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Summer 2019|Fall 2019 Orientation: New Student or Transfer Student Orientation & Placement Testing information.

What is Orientation? | Who Should Attend? | When is Orientation?
Is there a charge? | ACT Test | Placement Tests
Placement Test Scheduling | Reserving Your Place in Orientation

What Is Orientation?

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?

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

If you have questions specific to EKU-Corbin, please call 606-528-0551.


When Is Orientation?

You must pre-register to attend the Orientation program. For Spring 2018, please pick a date below to register for Orientation. 

For students enrolling in Summer 2019 Term Courses, please contact the Corbin Campus to schedule an orientation.

Fall 2019 Dates

(Clicking on ANY date below will take you to the web form.  Make sure you choose your orientation date on the webform as well.)

July 24, 2019

July 31, 2019

August 7, 2019


Is There an Orientation Fee?

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.

Please complete the form located here.


ACT Test

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

Before you can be advised and registered for classes, you may need to take a 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

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  Scores

KYOTE  scores are accepted by Eastern Kentucky University for placement purposes. A 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.

EKU no longer processes COMPASS scores for Kentucky community colleges.  


Placement Testing Schedule for EKU Corbin 

All placement testing begins at 9:00 a.m. on the designated dates listed below.  Placements tests are the day before each orientation.

For Summer 2019-Contact the Corbin Campus if you are beginning classes and need placement testing.

Fall 2019 Placement Testing Dates (Must Register ahead of time)

July 23, 2019

July 30, 2019

August 6, 2019


 Reserving Your Place in Orientation 

You can register for new student orientation by clicking on an orientation date above or by clicking HERE.

For questions specific to EKU-Corbin Orientation, call 606-528-0551.


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