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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.
Five students from the University of Pikeville–Kentucky College of Optometry Class of 2021 were selected to pursue a residency. The newest optometrists from KYCO learned the location of their residency placements back in April on a day called Match Day. KYCO Associate Professor Eilene Kinzer, O.D., M.Ed., VFL, FAAO, states residencies give students advanced clinical […]
The University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) welcomed the Class of 2025 on July 19 for day one of a week-long orientation, signifying the beginning of a medical school journey for more than 150 KYCOM students. The Class of 2025 brings together diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to the UPIKE community […]
The University of Pikeville Alumni Association returned to the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati for a night of baseball on July 2. Activities began at 7:10 p.m. in Center Field Pavilion, where more than 100 UPIKE alumni, families and friends watched the Reds take on the Chicago Cubs before a crowd of over 40 thousand […]
The University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to recognize its honor students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Audrey Caudill of Bevinsville, Ky., (art), Kelsie Dean of Pineville, Ky., (art), Madison Daniels of Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia (communication), Lance Tackett of Beauty, Ky., (communication), Malcolm Green of New Ellenton, S.C., (criminal justice), […]
The University of Pikeville is pleased to announce the appointment of Janice Sword Way, Leadership Kentucky President, as the newest member of their Board of Trustees. She is a graduate of the 1987 Leadership Kentucky program and has served as the president of Leadership Kentucky since 2015. Pikeville, Ky., native Way began her career at […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is delighted to announce that Michael Bacigalupi, O.D., M.S., FAAO, FNAP, dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), has been elected to serve as secretary of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO). This officer’s position puts him on the Executive Committee for ASCO. Since the first […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is proud to announce the appointment of Gary K. Justice, ‘96, MBA ‘13, as dean of admissions. Justice has experience introducing the unique opportunities available at UPIKE to prospective students from diverse backgrounds and interests. His passion for the university’s mission to prepare students for the future while creating intellectual, cultural […]
Stephanie Stiltner, University of Pikeville (UPIKE) director of family connections, is a co-author of the book, “College Ready 2021: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition.” This book aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for families sending their students to college for the first time. Stiltner joins thirteen other family relations professionals […]