University of Pikeville

147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5250


Accreditation & Disclosures


Founded in 1889 by Presbyterians, the University of Pikeville is committed to offering a broad
liberal arts and sciences education. This foundation provides opportunities for students to
develop their full academic and personal potential and prepare for specific careers.

The University of Pikeville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Pikeville.

It is the policy of the University of Pikeville that no student shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program sponsored by the university because of age, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin. All other inquiries should be addressed to the University of Pikeville at 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 or call (606) 218-5250. *EOE

The University is authorized to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Additional Accreditations

The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine has been granted accreditation by the
American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
(COCA). This body is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting
agency for colleges educating osteopathic physicians and surgeons. Further information about
the COCA accreditation process can be obtained at

KYCOM received approval from COCA to increase class size to 135 beginning with the Class of
2016 that began July 30, 2012.

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The professional optometric degree program at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry holds the status of “Accredited” from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63141—Telephone 314-991-4100.  The next evaluation visit is currently scheduled for April 2028.  The classification of “Accredited” is granted to an educational program indicating that the program generally meets the standards of accreditation and that the program has no deficiencies or weaknesses that compromise the educational effectiveness of the total program.

The University of Pikeville Elliott School of Nursing ASN program has approval status by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

The University of Pikeville Elliott School of Nursing RN-BSN completion program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; Telephone: (404) 975-5000;

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The University of Pikeville Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

University Memberships

  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Council on Education
  • American Library Association
  • Appalachian College Association
  • Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries
  • Kentucky Academy of Science
  • Kentucky Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators
  • Kentucky Council on Archives
  • Kentucky Council of Associate Degree Nursing
  • Kentucky Institute for International Studies
  • Kentucky Library Association
  • Kentucky Organization of Field Sites
  • Mid-South Conference
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Presbyterian College Scholarship
  • Society of American Archivists
  • Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers
  • USA Archery
  • United States Bowling Congress
  • United States Collegiate Archery


The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies
under Title IX:

Bethany Bowersock
Title IX Coordinator
University of Pikeville
Administration Building
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 218-5344

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding other non-discrimination policies:

Michael Pacheco
Human Resources Director
University of Pikeville
Laughlin Cottage
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 218-5216

If either individual is unavailable, inquiries concerning any non-discrimination policy may be directed to
the other individual.

Approval of schools for enrollment of F and M nonimmigrants. UPIKE has F-1 Visa students enrolled and is authorized to issue the documents necessary to obtain a student visa and enter the United States for university studies. SEVP has asked all schools to review their advertising material in order to comply with the rules.

(j) Advertising. In any advertisement, catalogue, brochure, pamphlet, literature, or other material hereafter printed or reprinted by or for an approved school, any statement which may appear in such material concerning approval for attendance by nonimmigrant students shall be limited solely to the following:

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students

The UPIKE IRB is duly constituted (Fulfilling FDA requirements for diversity), allows only those IRB members who are independent of the investigator and the sponsor of the trial to vote/provide opinion on the trial, has written procedures, prepares written minutes of convened meetings, and retains records pertaining to the review and approval process of human subjects projects; all in compliance with all U.S. regulatory requirements related to the protection of human research participants. Specifically, the IRB complies 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50, 21 CFR 56, 21 CFR 312, 21 CFR 812, and 45 CFR 164.508-514. In addition, the IRB complies with International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) E6, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, to the extent required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IRB applies the ethical principles of the Belmont Report and other ethical standards recognized by federal departments and agencies that have adopted federal policies for the protection of human subjects.


The University of Pikeville provides computing and networking services for UPIKE students, faculty, and staff. A University of Pikeville network account is a privilege, and the following usage guidelines have been established for this system.

Users are expected to act ethically, responsibly, and legally or risk forfeiture of their network accounts.

Unacceptable conduct may include:
Maliciously interfering with the normal ability of others to use a computer and network resources
Masquerading as another user
Violating the privacy of others’; files and accounts
Violating software copyright and/or licensing agreements
Abusing computing facilities at other sites through network connections from the University of Pikeville
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The University of Pikeville works to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations in accordance with the requirements of the American Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Disabilities Resources Office located in the Student Success Counselor’s Office. Accommodations are made on an individual basis according to documented need.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violations of the copyright law.

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