UPike among ‘fastest-growing’ in the nation

August 21, 2014

PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville has been named one of the “fastest-growing colleges” by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Chronicle’s “Almanac of Higher Education 2014,” which publishes data and trends in higher education, ranked UPike 20th nationally among private baccalaureate institutions from 2002-2012.

During that time, UPike experienced a 69.2 percent increase in enrollment, going from 1,201 to 2,032 students. Last fall, total enrollment topped 2,300, increasing for a fourth consecutive year. University administrators are optimistic that the upward trajectory will continue when students return to classes Aug. 25.

“The Chronicle of Higher Education is among the most respected resources in higher education and we were pleased to earn a designation as one of the fastest-growing institutions,” said Dr. James L. Hurley, president. “Our significant growth has continued beyond the Chronicle’s timeline and is a testament to the value of a UPike degree. We believe the numbers speak volumes about our personal approach to education and the student experience. What better way to begin our 125th year as a school of opportunity founded to serve the youth of the mountains.”

With students from 44 states and 21 countries, UPike offers 27 majors and nine pre-professional programs, including an MBA and Master of Science in Sport Management from the Coleman College of Business and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Education partnerships have also been established with the Yanbian University of Science and Technology and Beijing University of Agriculture in China. In 2014, the university announced the Kentucky College of Optometry and expects to welcome the inaugural class of optometry students in 2016.