By Evan Bentley
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) was named one of America’s Best Colleges for 2024 by the Wall Street Journal, placing the university among 400 of the nation's top institutions. EKU also earned a place on the Wall Street Journal’s social-mobility ranking.
According to the Wall Street Journal, student and alumni surveys alongside metrics were used to determine the best U.S. colleges for undergraduate students. The scoring model was based on weighted factors related to student outcomes (70%), learning environment (20%) and diversity (10%). The social-mobility ranking “is a measure of which schools are excelling at getting students to graduate and bumping up their salaries in the years after graduation, while also being accessible to students from different socioeconomic backgrounds.”
EKU’s President David McFaddin voiced pride in the achievement, stating, “Being recognized by the Wall Street Journal reaffirms our dedication to providing a high-quality education and preparing students for a successful future.”
EKU leads the state when it comes to shaping the workforce of the Commonwealth. The highest rate among Kentucky’s public institutions, 67% of EKU graduates are employed in Kentucky one year after graduation, according to the KYSTATS Multi-State Postsecondary Report.
Alumni surveys conducted by EKU six months after graduation indicate 77% of EKU graduates are employed, earning an average salary of $50,000. Furthermore, 93% report being satisfied with their career choice.
EKU prepares students for meaningful careers in high-demand fields, such as nursing, education, social work, business, criminal justice, manufacturing engineering and many others. EKU’s aviation program, the only program of its kind in the state, boasts a 100% job placement rate.
The Wall Street Journal ranking, along with recent recognition by U.S. News & World Report, highlights EKU’s mission as a School of Opportunity—fostering personal growth and preparing students to contribute to the success and vitality of their communities, the Commonwealth and the world.