What is GROWL?

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

During GROWL, students will learn more about UPIKE, campus life and the business of being a student.

GROWL 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 useful experience serving as the initial foundation for reaching your full potential as a UPIKE Bear!

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 share invaluable resources they may lean on during your college 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.

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


Session 1 ThursdayApril 18, 2019
Session 2 – NursingTuesdayMay 7, 2019
Session 3 FridayMay 24, 2019
Session 4 SaturdayJune 8, 2019
Session 5 FridayJune 28, 2019
Session 6 MondayJuly 8, 2019
Session 7WednesdayJuly 31, 2019
Session 8MondayAugust 12, 2019
Session 9 WednesdayAugust 21, 2019


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 the first three weeks of the Fall semester.


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 housing.upike.edu for information on the housing application process.

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. 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.

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.

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 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). College transcripts must be requested via that college.

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