Dear Future Bear,

Welcome to the UPIKE family! We would like to invite you and your family to be part of the GROWL program. We are anxiously awaiting and planning for your arrival to campus.

As a new student at UPIKE, it is vital to attend a GROWL session. We have set aside several dates for your convenience.

Online GROWL 2020


Review the following items to make sure you are prepared:

  • Use a device (computer, laptop, or tablet) that has audio functionality.
  • Although other browsers can be used, Online Orientation is best viewed using any modern web/mobile browser.
  • An internet connection is required. Broadband is recommended for best experience.


The online orientation is supported by Canvas, UPIKE’s learning management system. Canvas is the system faculty use in all your coursework so this is an opportunity for you to get comfortable using Canvas. Orientation is designed to be completed at your own pace. Online orientation does not have to be completed in one sitting, but we recommend you complete it within five days of starting orientation.

Log on to the online orientation using your UPIKE login and password. You will receive an email when your orientation session is open. Following completion of online orientation, students will “meet” with their advisor to register for classes.


We are available to assist you with online orientation and/or questions about the university. Contact information is available in the “Contact Us” section in the Canvas course.

If you have concerns about accessibility of online orientation and would like to have a confidential discussion about accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at or (606) 218-5232 as soon as possible. 


Families of incoming students are also welcomed to the UPIKE Family during GROWL and online orientation sessions have been prepared with families in mind. Family orientation is available on The UPIKE Family Experience communication portal. In addition to information families need as their student becomes a Bear, the portal is the primary communication source for families of UPIKE students. Register now by visiting The UPIKE Family Experience ( Simply create a new account using your email address. 


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.

Please call (606) 218-5251 for questions on your admissions status.


Saturday April 25 GROWL
Wednesday May 6 GROWL (Nursing*)
Tuesday May 19 GROWL
Tuesday June 2 GROWL
Saturday June 20 GROWL
Monday July 6 GROWL
Monday August 3 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE
Friday August 14 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE
Wednesday August 19 GROWL/BEAR PAUSE

*For students who have been accepted into the ADN nursing program for Fall 2020.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., GROWL Sessions begin at promptly 8:00 a.m.

All sessions begin on the 7th Floor of the Health Professions Education Building. Lunch will be provided for you and your family.

GROWL typically ends at 2:30 p.m.


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

The following timeline has been established for housing assignment notifications:

April 1, 2020: The Housing and Meal Plan Application available for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Step 1: Submit an enrollment deposit
Step 2: Admissions will send you a UPIKE username and password
Step 3: Use your UPIKE information to log in to to complete the application and select a meal plan

July 6, 2020: Priority deadline for all students who wish to live on campus. If you have a roommate request you 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 13, 2020: Housing assignment and roommate notifications will be distributed to those who have filled out the application by the priority deadline. All notifications will be sent to UPIKE email addresses. Rolling notifications will continue every Monday until classes begin.

If you experience issues while completing this application email or call (606) 218-5224 for assistance.

After students receive housing and roommate assignment notifications, changes cannot be made.

Students requesting changes to housing or roommate assignments may do so by contacting their Area Coordinator after the first three weeks of each semester.

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


1 . Pay $75 enrollment deposit by clicking here. The deposit will be applied to your student account. If you have questions or concerns regarding the payment of the deposit, please contact John Yancey at or (606) 218-5306.

Once enrollment deposit is processed, you will receive UPIKE login credentials, which includes access to:

  • Apply for campus housing If you plan to live on campus in the fall, visit for information on the housing application process.
  • WebAdvisor to review and accept financial aid and complete checklist items.
  • Your UPIKE email, which includes access to:
    • Office 365
    • Onedrive (one terabyte storage)
    •  Microsoft Office Suite (license can be used on up to five devices)
  • Student Planning (view your latest student finance statement and make a payment online)
  • Canvas (UPIKE’s learning management system)

2. Call the Office of Admissions (606-218-5251) to sign up for your GROWL date.

3. Expect a call or text from a Student Success Advisor prior to your GROWL date to discuss your academic goals and create your class schedule.

4. Local students and families are encouraged to visit Student Financial Services prior to GROWL. To make an appointment, call (606) 218-5254.

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.).

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. We encourage your family to attend, as well since we have sessions planned specially for them.

This is a casual program and you will be moving around and taking tours. Dress comfortably, but keep in mind that you will take a photo for your student ID card.

You are encouraged to contact local hotels to make arrangements for an overnight stay. The following locations are within walking distance of campus. Ask for an UPIKE discount!

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

Hilton Garden Inn
849 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 766-2000

For Academic Affairs:

  • Request your final official high school transcript to be mailed or emailed to the Office of Admissions after graduation.
    • Go to to request official transcripts to be sent to Mail to: UPIKE Office of Admissions 147 Sycamore Street Pikeville, KY 41501
  • Provide copies of Advanced Placement score(s) for potential course credit.
  • Go to and log on to your College Board account or create an account using your AP number.
  • 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).
  • Provide all test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.).

For Financial Aid, please bring:

  • Student and Parent FSA ID (FAFSA login information)
  • Verification documents (if required). If selected for verification, students and families will be contacted by Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Verification process must be complete in order to receive financial aid.
  • Any other documents requested by the Office of Student Financial Services