Tuition & Fees

$9,912

$24,792

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

43%

57%

male

female

1
18

teacher

students

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Not Selective

92%

acceptance rate

Accepted 8,303
Declined + 654
Total Received 8,957
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Public

17,310

undergraduate students

2,753

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. General Studies
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Psychology
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Codes

SAT 1901
ACT 1562

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
33%
400-499
35%
300-399
11%
200-299
2%
700-800
3%
600-699
14%
500-599
31%
400-499
38%
300-399
12%
200-299
2%
30-36
18%
24-29
26%
18-23
38%
12-17
16%
6-11
2%
Below 6
0
30-36
6%
24-29
33%
18-23
38%
12-17
23%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
9%
24-29
32%
18-23
45%
12-17
14%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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School Facts

Western Kentucky is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a state Normal school in 1906, it gained university status in 1966. Programs are offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Gordon Ford College of Business; Ogden College of Science and Engineering; College of Health and Human Services; and Potter College of Arts and Letters. Its 200-acre main campus and 785-acre university farm are located in Bowling Green, 65 miles north of Nashville.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 20,063
Established in 1906
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  AMA/AAMC/LCME (American Medical Association/Association of American Medical Colleges/Liaison Committee on Medical Education)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
•  CSAB (Computing Sciences Accreditation Board)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NLN (National League for Nursing)
•  NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Bowling Green, KY

235-acre campus in Bowling Green (population: 61,488), 65 miles north of Nashville; branch campus in Glasgow. Served by bus; major airport serves Nashville. School operates transportation on campus and to Bowling Green. Public transportation serves campus.

Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Boulevard
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
32%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
80%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

Greek Life

 
18 fraternities 13% of male students
 
13 sororities 17% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
22%
Top 1/4
44%
Top 1/2
74%
Bottom 1/2
26%
Bottom 1/4
8%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
33%
400-499
35%
300-399
11%
200-299
2%
700-800
3%
600-699
14%
500-599
31%
400-499
38%
300-399
12%
200-299
2%
30-36
18%
24-29
26%
18-23
38%
12-17
16%
6-11
2%
Below 6
0
30-36
6%
24-29
33%
18-23
38%
12-17
23%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
9%
24-29
32%
18-23
45%
12-17
14%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $45
Common application accepted no
Application deadline August 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Not Selective

92%

acceptance rate

Accepted 8,303
Declined + 654
Total Received 8,957

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Right Now

Admissions Contact

Scott G. Gordon
Director of Admissions
P: 800 495-8463
F: 270 745-6133
admission@wku.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $9,912
Room $4,268
Board $3,100
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $18,280
Average Financial Aid - $14,156
Total with Avg. Aid $4,124

Financial Aid

34%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$14,156

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $25,191,752
State $4,884,470
Institutional $1,705,969
Other external
Total $31,782,191

Non-need-based

Federal $3,119,774
State $11,591,121
Institutional $23,485,318
Other external $2,188,154
Total $40,384,367

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Sun Belt Conference (Division I, Football I-A)
Mascot
Big Red
School colors
red and white
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advertising
Agricultural Operations
American Sign Language
Anthropology
Apparel/Textiles
Applied Economics
Architectural Technology and Design
Architectural Technology/Technician
Art History/Criticism/Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Audiology/Audiologist/Speech Language/Pathology/Pathologist
Biochemistry
Biological/Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biotechnology
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration/Management/General
Business Teacher Education
Business/Managerial Economics
Cartography
Chemistry
Child Care Services
Civil Engineering
Clinical Lab Science/Medical Technology
Communication Sciences/Disorders/General
Community Health/Preventive Medicines
Computer Information Sciences/General
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Counseling Education
Counseling Psychology
Criminology
Cultural/Critical Studies
Curriculum/Instruction
Dance
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Drama/Dramatics/Theatre Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts/Stagecraft
Early Childhood Education/Teaching
Economics General
Education
Educational Leadership Administration/Supervision
Educational Leadership/Instructional Technology
Electrical/Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education Teaching
Emergency Medical Technology
Engineering/Industrial Engineering
English Language/Literature/General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Health
Executive Secretarial
Family Consumer Sciences
Finance/General
Financial Planning/Services
Fine/Studio Arts
Folklore
French Language/Literature
General Studies
Geography
Geological/Earth Sciences
Geological/Earth Sciences/Geoscience
German Language/Literature
Health Information/Medical Records Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History
Hospitality Administration/Management/General
Industrial Technology/Technology
Information Technology
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations/Affairs
Journalism
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education/Teaching
Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Library/Information Science
Management Information Systems
Management Science
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Meteorology
Molecular Genetics
Multi-interdisciplinary Studies
Music Performance
Music Teacher Education
Music/Other
Nursing Administrator
Organizational Communication
Organizational Leadership
Parks/Recreation/Leisure Facilities Management
Photojournalism
Physical Education Teaching/Coaching
Physics
Political Science/Government
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Relations/Image Management
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Religion/Religious Studies
School Psychology
Secondary Education/Teaching
Social Sciences
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish Language/Literature
Special Education/Teaching/General
Speech Communication/Rhetoric
Sports Studies
Teacher Education/Multiple Levels
Technical Teacher Education
Trade/Industrial Education
Women's Studies
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Undergraduate

86%

17,310
students

Female
57%
9,889

Male
43%
7,421

Graduate

14%

2,753
students

Female
65%
1,781

Male
35%
972

undergraduateFull-time

75%

13,152
students

Female
56%
7,293

Male
44%
5,859

undergraduatePart-time

25%

4,158
students

Female
63%
2,596

Male
37%
1,562

Student Break-down

5%
Nonresident aliens
9%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Hispanic/Latino
67%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

92%

Transfer applicants accepted

55%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s)
Interview
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

Summer: May 1

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Other
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

90%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 55
Countries most often represented China
India
Republic Of Korea
Saudi Arabia
Taiwan
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Raza Tiwana
Assistant Director of International Admissions
270 745-2551
raza.tiwana@wku.edu

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