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UPIKE has a long history of defying expectations. However you may have viewed yourself, the Appalachian community or the world before setting foot on our campus, we will encourage, inspire or even dare you to believe in a whole new realm of possibilities.
“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.
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 […]
Jennifer Dugan, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Howard Roberts, Ed.D., dean of the Coleman College of Business; and Karen Damron, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing and Human Services, have released the names of the top students at the University of Pikeville for the spring 2021 semester. To qualify for […]
University of Pikeville President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., has released the names of the top students for the spring 2021 semester. To qualify for the President’s List, students must be full-time and receive a grade point average of 4.0. College of Arts and Sciences Bell County: Kelsie Dean of Pineville. Boone County: Cody Morehead of […]
University of Pikeville alum, adjunct professor and ‘award-winning’ cartoonist, illustrator and author Christopher Epling ’96 published his most recent graphic novel, The Hillbilly Bigfoot Paranormal Survival Guide. Epling, a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, is a graduate of both UPIKE and the University of Kentucky, along with spending a year studying at the Geospatial-Intelligence Agency […]
The UPIKE 33rd Annual Branham-Justice Scholarship Golf Tournament was held May 7, 2021, at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg, Ky. Twenty-eight teams of alumni and friends enjoyed a day out on the 18-hole course to provide student scholarship opportunities at the university. The event is much more than a day spent playing golf, but an […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) would like to congratulate professor James Rogala, O.D., FAAO, who was recently awarded a $20,000 research grant from the Appalachian College Association to study the choroidal blood supply in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The committee chose Rogala in a competitive selection process from a large […]
Gathering at the Appalachian Wireless Arena, graduates, faculty, families and friends celebrated the Commencement ceremonies of the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry and Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, May 1. UPIKE honored the academic achievements of 51 Doctors of Optometry and 135 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine during the ceremony. Masks […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) held in-person commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021 to recognize the academic achievements of 280 students earning degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies. The two evening celebrations were held at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in downtown Pikeville, with students from the College of Nursing & Human Services and the […]