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Photos to the left : Dedication of the Science Building, Phase II. Above photos of the New Martin Building and view of the Carloft is Garden. Did You Know … • Th e four-year graduation rate at EKU has doubled in the past eight years and is at an all-time high. • Twenty-six times in the past 27 years, EKU’s Honors Program has led the nation in the number of student presenters at the annual National Collegiate Honors Council. In November 2017, EKU’s Omar Salinas Chacon was named the top Honors student at the National Collegiate Honors Council. • Th e University is attracting more of the best and brightest students from Kentucky and beyond: the University’s current freshman class is the best-prepared academically in the institution’s history, with the number of freshmen scoring 30-36 on their ACT tests doubling since 2014. • In November 2016, Honors Scholar and Colonels’ quarterback Tyler Swaff ord became the fi rst student from any public university in Kentucky to ever win the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship in the nearly 20-year history of the scholarship program. • • EKU junior Knate Bartosch was one of only two winners nationally of the 2017 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad presented by Th e Forum on Education Abroad. Bartosch spent a summer studying wild lemurs in Madagascar. Eastern ranks second among all public universities in Kentucky in Washington Monthly’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, scoring highest in the category of earnings performance. Only Murray State University ranked higher overall in the survey, which the magazine calls an “exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at aff ordable prices.” • When Psychology Professor Dr. Matt Winslow received the 2017 Acorn Award for teaching excellence from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, it gave Eastern more recipients of the annual award than any other institution in the Commonwealth since 1995. Eastern was one of only three institutions nationally to receive the 2014 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes, awarded by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. • EKU received the higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity magazine each of the past two years, the only regional university in Kentucky with that distinction. • When the second phase was joined to the fi rst phase in 2017, the University’s Science Building became the largest facility of its type on any college campus in Kentucky. • • EKU’s nationally prominent mock trial teams have fi nished in the top 15 in the American Mock Trial Association national tournament three times in the last decade. In 2016, Eastern fi elded the only team from a regional comprehensive university in the national tournament. • Th e vast majority of the University’s near-record number of 16,644 students come from Kentucky, and 30 percent are fi rst-generation college students. • Approximately 76 percent of Eastern graduates are employed in Kentucky shortly aft er graduation, the state’s highest percentage among all its public four-year institutions. Richmond Kentucky 33