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Success First

EKU Success First  transition programs are for first-time freshmen who need to strengthen college-readiness skills.  Summer Bridge  and Eastern Bridge  admission is available to students who have not yet reached ACT/SAT subject score benchmarks and/or have high school GPAs that do not qualify for full admission to the university.

Admission standards for each program are as follows:

Eastern Bridge:  Students who have a 2.0-2.49 high school GPA and ACT Subscores of 14 or higher in English, 16 or higher in Math, and/or 14 or higher in Reading (or SAT equivalent) may be admitted to Eastern Bridge (only offered during the Fall term).  Note:  Students who score a 14 in English and/or Reading on the ACT MUST take EKU placement testing following admission.

Summer Bridge:  Students who have at least a 2.0 GPA, ACT subject scores at or below a 13 in English and Reading, and a score at or below a 15 in Math must retest to meet or exceed these standards or apply for and be accepted to the Summer Bridge  program before they can be admitted to the university.  Student who aqcuire an SAT equivalent score at or below 460 in Evidence Based Reading/Writing (combined scores), and at or below 450 in Math will also be required to attend Summer Bridge.  Students accepted into the Summer Bridge  program must pass the prescribed courses before being granted admission to the Fall term.  Students may submit acceptable scores from one of the following exams:  ACT/SAT, KyOTe*, Residual ACT, or the EKU Placement Exam offered through the EKU Testing Office (859-622-1281 or

*KYOTE Scores are valid 1 year from the date of the test. Older scores will not be accepted.

If you have any questions regarding the Success First program please contact Heather Davis at 859-622-3524 or email at

                                                         Summer Bridge

                                                  July 2 - August 10, 2018

                                                      Eastern Bridge

                                              August 2018 - May 2019                       

                        All students attending a Success First program must:

  • Complete Orientation before the program begins.
  • Complete Summer and Fall financial aid forms before classes begin.
  • Complete a Success First Learning Agreement.
  • Submit all test scores. Summer and Fall class enrollments are based on ACT, SAT, or EKU placement test scores.
  • Complete GSD 101:  Foundations of Learning during the first semester at EKU.
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