, it encourages and welcomes students from all regions and cultural backgrounds. The University of Pikeville provides an opportunity for students to receive a quality education that focuses on the development of the whole person, including the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical dimensions.
Commitment to Education
The University of Pikeville offers associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for a variety of professions or careers. The undergraduate curriculum rests on a broad liberal arts foundation, emphasizing communicative and quantitative skills; independent thinking; tolerance of diverse points of view; cultural, historical and ethical awareness; and preparation for leadership, civic responsibility and lifelong learning. The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine provides graduate students with an osteopathic medical education that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, promotes lifelong scholarly activity and produces graduates who are committed to serving the health care needs of communities in eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian regions.
Commitment to Community and Region
The University of Pikeville is committed to enhancing the educational, cultural and economic opportunities for Appalachia through quality academic and continuing education programs as well as involvement in community service and humanitarian efforts.