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2018-2019 WHAT’S NEXT BROCHURE #futurecolonel


#futurecolonel WELCOME ABOARD,

Your Time is NOW. You’re in! Congratulations on being accepted to Eastern Kentucky University! You’re about to start the best years of your life. But there’s a lot to do, so hang onto this handy guide. It outlines what’s to come and answers some of the most commonly asked questions by new students. We look forward to seeing you on campus and guiding you on your college journey. See you soon!

VISIT CAMPUS Have you experienced campus yet? Schedule an in-person visit or take a virtual tour right from your computer or smartphone. go.eku.edu/visit

PREFER DIGITAL? View this piece online at go.eku.edu/next.






EKU Direct is where you take care of business.

First things first — sign up for New Student Orientation. It’s

EKU Direct (online.eku.edu) is a self-service web

required for all new freshmen. During orientation, you will:

portal that lets you register for classes, manage your

• Meet

You most likely signed up for EKU Direct when you

with faculty, staff and student advisors.

• Acquaint • Register • Speak • Learn

yourself with Eastern’s campus and services.

for classes.

applied, but if you haven’t — or if you forgot how to log in — visit go.eku.edu/support.

with University housing staff about living on campus. about dining services and how to select a meal plan.

• Talk

to financial aid counselors about your financial aid package.

• Ask


• Make

financial aid, choose your meal plan and much more.


Invitations to sign up for orientation will be mailed to you. • If

you were admitted for spring, look for your invitation

beginning in November. • If

admitted for fall, look for your invitation in January.

You can invite your parents and other guests to orientation. In fact, we have special programming specifically for family members, to address their questions and concerns.

TIME FOR THE WELCOME PARTY When it comes to icebreakers, we don’t do normal. We go Big E! The Big E Welcome takes place around move-in day and is one of EKU’s best traditions. It’s several days of programs, games, learning sessions and social gatherings. You’ll make friends and learn everything you need to know to succeed at EKU.

MORE INFO ONLINE go.eku.edu/orientation go.eku.edu/welcome


first steps



On your housing application, you can request the type of

Can I room with a friend?

room that best suits your style and budget. There are four

Yes! While filling out your housing application, simply include your preferred roommate’s name and EKU student ID number. Your preferred roommate will also need to include your name and ID number on his or her application. EKU Housing & Residence Life aims to meet all requests but can’t guarantee preferences. The best way to be matched with a preferred roommate is to apply and pay your pre-payment as close to

basic room types.

TRADITIONAL A cost-effective space with just the necessities. ENHANCED Similar to a traditional room with an in-room sink. SIMPLE SUITE Four people share two modern bedrooms and one bathroom. SUPER SUITE Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, a living area and four closets.


You can select your preferred room type on your

feel at home

application. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but cannot guarantee preferences.




• Apply

online at go.eku.edu/housingapp. Fall housing your application and submit with your $200


All full-time undergraduate students under the age of 21, with fewer than 60 credit hours or who have lived on campus for less than four semesters, are required to live on campus. Exceptions are made for students living within 50 miles of campus with parents or guardians. Students must complete a residency requirement exemption form (go.eku.edu/exemption) prior to

Yes! Room change requests are available on the Housing & Residence Life website in July and will close prior to move-in day. Once classes begin, another room change request opportunity will become available. Please keep in mind, we cannot guarantee preferences. Requests are filled based on availability.

for your housing information packet to come via

mail around July. BEDROOM

Do I have to live on campus?

Am I allowed to change my room once assigned?


about move-in day.

Claim your spot in the Residential Life community. Here’s how to apply:



You will receive an assignment letter between early June and August that will provide your specific assignment, as well as the name and contact information of your roommate. You will receive a second letter later detailing specific information

the first day of fall classes if living off campus.

• Complete


When do I get my residence hall and room assignment?


applications open in mid-December. BATH

the same dates as possible.

STAY IN THE LOOP Web: go.eku.edu/housing Social: @ekuhousing



belong TIME TO

You’ll learn plenty at EKU. But being a Colonel is about more than that. Between classes, you’ll find a vibrant, welcoming community with lots of opportunities to get connected, have fun and stay healthy.

GET INVOLVED Here are just a few things to do, all within walking distance of your residence hall: • Check out films, plays, lectures, concerts and street fairs.

REGIONAL EVENTS Attending a regional campus or learning center? Our Corbin, Hazard, Lancaster and Manchester locations sponsor their own events and student organizations.

REGIONAL LOCATIONS EKU CORBIN One Pennington Way Corbin, KY 40701

• Cheer on your Colonels — we field 15 NCAA athletic teams.


• Sign up for whitewater rafting, camping and hiking


adventures or service projects. • Work out at our well-equipped Fitness & Wellness Center. • Catch a national act at the EKU Center for the Arts. • Meet leaders in your field through departmental and preprofessional groups and activities.

MAKE FRIENDS There’s no better way to connect with others than shared interests. EKU is home to 230 registered student organizations (RSOs), including: • Fraternities and sororities. • Interest groups centered on aviation, martial arts, golf, horseback riding, photography, dance and much more. • Religious groups. • Dozens of club and intramural sports. • A nationally ranked mock trial team. • Student government. • Multicultural groups.

MORE INFO ONLINE go.eku.edu/life go.eku.edu/greek go.eku.edu/campusrec

EKU MANCHESTER 50 University Drive Manchester, KY 40962 606-598-8122 go.eku.edu/mrc

EKU HAZARD CENTER One Community Drive UCM 152 Hazard, KY 41701 606-439-3544 go.eku.edu/hc

EKU LANCASTER CENTER 65 Public Square Lancaster, KY 40444 859-622-7108 go.eku.edu/lc





You have lots of choices of where, when and what to eat on

• 7-Day All Access and 7-Day All Access VIP — Unlimited

campus. It won’t take long to find your favorite spot.

access to all-you-care-to-eat dining seven days a week, plus

Your options include:

$300 Flex Dollars.

• Case Kitchen (Case Dining Hall) — All-you-care-to-eat primary dining hall.

access to all-you-care-to-eat dining Monday through Friday, plus $300 Flex Dollars.

• Stratton Café (Stratton Building) — Fresh, buffet-style meals. • Case Food Court (Case Dining Hall) — Moe’s Southwest Grill, Panda Express, Subway and Chick-fil-A. • Powell Building — Starbucks and Steak ‘n Shake. • Java City (Crabbe Library) — Coffee, baked goods, salads and

• All Access Lunch — Access to all-you-care-to-eat dining from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. plus $300 Flex Dollars. • 200 Block VIP — 200 meal swipes per semester plus $300 Flex Dollars. • 80 Anytime VIP — 80 meal swipes per semester plus $300 Flex Dollars.

sandwiches. • Einstein Bros. Bagels (Weaver Building) — Bagels, sandwiches, salads, drinks and healthy snacks. •

• 5-Day All Access and 5-Day All Access VIP — Unlimited

(Science Building) — Soups, salads, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches and wraps made to order.

• POD Markets (located around campus) — Corner-store style,

• 500 Dining Dollars — $500 Flex Dollars • 300 Dining Dollars — $300 Flex Dollars NOTE: VIP plans let students to use one meal swipe per day at participating restaurants in Case Food Court after 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

grab-n-go meals. We’re happy to specially prepare food that suits your lifestyle or dietary needs, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

HOW TO SELECT OR CHANGE A MEAL PLAN Log into EKU Direct and select “Dining Services” from the

GET WITH THE (MEAL) PLAN EKU meal plans have two parts: meal swipes that can be redeemed at Case Dining Hall and “Flex Dollars,” which can be spent at any Aramark on-campus dining location. Your balance will be stored on your Colonel Card. Note: All freshman students — both residents and commuters — are required to have a meal plan. For more information on what plans are required, please visit go.eku.edu/dining.

“Student Services & Financial Aid” list. You can only change your meal plan after you are enrolled in classes. MORE INFO ONLINE go.eku.edu/dining

COLONEL PRO TIP The Colonel Card is your ticket to campus. Your student ID, called the Colonel Card, identifies you on campus and grants you entry to your residence hall, access to your meal plan funds and more. If you have a U.S. Bank account, you can also use it as a bank card. Download the GET Mobile app to upload your Colonel Card ID photo and manage your accounts.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES EKU Financial Aid Information go.eku.edu/aid Student Accounting Services go.eku.edu/payment Scholarship Office go.eku.edu/scholarships Check your financial aid and bill balance on EKU Direct at online.eku.edu.


invest in your future Your college education is one of the best investments you’ll ever

scholarship application for non-academic scholarships that can be

make. We’ll help you get the best deal on your financial aid

submitted on or before February 1. Contact the scholarship office

package, which could include:

for more information.

• merit-based scholarships. • departmental scholarships.

When will I know what my financial aid awards are?

• diversity scholarships.

Awards are generally available in late spring, after tuition and fees

• grants.

have been determined for the upcoming academic year.

• work-study.

Where can I see tuition and housing rates so I can estimate my cost?

• loans. Nearly 80 percent of EKU students rely on some type of financial aid to pay for college. Our trained financial aid counselors can help you find the right package for you and your family.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS How do I apply for financial aid? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be found online at fafsa.gov. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for grants and federal work study. It is also the application for student and parent loans. Some scholarships and outside agencies require the FAFSA to determine eligibility, while others

Visit go.eku.edu/payment and click on Tuition and Fees. You will be able to see current year tuition, housing and meal costs. Tuition and fees for the upcoming school year are available in the late spring.

Will my aid be applied to my bill before the semester begins? It depends on the type of aid you have. The financial aid office applies aid to your university account as soon as it becomes available. KEES money typically does not arrive until around the third week of the semester, and first-time student loan borrowers must wait 30 days from the first day of class to receive their loans.

have a separate application you must complete.

What if my bill isn’t paid by the due date?

When should I apply?

It’s normal for some of your financial aid or scholarship money to

The FAFSA is available beginning October 1. It is best to apply as early in the year as possible. Some grant funds run out, so the earlier you apply, the more aid you are likely to get.

What about my KEES money? KEES is a scholarship earned by Kentucky high school students based on their GPA and ACT scores. We will obtain your records from the state and add your KEES scholarship to your financial aid package.

How do I apply for EKU scholarships? Earned academic scholarships are awarded automatically as part of your EKU admissions application. There is a separate

arrive after classes have started. Even if your bill is not paid by the first day of class, you can still attend class, move into your residence hall and use your meal plan.

Can my scholarships fund my books? If you receive financial aid, you may qualify for a book voucher. In order to qualify for a book voucher, you must have enough aid to pay the balance of your university bill in full, plus an additional portion to pay for your books. Book vouchers must be obtained in advance and can be requested through EKU Direct two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.


get started TIME TO

Now that you are a #FutureColonel, here are a few things you’ll need to do and contact info if you have questions. Congratulations again on your acceptance to EKU!

TO-DO LIST • October: Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1 • Mid-December: Housing applications open • January: Orientation/testing registration opens online • January 14: Deadline for Honors Program applications • February 1: Priority deadline for scholarships • February: Deadline for departmental scholarship applications • Late Spring: Financial aid awards letters sent out • Summer: Begin receiving roommate/residence hall assignments • May: Send in dual credit college transcripts • May-June: Attend New Student Orientation • August: Attend Big E Welcome, move in and begin classes!

DATES TO REMEMBER Oct. 1, 2018 The financial aid application for students planning to start in the fall of 2018 can be completed at FAFSA.gov. Feb. 1, 2019 You must be admitted to EKU on or before this date for priority consideration for scholarships. March 1 is the priority deadline to submit new ACT or GPA scores to be considered for an upgrade to the scholarship you have already been awarded. May 1, 2019 All merit scholarship offers must be accepted in EKU Direct by this date. Students will lose the merit scholarship if it is not accepted in EKU Direct by May 1.

It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out. Some students know what they want to do with their lives before they graduate high school. Many don’t. Either way, you’re free to pick or change your major at any time while you’re here. It’s common for Colonels to find their true passion and purpose months or years into their education. Visit go.eku.edu/programs to see all the fields you can study at EKU.


CONNECT ADMISSIONS Whitlock, Room 112, 859-622-2106 admissions.eku.edu

FINANCIAL AID Whitlock, Room 251, 859-622-2361 finaid.eku.edu

HOUSING Whitlock, Room 552, 859-622-1515 housing.eku.edu

COLONEL CARD AND DINING EKU Card Services, 859-622-2179 go.eku.edu/mealplans

STUDENT ACCOUNTING SERVICES Whitlock, Room 210, 859-622-1232 studentaccounting.eku.edu

BOOKS Campus Bookstore, 859-622-2696 shopeku.com

STUDENT LIFE Roark, Room 104 859-622-3855 studentlife.eku.edu

PARKING PERMIT Commonwealth, 2nd Floor, Suite A

Need more information? We’re here to help! Call us at 1-800-465-9191 or visit admissions.eku.edu @EKUAdmissions



859-622-PARK (7275) parking.eku.edu

CENTER FOR STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY Whitlock, Room 361, 859-622-2933 accessibility.eku.edu

Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics and housing) which it conducts, or in any employment policy or practice. Any complaint arising by reason of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Eastern Kentucky University, Jones Building 416, Richmond, Kentucky 40475, (859) 622-8020, or the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. 20202, 1-800-421-3481 (V), 1-800-877-8339 (TTY). AMS_WhatsNextBrochure_2018_TL07

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