The University of Pikeville (nicknamed UPike and formerly known as Pikeville College) is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, located in Pikeville, Kentucky, United States. The university is located on a 25-acre (10 ha) campus on a hillside overlooking downtown Pikeville. The university was founded in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church. The university is part of a growing movement and state-supported study, known as Bill 270, to make the university part of Kentucky's state university system. Its current president is former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton.
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 over 1,800 students. The university has a vibrant campus life, with over 30 student organizations, spiritual life groups, and intramural sports. 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.
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