New Student | Transfer Student
Orientation & Placement Testing
Eastern Kentucky University has a required Orientation Program for all new freshmen. The Orientation Program enables new and transfer students to meet with staff, student representatives, and academic advisors to acquaint themselves with EKU Corbin services and to register for their first semester courses. Our goal in this Orientation Program is to help students make the transition to college by providing them with information in a friendly and non-intimidating format that encourages questions and participation.
Students and parents who attend Orientation will have the opportunity to:
- Meet other prospective students and their parents
- Learn about student activities and events at EKU Corbin
- Learn about financial aid, payment plans, and other student services and resources
- Have their photo taken for their student identification card
- Be advised and register for classes for their first semester
- Activate their EKU email account
Whether they have a declared major or are still undecided about a career direction, students will be assigned an academic advisor at EKU Corbin to work with them on Orientation day to complete a schedule of their first-semester classes. Students will leave the Orientation Program with a printed schedule of their classes and information on how to access their new university email account.
Who Should Attend? (top)
All students attending EKU Corbin for the first time are required to attend a new student orientation session before they register for classes.
You should sign up for an Orientation session only after you have:
- Taken the ACT test and had the results reported to the Admissions Office at Eastern Kentucky University (see ACT TEST below)
- Been admitted to Eastern Kentucky University (see ADMISSIONS).
Parents, guests, or students requiring specific accommodations or interpreters for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing should contact the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (859) 622-2933, at least one week prior to the event. You may also submit an Interpreter Request Form online at aslie.eku.edu/request
When Is Orientation? (top)
You must pre-register to attend the Orientation program.
Thursday, January 12th at 9:00 am
Is there a charge for this program? (top)
There will be a $10 fee per student (Price subject to change) for the Orientation Program. This fee will cover the cost of orientation materials. The fee should be pre-paid, and students should make arrangements to pay fees prior to their Orientation session.
Once you submit the on-line form you can download a fee payment form from that site.
ACT Test (top)
The ACT test is used at EKU for both admissions decisions and for placement in certain classes. Our academic advisors use the results of the ACT test to determine if new students need any additional Math, English, and Reading classes to prepare them for success in their college-level coursework. Therefore, students must have taken the ACT test before they can participate in the Orientation Program and schedule their classes.
Students whose ACT scores are below 18 in English, below 19 in mathematics or below 20 in reading will be required to take additional placement tests (free) and/or sign up for additional classes (see PLACEMENT TESTS AT EKU CORBIN below).
Placement Tests at EKU Corbin (top)
Before you can be advised and registered for classes, you may need to take placement test(s). These tests are free.
You must take placement tests if you have an ACT score below:
- 18 in English
- 19 (for MAT 105) or 22 (for MAT 112-Algebra with Applications or MAT 114-College Algebra) in Mathematics (Students required to take the mathematics placement test should bring a standard calculator)
- 20 in Reading
To view sample placement tests, go to testing.eku.edu.
Transfer students who have not transferred in work from these three areas and scored below 18 in English, below 19 in mathematics or below 20 in reading may be asked to take placement exams as well.
KYOTE & COMPASS Scores
KYOTE and COMPASS scores are accepted by Eastern Kentucky University for placement purposes. A COMPASS or KYOTE placement test score will be guaranteed as an indicator of college readiness for 12 months from the date the placement exam is administered. Your high school or testing site may fax the scores to our testing office at (859) 622-8830. Scores showing proficiency must be submitted prior to orientation date to prevent registration delays.
Placement Testing Schedule for EKU Corbin (top)
All placement testing begins at 9:00 a.m. on the designated dates listed below:
Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00 am
Reserving Your Place in Orientation (top)
When you receive your invitation from EKU to attend orientation and register online, we will send you a letter notifying you of your confirmed registration date. If you have not received a letter confirming your registration within three weeks, please call the Orientation Office (859) 622-2285.