University of Pikeville

The College
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.

Working for the University of Pikeville
"At Pikeville, it's all about the students and our dedicated faculty and staff provide the strong foundation that makes this institution work and grow. Our professors have a passion for learning and scholarship that is key to our students' success. Equally important is the commitment of our dedicated staff, who work hard to make the student experience a positive one," said Chancellor Paul Patton.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified persons. 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. This policy applies to all areas such as hiring, promoting, transferring, training and development, as well as compensation and benefits. The Administration of this College is dedicated to carrying out this policy, and will continue to inform any recruiting sources used now or in the future, including the various State Employment Services, of our non-discrimination policy and our commitment to equal opportunity.

The University of Pikeville is located in Pikeville, a vibrant community in East Kentucky. Pikeville is one of the state's leading financial centers and has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Small Towns" in America.


The University of Pikeville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. The University's program for the associate degree in Nursing is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and programs in Teacher Education are approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. The KY College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. The KY College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville earned "accredited" status by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education in April of 2020. KYCO is the only college of optometry in the state of Kentucky and the 22nd in the United States. 

Academic Programs
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is the leading higher education institution of Central Appalachia, maintaining a commitment to Christian principles and respecting a variety of religious expressions. Students may earn either associate or baccalaureate degrees in a variety of majors with a liberal arts and science foundation; master's degrees may be earned in Business Administration (MBA) and Education (MA); and doctoral degrees may be earned in osteopathic medicine (DO) and optometry (OD). Degrees offered : A.S., B.A., B.S., B.B.A., B.S.N., M.A., M.B.A., D.O., and O.D.

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A low student-to-faculty ratio (16:1) allows professors to know students' names, ambitions and career goals.

Total enrollment is about 1,834 students from 42 states and 24 countries, including approximately 1127 undergraduate students and 707 graduate students.

Financial Aid
Each year, over 98% of Pikeville College students receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans.

Annual Cost

  • Undergraduate: $19,600 for tuition, $8,866 for room/board, and $1,250 for textbooks.
  • KYCOM: $42,975 for tuition. At no additional cost, KYCOM provides its students an OPP table, white coat and scrub suit, diagnostic equipment (stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), computing resources, and all required textbooks.
  • KYCO: $38,450 for tuition. At no additional cost, KYCO provides its students all required ophthalmic and medical equipment in addition to the use of an iPad and laptop computer, as well as all required texts.

Campus Organizations
There are 25 campus clubs and groups including academic, service and leadership societies in which students can become involved.

NAIA Division I, Region XI, Mid-South Conference Sports include co-ed cheer, men's baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field; women's basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track and field. Other sports include: archery, dance and e-sports.

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Campus Facilities
The facilities are constantly being updated as the University grows and changes. Recent renovations included the Wickham dormitory, the University of Pikeville South Housing Facility, the Coal Building and the Health Professions Education Building. The nine-story Coal Building was constructed alongside the college's historic 99 steps. The new facility includes two lecture halls, a gross anatomy lab, two research labs, offices, small group classrooms and student study space. Also, a clinical skills training and evaluation center houses 12 specially-equipped examination rooms and serve as training and testing centers for students in programs using standardized patients and high-fidelity robotic patient simulators. The expanded osteopathic manipulative medicine lab and clinic provides learning opportunities, as well as housing KYCOM's free community clinic. The newly constructed Health Professions Education Building is a 103,000-square-foot building which will house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Technology and clinical training aspects of the facility will also enhance the learning experience for students in the Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing, a program initially founded in the early 1980s to meet the needs of nursing education and health care in the region. Adjacent to Record Memorial Building, the facility is part of the university's strategic efforts to increase educational opportunities for students, stimulate economic development and improve comprehensive health care needs in Central Appalachia.