University of Pikeville Mission Statement
January 2015

The University of Pikeville is the leading higher education institution of Central Appalachia. Founded in 1889, UPIKE remains steadfast in our commitment to preparing students for the future while creating intellectual, cultural and economic opportunities for Appalachia. Maintaining our commitment to Christian principles, UPIKE recognizes the infinite worth of each person, respecting a variety of religious expressions.

UPIKE achieves its mission by:

  • Creating a pathway to higher education for all students who desire to embark upon that journey and attracting and retaining high caliber students who will be future regional, national and global leaders.
  • Preparing graduates through quality academic programs, grounded in the liberal arts, and through involvement in community service, experiential learning, research, athletics, humanitarian efforts and global outreach.
  • Achieving academic excellence by maintaining academic rigor and relevancy in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.
  • Attracting and retaining distinguished faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and alumni who are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of students, promoting a caring and supportive environment conducive to learning and meeting the needs of an evolving university; and
  • Providing superior infrastructure with state-of-the-art classrooms, clinics, instructional materials, physical facilities, technological infrastructure and campus amenities through sound fiscal policy and efficient and effective administrative services.

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