What is GROWL?

GROWL stands for Gathering for Registration, Orientation, Welcome and Leadership.

During GROWL, students will have an opportunity to learn more about the University of Pikeville, campus life and the business of being a student. This includes opportunities to meet with Financial Aid and Student Success staff as well as receive your student ID card. This promises to be a fun and informative experience that provides the foundation for a successful experience as a student here at UPIKE!

We also encourage family members to join you for GROWL. We have planned a complete family program to inform them of the processes in place at UPIKE and to also provide them with invaluable resources they may lean on during your collegiate experience.   


In order to schedule an appointment for GROWL, you must be accepted to the University of Pikeville. The University must have your application, ACT/SAT scores and high school/GED transcripts on file before you can register for GROWL.

If you are a high school student and have taken college courses while in high school, we must have received these transcripts, as well, in order for your acceptance to be complete.

If you are a transfer student, we must have received transcripts from all prior institutions you have attended.

If you have questions pertaining to your admissions status, please call 606.218-5251 for further information.

Schedule your GROWL appointment
UPIKE admissions counselors will be visiting area high schools to meet with students and schedule GROWL appointments. You can also talk to a member of our admissions team by calling (606) 218-5251 to schedule your appointment. The Office of Admissions is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Session Date Session Title
April 18th, 2019 GROWL
May 7th, 2019 GROWL (Nursing Students Only)
May 24th, 2019 GROWL
June 8th, 2019 GROWL
June 28th, 2019 GROWL
July 8th, 2019 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE 
July 31st, 2019 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE
August 12th, 2019 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE
August 21st, 2019 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE 

List of Available Majors

Howard Roberts
Dean & Professor, Coleman College of Business
Office: Academy Building 100 D

Coletta Parsley
Director of Teacher Education
Office: Armington 445

Patricia Kowalok
Chair, Division of Humanities
Professor of English

Office: Record Memorial 404

Tim Whittier
Professor of Biology 
Director of Study Abroad
Chair, Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Office: Armington 214B
Telephone: 606.218.5470
E-mail: TimothyWhittier@upike.edu

Karen R. Damron
Professor of Nursing 
Dean, Elliott School of Nursing
Office: Health Professions Education Building 301F
Telephone: 606.218.5755
E-mail: KarenDamron@upike.edu

Nancy Cade
Chair, Division of Social Sciences
Davenport Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science
Office: Armington 450

Interdisciplinary Studies

Looking for a Place to Stay While in Town?

Hampton Inn
831 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 432-8181

Hilton Garden Inn
849 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 766-2000
Both locations are within walking distance of campus.

Applying for Housing

New Students (Incoming First-Year Students, Transfer Students, Former Students Returning to the University):

All new students are required to provide information regarding their housing plans for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The application will gather information for students wishing to live on campus as well as allow commuter students the option to select a meal plan. The following timeline has been established for housing assignment notifications:

April 1, 2019: The Housing and Meal Plan Application becomes available for the 2019-2020 academic year.  

  • Step 1: Student must submit Enrollment Deposit

  • Step 2: Admissions will send student UPIKE username and password credentials

  • Step 3: Student will use UPIKE credentials to log-in to live.upike.edu to fill out application and select meal plan

July 8, 2019: Priority deadline for all students wishing to live on campus.  Students with roommate requests should make every effort to complete the Housing and Meal Plan Application by this date.  Roommate requests will only be granted if both residents mutually request one another on their application.

July 15, 2019: Housing assignment and roommate notifications will be distributed to those who have filled out the Housing and Meal Plan Application by the priority deadline.  All notifications will be sent to UPIKE email addresses. Rolling notifications will continue every Monday until classes begin.

Any student who experiences issues while completing this application should email housing@upike.edu or call 606-218-5224 for assistance.


Changes to housing or roommate assignments may be requested after first three weeks of the Fall 2019 semester.

GROWL Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Am I required to attend the full GROWL session?
A: Yes. All new students are required to attend the GROWL session in its entirety. There are activities that will need to be taken care of before you begin classes in the fall (i.e. register for classes, receive your Student ID, etc.)

Q: Should my parents/guardians attend the session?
A: Families are encouraged to attend GROWL since they play an important role in a student's success. When you register for your GROWL session you will be asked for parent/guardian contact information so we can welcome them to the UPIKE family too. If you have not turned 18 by your session, you will need to have a parent/guardian attend with you. We encourage your family to attend, as well since we have sessions planned specially for them.

Q: What should I wear to GROWL?
A: This is a casual program and you will be moving around and taking tours. Dress comfortably! Keep in mind that you will take a photo for your Student ID card.

Q: What are the next steps?
A: Make sure you call the Office of Admissions (606-218-5251) to sign up for your GROWL date. If you intend to live on campus in the fall, please visit http://housing.upike.edu for information on the housing application process.

Q: I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay for the night?
A: You are encouraged to contact local hotels to make arrangements for an overnight stay. For more information refer to the "Lodging" tab above.

What To Bring
For Academic Affairs
• Request your final official high school transcript be mailed to the Office of Admissions after graduation.
• Provide copies of Advanced Placement score(s) for potential course credit.
• Request official college transcripts if you have taken dual credit courses while in high school or college courses for which you will receive transfer credit(s).
For Financial Aid

•  Student and Parent FSA ID (FAFSA login information)
•  Verification Documents (if required)
•  Any other documents requested by the Office of Student Financial Services


During each GROWL session, students and families will hear from faculty and staff across campus who will answer your questions as you become part of the UPIKE Family. We have prepared presentations we will share with you throughout the day and you will receive a folder with printed information you can reference after you return home.
Below are links to documents, webpages, and presentations you may find helpful following your GROWL session:

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