Welcome to the UPIKE family! We would like to invite you and your family to be part of GROWL.

You will meet new and current students, talk with staff and faculty from across campus, meet your advisor, and more importantly, form relationships that will last throughout your college experience.

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

I’m ready to be a Bear! What are the next steps?

Pay $75 enrollment deposit by clicking on the “Pay Enrollment Deposit” button or call (606) 218-5200. This should be paid at least a week before your GROWL date.

The deposit will be applied to your student account. If you would like to discuss options for the Enrollment Deposit due to financial need, please complete this form to submit your request. 

Schedule GROWL session by clicking on the “Schedule GROWL session” button or call (606) 218-5251.

2023 In-Person Sessions 

  • Wednesday, May 24Session Full
  • Friday, June 16 Session Full
  • Friday, June 30 Session Full
  • Wednesday, July 12- Session Full
  • Saturday, July 22- Session Full
  • Wednesday, August 2
    • Registration 9-10 a.m.
    • Sessions: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22
    • Registration 9-10 a.m.
    • Sessions: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Online Sessions

  • Thursday, June 1
    • Registration 10-11 a.m.
    • Sessions: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 26
    • Registration 10-11 a.m.
    • Sessions: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

All sessions will be held in HPE, 7th floor.

All times EST.

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

Students and families are encouraged to meet with Student Financial Services prior to GROWL. Appointments are available on campus, via phone or Microsoft Teams. Call (606) 218-5254 or email to schedule your appointment. 

Apply for campus housing or provide information regarding housing plans by logging in to

All new students are required to provide information regarding their housing plans for the 2023-2024 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.
(There is a residential requirement for student-athletes.)

The following timeline has been established for housing assignment notifications: 

  • April 1, 2023: Housing and Meal Plan Application is available for the 2023-2024 academic year. 
  • June 1, 2023: Priority deadline for mutually requested roommates. Mutual requests submitted by this date are guaranteed, so long as both roommates indicate each other on their application and are first-year, traditionally-aged students. Beginning mid-June, housing assignments will be sent out on a weekly basis and will include roommate name and contact information. All notifications will be sent to UPIKE email addresses. 
  • July 1, 2023: Priority deadline for all students wishing to live on campus. All students are urged to complete the Housing and Meal Plan Application by this date to be matched with another student based on the lifestyle questionnaire on the housing application. Mutual roommate requests can still be submitted and will be accommodated as space allows. Students who anticipate the need for ADA housing accommodations are highly encouraged to submit their documentation to the Disability Resource Center by this deadline to increase the likelihood of the university’s ability to meet the accommodation. 
  • July 15, 2023: Students who submit a housing application by July 1 will receive room assignments including roommate name and contact information by July 15. All notifications will be sent to UPIKE email addresses. Rolling notifications will continue weekly until classes begin. 

Complete Pre-GROWL Checklist.  

Pre-GROWL Checklist 

For Academic Affairs: 

  • Request your final official high school transcript to be sent to UPIKE Admissions after graduation.

  • Provide copies of Advancement 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 your 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). 
  • Requests can be made on the institution’s website,, or

  • Optional: Provide all test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.).

For Financial Aid, please bring to your GROWL session: 

  • 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 UPIKE Student Financial Services. 

Important ADA Housing Reminder

Important ADA Housing Accommodation Reminder
New students who anticipate the need for ADA housing accommodations are highly encouraged to submit their documentation for the 2023-2024 academic year to the Center for Disability Services by July 1, 2023 to increase the likelihood of the university’s ability to meet the accommodation and be able to participate in Group Housing or the Returning Student Housing Selection processes. Students who submit their ADA Housing. Accommodation documentations after this date may be accommodated where space allows.


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

Yes. Families are encouraged to attend GROWL since they play an important role in a student’s success. We offer sessions planned specifically for them. When you register for your GROWL session you will be asked for family contact information and the names of two guests who will attend with you if you chose to attend an in-person GROWL session.

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