Having a university such as UPIKE, right in the heart of downtown Pikeville, is an asset. Since becoming a university in 2011, enrollment has increased to more than 2,000 students. Pikeville is being permeated with educated individuals more than ever. An emphasis on the importance of education can be seen with growth of the campus itself. In 2012, a $34 million educational facility, the Coal Building, was added to campus. The new Kentucky College of Optometry Health Professions Education Building is currently in construction. The University of Pikeville is built on a broad liberal arts foundation that focuses on independent thinking, preparation for leadership, and civic responsibility. In 2015, Forbes Magazine called a liberal arts education a “golden ticket to success” in the new economy. UPIKE offers 27 majors, 11 pre-professional programs, three masters programs and two doctoral programs.

Coleman College of Business

Masters of Business Administration is offered through the college. The program cultivates an academic entrepreneurial business mindset with dedicated, experienced professors, and specialized training. The college also hosts a business plan competition open to all Eastern Kentucky residents that promotes entrepreneurship in Central Appalachia.

Patton College of Education

The college’s main mission is to prepare effective teachers who believe that all students can learn at high levels. They have recently joined the national Future Ready initiative, which focuses on transitioning students, educators, and members of the community to digital learning.

Elliot School of Nursing

UPIKE, through the Elliot School of Nursing, offers an Associate Degree in Nursing and an RN to BSN program, which was added in 2011. This allows students to stay in the community they love while furthering their education.

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

UPIKE is proud to have a medical school that ranks fifth in rural medicine among all medical schools in the nation in The U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools. These graduates love and proudly serve this area with more than 60 percent of the graduates serving Eastern Kentucky.


Big Sandy Community & Technical College is another higher learning facility located in Pikeville. They offer more than 25 academic and technical programs with an emphasis on innovation of learning. They have a Go2Work program that allows for accelerated training that develops into high demand careers in two years or less. With more than 3,000 enrolled in their Workforce Solutions program, skilled workers are being prepped for the labor force in customizable programs based around employers’ needs. In 2016, BSCTC will construct a Broadband Technology Education Center in Pikeville that will offer fiber optic technician training to become Certified Fiber Optics Technicians. Forward thinking by our community and its leaders is building a workforce for the future Kentucky Wired project.


We are also proud of our younger students who attend the Pikeville Independent School System. The Pikeville Independent Schools have been rated one of the top ten schools by as well as ranked the fourth best school district in Kentucky. The school district is in the 98th percentile and ranked Distinguished for our school testing this year. We are teaching, at a young age, the importance of education and the results speak for themselves. We have very intelligent, future generations being cultivated in Pikeville.

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