The University of Pikeville offers 27 majors as well as 11 pre-professional programs.
BIG SANDY COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Coleman College of Business - A 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 promote 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 - even those from diverse backgrounds. They have recently joined the national Future Ready Initiative which focuses on transitioning students, educators, and members of the community to digital learning.
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine - UPike is proud to have a medical school that ranks 5th in rural medicine among all the medical schools in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's edition of Best Graduate Schools. These graduates love and proudly serve this area with over 60% of the graduates serving Eastern Kentucky.
Elliot School of Nursing - UPike offers through the Elliot School an Associate's Degree in Nursing and a RN to BSN program that was added in 2011. This allows students to stay in the community they love while furthering their education to better serve those in that community.
Kentucky College of Optometry - An exciting new endeavor for both the University and the City is the conception and construction of the College of Optometry. It is the 1st College of Optometry in Kentucky and only 22nd in the nation. A new, 103,000 sq. ft. building with a state-of-the-art learning and teaching space is being erected now to house the 1st class of the college in Fall 2016. This is just another example of the Pikeville area's forward thinking.
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 2 years or less. With over 3,000 enrolled in their Workforce Solutions program, skilled workers are being prepped for the labor force in customizable programs based around employers' needs. With $1 million in grants, BSCTC will construct a Broadband Technology Education Center in Pikeville that will offer fiber optic technician training to become Certified Fiber Optics Technicians. The forward thinking of our community and its leaders is helping to create a workforce for the future Kentucky Wired project.