Richmond, the county seat of Madison County, is one of the Commonwealth’s fastest-growing cities, with about 40,000 residents. The community provides an excellent environment for the university student and boasts a regional shopping mall, theaters, live entertainment, fine dining, cultural events and activities, as well as many areas of historic and scenic interest.
Fort Boonesborough State Park, birthplace of Kentucky, is located 12 miles (19.31 km) to the north. Many other historical sites are within easy driving distance. Scenic and recreational areas surround this section of the state.
Situated near the heart of the Bluegrass, Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make Eastern easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles (41.84 km) southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Interstate Highways I-75 (north-south) and I-64 (east-west) make the metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, 112 miles (180.25 km) to the north, and Louisville, 110 miles (177.03 km) to the west, within convenient distance by automobile.Richmond is also served by U.S. Route 25 from Southeastern Kentucky and Kentucky Route 52 from the east and west. The Bluegrass, Mountain, Daniel Boone, and Cumberland Parkways provide even greater accessibility by automobile since the city is located near the convergence of these arterial highways into the interstate system.
Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, co-educational, residential, public institution of higher education established in 1906 and currently serves over 16,000 students enrolled at various campuses in over 148 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and online degree programs. EKU offers general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. In 1935, a graduate program was approved at Eastern. Since this time, it has continuously grown and now offers programs in all five colleges.