Founded in 1889 by Presbyterians, the University of Pikeville is committed to offering a broad liberal arts and sciences education. The University of Pikeville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees.
The university is home to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, one of three medical schools in the state of Kentucky. The university confers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees through its six academic divisions and one medical college; and has a current enrollment of 2,300 students. Its intercollegiate athletic teams, called the Bears, are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics at the NAIA Division I level and participate in the Mid-South Conference.
The majors offered for Associate’s degrees are Business/Accounting, Business/Management, Criminal Justice, Nursing. Master’s degree includes for Business Administration, Sport Management. Doctoral degrees are offered for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (via UP-KYCOM) and Doctor of Optometry
The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is responsible for the development and maintenance of data resources to support the strategic planning and policy-making processes at the University of Pikeville, including the College of Arts and Sciences, Coleman College of Business, Patton College of Education, Elliott School of Nursing, the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Kentucky College of Optometry.