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“My time as a student at UPIKE has been transformative. The knowledge, confidence and connections I have developed will benefit me indefinitely. I am proud to be a Bear!"Jada Hood / Lexington, KY / Biology
“My time as a student at UPIKE has been transformative. The knowledge, confidence and connections I have developed will benefit me indefinitely. I am proud to be a Bear!"
Jada Hood / Lexington, KY / Biology
UPIKE embodies the true spirit of the Appalachian region. Our grit and pride power our efforts to create opportunities for all types of learners. So come and see – there are more opportunities here than anyone could have ever imagined.
Eastern Kentucky is one of the most scenic spots in the nation. Our campus is built right into the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Hiking, boating, fishing, zip-lining and more are just minutes away. Trust us – you’ll love it here.
The University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) has taken the lead nationally to remove financial barriers and increase diversity in the optometry profession by providing grants for potential students and covering the cost of taking the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). KYCO has successfully managed to support 25 students in taking the OAT […]
UPIKE-Kentucky College of Optometry’s Assistant Professor Rachel Fitzgerald, O.D., was named Young Optometrist of the Year at the Kentucky Optometric Association’s 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony held on December 8. This award is given annually to a doctor who has been practicing less than 10 years and has made significant contributions and commitments to the optometric […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is introducing a new global health minor beginning in January 2021. Using a mixed-method approach, the global health minor is designed to leverage campus expertise alongside the work of UPIKE’s community partners to provide students with a distinctive, skills-based credential that is transferable across communities and health sectors. As the […]
On Friday, December 4, the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosted an implicit bias workshop, via Zoom, to educate faculty on the forms and impact of implicit bias. The overall goal is to create an environment that is more inclusive and equitable for all students at UPIKE. By definition, implicit […]
On December 1, 2020, the University of Pikeville will celebrate Giving Tuesday with its annual UPIKE Giving Tuesday Challenge. This year’s Giving Tuesday marks the fifth year that UPIKE has participated in the international celebration of philanthropy. The day of giving highlights the achievements of faculty, staff and students across campus, seeks to raise funds […]
In cooperation with the guidelines announced Wednesday, November 18,from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, the University of Pikeville will transition to virtuallearning on Monday, November 23, for most undergraduate students. Since the university had planned to finish the remainder of the semester virtually after Thanksgiving, UPIKE will beginthe transition only a few days earlier than expected. […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2024 during a Virtual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was prerecorded and available for students, friends and family to view and celebrate this milestone for these future physicians. White coat […]
VSP Global announced that Morgan Rogers is the recipient of the 2020 VSP Vision of Hope Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by VSP and awarded annually by the Kentucky College of Optometry to one of its excelling, first-year students who intends to practice in the rural Appalachian region. Rogers received $5,000 toward her education. “Attending […]