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Pikeville College
Motto Prospiciam Ad Montes
(Look to the Mountains)
Established 1889
Type Private, 4 year
President Paul E. Patton[1]
Dean Thomas R. Hess, Ph.D. (interim)
Students 1,066
Location Pikeville, KY, USA
Colors Orange and Black
Nickname Bears
Lady Bears
Affiliations Presbyterian Church
Mid-South Conference, NAIA

Pikeville College is a small private college located in Pikeville, Kentucky. It has about 1000 students.

The college was founded in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church as the Pikeville College Institute. It operated on the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, although its "college" offerings were not accredited and did not lead to a degree.

In 1909 the school was split into the "Pikeville College Academy", which was a private school at the primary and secondary level, and Pikeville College, which was accredited as a junior college, offering the first two-years with an anticipation of students then transferring to another Presbyterian college for a degree. In 1955 the school became a degree granting four-year college in its own right, and in 1957 the academy closed.

In 1997 the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine opened. This makes the college one of the smallest colleges in the United States to have a medical school. PCSOM

The purpose of the osteopathic school, while graduates are fully prepared to specialize in any medical field, is to train primary care physicians to fill the shortage of medical care in the rural section of Appalachia in which it is located. Student recruitment is focused almost exclusively on students with a rural Appalachian background. It is one of 23 osteopathic colleges in the country, and one of five in Appalachia.[2]

The college's president is Paul E. Patton, who was Governor of Kentucky from 1995-2003.[1]

In athletics, the school's teams are known as the Bears and Lady Bears and compete in the NAIA's Mid-South Conference.

Pikeville College's current advertising slogan is Changing our graduate at a time.


The Armington Learning Center - A building which houses all undergraduate math and science classes, undergraduate labs, various professor's offices, Chrisman Auditorium, the Chrisman Appalachian Research Institute and also the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Administration Building - administration building houses the Education division.

The Allara Library - Dedicated in 1991, the Allara Library contains 3 floors of study rooms, books, a small cache of microfilm and microfiche, and the basement houses the Pikeville College tutoring lab. The Allara Library was remodeled from the old Pikeville Hospital.

Record Memorial - This building serves as a connection between Hambley Boulevard and Pikeville College and also contains Booth Auditorium, the Sturgill Board Room, the Elizabeth Akers Nursing Program, the Marguerite Weber Art Gallery, and the Ridenour Dance Studio.

The Lawson Family Residential Center - The centre is a combination of the two residence halls named The Condit, and The Derrianna. While almost exclusively containing women's dormitories, the Lawson Family Residential Center also houses the Pikeville College Security Office.

Wickham Hall - Although originally a dorm for female campus residents it now contains exclusively male campus residents, all Pikeville College dining facilities, and a great number of professor offices.

Page Hall - Page Hall, like Wickham Hall, was originally a residence hall for female campus residents but now houses male campus residents exclusively.

The Kinzer Residential Center - The latest addition to Pikeville College's facilities houses both male and female campus residents.

The Marvin Student Center - The building houses the campus lounge, gameroom, post office, Upward Bound Program, and ROTC/National Guard Offices.


Majors and Minors

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Sciences Area of Concentration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish*

Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Notes and references

Coordinates: 37°28′45″N 82°31′16″W / 37.47910°N 82.52119°W / 37.47910; -82.52119



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