New Student Advising & Registration
Welcome to Eastern Kentucky University!
During the Advising and Registration process, academic advisors will connect with you to build your first semester of classes schedule. EKU staff will contact students who have scheduled a New Student Orientation date with details about registration.
A Pre-Advising Survey will be sent via email in advance of your New Student Orientation date. Your responses provide the advisor the opportunity to pre-register you for classes you will need to take during your first semester. The advisor will work with you directly to get you registered for all the appropriate classes. The advisor will communicate with you via your EKU email account. Please check your EKU email regularly so you don’t miss important communications. Once your schedule has been built, you will be able to see it in EKU Direct.
Academic advising is an opportunity to work one-on-one with an academic advisor in the major you have declared. You will learn about classes important to your major, General Education, and potential electives. Together, you will craft a class schedule that balances requirements with general courses of interest. Advising staff will be available this summer to answer questions and assist with any schedule adjustments. Advisors are available to meet with you one-on-one by email, phone, or video conference to answer any questions you may have about your schedule or your major. Check your email regularly for follow-up communication after your orientation date.
Step 1: Sign up for Orientation-
Check out this guide to preparing for your ZOOM Advising session on day of orientation.
Step 2: Activate EKU Email in EKU Direct (login information here).
Step 3: Complete Pre-Advising Survey. The pre-advising survey will be sent to your EKU Email approximately 3 weeks prior to your Orientation date.
Step 4: Login to EKU Direct and Confirm your schedule on the New Student Orientation Menu.
Click here for video overview of the New Student Advising and Registration process...
EKU Direct is where you will be able to register for classes, check your DegreeWorks, view your schedule, view your account, and much more! Instructions for accessing EKU Direct. Students who have not accessed their EKU Direct account can find that information in their Admissions Portal.
Your advisor will help build an appropriate first semester class schedule. Review curriculum guides and General Education. Your degree requirements are outlined in DegreeWorks.
Your academic advisor will help you get registered for your first semester of classes. Your advisor will help with you any questions you have about coursework and your major. Your advisor is assigned to you based on your major. If you change majors you will be assigned a new academci advisor.
We recommend taking 15 or more hours. This keeps you on track to graduate on time. 15 to Finish! Typically, students take a range of 15-18 hours.
Let the academic advisor know any other interest(s) you have.
It is always helpful to have alternative classes in case this happens. Be flexible with course selection and class times. Remember this is your first semester and you will have plenty of time to take your needed courses.
Contact an advisor representing the new program of study they wish to pursue. New students are encouraged to do this before attending student orientation.
EKU offers course credit for students who have taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College Level Examination Program exams. For information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student with more than 2 years of language study in high school or a heritage speaker, you may be placed at a higher level with the possibility of earning up to 12 credit hours for just one course. Contact email@example.com to find out how to turn your knowledge into college credits!
Each college will have a process for follow-up with students that need to make adjustments. Check your EKU email for additional information. You can still make changes to your schedule after you confirm your enrollment.
DegreeWorks is an academic planning tool that helps you monitor and track your progress toward degree completion. It displays the course requirements you have already met as well as the credits you need in order to graduate. Learn more here.
All the required courses for your major are listed in DegreeWorks and in the Undergraduate Catalog.