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Education is one of the top priorities for Pikeville and it is exhibited all over the community. With lots of hard work and dedication of the City, regional, and state leaders, we have become a regional hub for Eastern Kentucky. With the University of Pikeville and Big Sandy Community & Technical college right here, we are improving our community and our future by educating both the current workforce and the younger generations.


Educating the younger generations to become thriving, productive citizens is a job that Pikeville takes very serious. The Pikeville Independent School system (K-12) is 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.


Pikeville High School has 531 students in grades 7th through 12th. It is the 165th largest public high school in Kentucky and the 10,168th largest nationally. It has a student teacher ratio of 14.5 to 1.The Pikeville Independent School System has been rated 9 out of 10 by as well as ranked the 4th best school district in Kentucky. We were also in the 98th percentile, ranked Distinguished, for our school testing this year. We are being recognized state-wide for our accomplishments.


Since becoming a university in 2011, the University of Pikeville, or UPike, has had enrollment jump to almost 2,000 students. Because of its location, 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 as well as the new Optometry building that is in progress. UPike 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.

Colleges and Universities

The University of Pikeville offers 27 majors as well as 11 pre-professional programs.
  • 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.

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