University of Pikeville

147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5250


ֱ & Disclosures

At the University of Pikeville, achieving and maintaining compliance and accreditation is a priority as part of the operational functions of the institution in addition to ensuring student excellence and achievement. 

Please review the following sections as part of the accreditation and disclosures of the university.  

University ֱ

The University of Pikeville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Pikeville may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

It is the policy of the University of Pikeville that no student shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program sponsored by the university because of age, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin. All other inquiries should be addressed to the University of Pikeville at 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, Kentucky 41501 or call (606) 218-5250. *EOE

The University is authorized to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

SACS-COC Student Complaint Process

Students may file a complaint with the University of Pikeville accrediting agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Please submit academic and non-academic complaints . 

The University of Pikeville strongly encourages all good-faith reports, and will respond to all reports based on the nature and quality of the information that is shared. The university wishes to support you and others affected by the contents of this report. The university understands, however, that there may be reasons why you might choose to withhold your identity or other portions of the narrative now, or indefinitely.

Anonymity: You may wish to identify yourself through the fields in this section, or you may elect to remain anonymous. You may choose to identify yourself in the future or not. Be advised that any information included in this report may be shared with the person(s) whose behavior is being reported. Students should visit the to submit an anonymous tip.

For questions or concerns, please contact the University of Pikeville accrediting agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) at:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern LaneDecatur, Georgia 30033-4097
Telephone: 404-679-4500

State Authorization

Kentucky is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The University of Pikeville is an approved SARA institution. Please click here for additional details.

Additional ֱs

The University of Pikeville (ֱ) operates with integrity in all matters. The University is not on any sanctions or accreditation stipulations related to integrity. There are seven agencies that review programmatic offerings and the operational success associated with the university as a whole and each particular programmatic accreditations required (see below).  ֱ is in good standing with each of the following seven agencies:

AgencyList Review Date
KYCO ֱ Statement
CAEPCouncil for the ֱ of Educator Preparation2022

To review the accreditation letter or approval by any of the seven agencies, please contact the University Provost and ֱ Liaison, Dr. Lori Werth or call the Office of the Provost at 606-218-5830.

University Memberships

  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Council on Education
  • American Library Association
  • Appalachian College Association
  • Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council for Higher Education ֱ
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries
  • Kentucky Academy of Science
  • Kentucky Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Kentucky Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators
  • Kentucky Council on Archives
  • Kentucky Council of Associate Degree Nursing
  • Kentucky Institute for International Studies
  • Kentucky Library Association
  • Kentucky Organization of Field Sites
  • Mid-South Conference
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Presbyterian College Scholarship
  • Society of American Archivists
  • Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and University Business Officers
  • USA Archery
  • United States Bowling Congress
  • United States Collegiate Archery


Kentucky College of Optometry

34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule)



In compliance with Federal Regulations, 34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule), the Kentucky College of Optometry provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure in Optometry.

This disclosure is strictly limited to the KYCO’s determination of whether its Doctor of Optometry (OD) educational program, if degree is conferred, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure requirements in a state for the practice of Optometry.  KYCO cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming.  Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact specific determinations.

This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny a graduate’s application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect a graduate’s application for licensure and occur after the date of this disclosure. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.

The Kentucky College of Optometry has designed an educational program curriculum for its Doctor of Optometry program that if successfully completed is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for a Doctor of Optometry license in the following states and territories:


Alabama – AL, Alaska – AK, Arizona – AZ, Arkansas – AR, California – CA, Colorado – CO, Connecticut – CT, Delaware – DE, District of Columbia – DC, Florida – FL, Georgia – GA, Hawaii – HI, Idaho – ID, Illinois – IL, Indiana – IN, Iowa – IA, Kansas – KS, Kentucky – KY, Louisiana – LA, Maine – ME, Maryland – MD, Massachusetts – MA, Michigan – MI, Minnesota – MN, Mississippi – MS, Missouri – MO, Montana – MT, Nebraska – NE, Nevada – NV, New Hampshire – NH, New Jersey – NJ, New Mexico – NM, New York – NY, North Carolina – NC, North Dakota – ND, Ohio – OH, Oklahoma – OK, Oregon – OR, Pennsylvania – PA, Puerto Rico – PR, Rhode Island – RI, South Carolina – SC, South Dakota – SD, Tennessee – TN, Texas – TX, Utah – UT, Vermont – VT, Virginia – VA, Washington – WA, West Virginia – WV, Wisconsin – WI, Wyoming – WY




The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies
under Title IX:

Beth Kingery, JD, MBA (she, her, hers)

Executive Director of Compliance and Legal Affairs

Title IX Coordinator

147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 218-5344

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding other non-discrimination policies:

Michael Pacheco
Vice President of Operations and Human Resources
Laughlin Cottage
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 218-5216

If either individual is unavailable, inquiries concerning any non-discrimination policy may be directed to
the other individual.

Approval of schools for enrollment of F and M nonimmigrants. UPIKE has F-1 Visa students enrolled and is authorized to issue the documents necessary to obtain a student visa and enter the United States for university studies. SEVP has asked all schools to review their advertising material in order to comply with the rules.

(j) Advertising. In any advertisement, catalogue, brochure, pamphlet, literature, or other material hereafter printed or reprinted by or for an approved school, any statement which may appear in such material concerning approval for attendance by nonimmigrant students shall be limited solely to the following:

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students

The ֱ IRB is duly constituted (Fulfilling FDA requirements for diversity), allows only those IRB members who are independent of the investigator and the sponsor of the trial to vote/provide opinion on the trial, has written procedures, prepares written minutes of convened meetings, and retains records pertaining to the review and approval process of human subjects projects; all in compliance with all U.S. regulatory requirements related to the protection of human research participants. Specifically, the IRB complies 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50, 21 CFR 56, 21 CFR 312, 21 CFR 812, and 45 CFR 164.508-514. In addition, the IRB complies with International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) E6, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, to the extent required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IRB applies the ethical principles of the Belmont Report and other ethical standards recognized by federal departments and agencies that have adopted federal policies for the protection of human subjects.

The University of Pikeville received $783,626 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students from the Department of Education. The university has received and signed the Department’s Certification and Agreement and has awarded, to date, $783,626 (100 percent of funds) to students. To facilitate the awarding of funds and the required reporting, the funding was applied to student accounts and the full amount refunded to them.

The university had two rounds of funding.

In the first round, funding was awarded to 967 students and was based on student expected family contribution (EFC) and Pell eligibility. The information was taken from student FAFSAs. Student awards varied depending on whether students displayed full, partial or no Pell eligibility.

In the second round, students submitted applications that included essays demonstrating their need. A committee scored these applications on a scale of one to five based on severity of need (i.e. one point for savings, tuition for next term, second apartment, etc., five for illness, more extreme needs); 274 students received awards in this round of funding.

Students received instructions, directions, or guidance via email concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Approximately 90 percent of students at the institution were eligible to receive funds.

CRRSAA-HEERF II and ARP-HEERF III – Student Portion – Reporting

The University of Pikeville received $783,266 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – HEERF II – Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Grants (CRRSAA) to Students from the Department of Education. In addition, ֱ received $2,446,952 in HEERF III – American Rescue Plan funds for students. The university has received the Department’s Supplemental Certification and Agreement and has awarded, as of March 31, 2022, $3,168,225(98 percent of funds) to students. To facilitate the awarding of funds and the required reporting, the funding was applied to student accounts and the full amount refunded to them.

HEERF II-CRRSAA funding was awarded to 1,773 students and was based on Pell eligibility. The information was taken from student FAFSAs. All undergraduate, graduate and professional level students were included, with the exception of international students. HEERF III-ARP funding was awarded in November 2021 to 2,237 students including spring and summer 2021 ֱ graduates and was based on PELL eligibility. Students were informed by via email that funds were being distributed.

The University of Pikeville received a total of $4,013,484 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF, HEERF II, HEERF III) grants for students from the U.S. Department of Education. As of June 2023, all funds designated for students have been distributed.

7/10/2023 Updated


The University of Pikeville works to ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations in accordance with the requirements of the American Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Disabilities Resources Office located in the Student Success Counselor’s Office. Accommodations are made on an individual basis according to documented need.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specified conditions is the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violations of the copyright law.

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Student Consumer Information

Please visit our comprehensive student consumer guidelines and information related to Federal Student Aid, policies, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Net Price Calculator, and other pertinent information.

A comprehensive Title IX Policy is available in addition to theAnnual Security Report.