University of Pikeville

Graduates: 411
Undergraduates: 1620
Graduates: 411
Setting: Small
In-state Tuition: $17,750.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,750.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 911 / 22 / 3.1
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 46:54
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian (U.S.A.)
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 100%

The University of Pikeville is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, located in Pikeville, Kentucky, United States. The university is located on a 25-acre campus on a hillside overlooking downtown Pikeville

The University of Pikeville�s mission charges us with �enhancing the educational, cultural and economic opportunities for Appalachia.� While one of our goals is to encourage our students to invest in their local communities, we also want to help students to experience the world beyond the Appalachian Mountains. In order to do this, we want to expose our students to many varied and unique opportunities, locally and globally. Moving UP, our Experiential Learning plan at the University of Pikeville, provides institutional support for students to apply their classroom knowledge to an off-campus setting in the form of internships; professional conferences, seminars, and workshops; as well as study away and study abroad learning. Receiving a combination of traditional pedagogical training and intensive firsthand experience is invaluable to our students, and will prepare them for a global job market and multicultural communities. In full support of the most effective learning environment we can offer, our faculty at the University of Pikeville is committed to student engagement and learning outside the classroom and in communities beyond.

The university was founded in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church as the Pikeville Collegiate Institute. It operated on the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, although its "college" offerings were not accredited and did not lead to a degree.[4] In 1909 the school was split into the Pikeville College Academy, which was a private school at the primary and secondary level, and Pikeville College, which was accredited as a junior college, offering the first two-years with an anticipation of students then transferring to another Presbyterian college for a degree. In 1955 the school became a degree granting four-year college in its own right, and in 1957 the academy closed.[4] In 1997, the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, now the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was established. This makes the college one of the smallest colleges in the United States to have a medical school.[4] The purpose of the osteopathic medical school, while graduates are fully prepared to specialize in any medical field, is to train primary care physicians to fill the shortage of medical care in the rural section of Appalachia in which it is located. Student recruitment is focused almost exclusively on students with a rural Appalachian background. It is one of 29 osteopathic colleges in the country, and one of five in Appalachia.[5] On July 1, 2011, the school officially changed its name from "Pikeville College" to the "University of Pikeville".[6] In December 2011, state lawmakers began discussing the idea to make the University of Pikeville a state-supported school. If the proposal in the next legislative session is successful it would make the university the first private university to be added to the state's public university system since the University of Louisville in 1970.[7] In the January 2012 legislative session, Kentucky awarded a contract to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to study the advisability of converting UPike to the state university system. NCHEMS will complete the study in March 2012 in time for the approval of the Kentucky General Assembly which will adjourn its legislative session at midnight April 15, 2012.[8] In March 2012, the plans to make Pikeville University a state-supported school were abandoned due to political challenges.[

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Grady Wallace � Attended in 1953�54 and 1954�55; went to the University of South Carolina afterward to play basketball and was named a consensus Second Team All-American and led the NCAA in scoring his senior season.[17] Donnie Jones � Graduated in 1988; former assistant and head basketball coach at Marshall University (1990�1996; 2007�2010, respectively) and assistant basketball coach at the University of Florida (1996�2007). He is currently the head basketball coach at the University of Central Florida.[18] Judi Patton � Former First Lady of Kentucky. Wife of current university chancellor and former governor Paul E. Patton.[18] John Paul Riddle � Graduated in 1920; Pioneer aviator and co-founder of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.[19] Will T. Scott � Current Justice of Kentucky's 7th Supreme Court District.[20] E.J. Underwood � Former NFL, CFL, AFL and CIFL player.


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