Tuition & Fees

$10,602

$26,496

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
25%
500-599
49%
400-499
23%
300-399
1%
700-800
2%
600-699
16%
500-599
50%
400-499
28%
300-399
4%
30-36
19%
24-29
27%
18-23
36%
12-17
17%
6-11
1%
30-36
6%
24-29
35%
18-23
34%
12-17
25%
30-36
10%
24-29
33%
18-23
42%
12-17
15%
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undergraduateRatios

41%

male

59%

female

1

teacher

18

students

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Not Selective

95%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,358
Declined + 446
Total Received 9,804
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Public

17,656

undergraduate students

2,601

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Elementary Education
  2. Psychology
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Codes

SAT 1901
ACT 1562

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School Facts

Western Kentucky University, 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 20,257
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)

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Bowling Green, KY

235-acre campus in Bowling Green (population: 67,067), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
33%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
83%
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 14% of male students
 
13 sororities 18% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
22%
Top 1/4
46%
Top 1/2
72%
Bottom 1/2
28%
Bottom 1/4
10%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
25%
500-599
49%
400-499
23%
300-399
1%
700-800
2%
600-699
16%
500-599
50%
400-499
28%
300-399
4%
30-36
19%
24-29
27%
18-23
36%
12-17
17%
6-11
1%
30-36
6%
24-29
35%
18-23
34%
12-17
25%
30-36
10%
24-29
33%
18-23
42%
12-17
15%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $45
($75 for international students)
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

95%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,358
Declined + 446
Total Received 9,804

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

Jace Lux
Director of Admissions
P: 800 495-8463
F: 270 745-6133
admission@wku.edu

Financial Aid

23%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$14,550

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $10,602
Room $4,490
Board $3,052
Books & supplies $1,000
Total $19,144
Average Financial Aid - $14,550
Total with Avg. Aid $4,594

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $21,862,075
State $5,641,833
Institutional $1,539,926
Other external
Total $29,043,834

Non-need-based

Federal $3,225,482
State $12,198,703
Institutional $26,740,949
Other external $2,399,154
Total $44,564,288
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 270 745-2755
F: 270 745-6586
fa.questions@wku.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Cindy Burnette
Director of Student Financial Assistance
cindy.burnette@wku.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Club Sports - Men's

Baseball, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bowling, Cheerleading, Equestrian Sports, Fencing, Lacrosse, Rugby, Skiing, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

Bowling, Cheerleading, Equestrian Sports, Fencing, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Skiing, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Dodgeball, Football, Racquetball, Soccer, Softball, Team Handball, Triathalon, Volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Todd Stewart (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Athletic Facts

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

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accountancy
Accounting
Adult Education
Advertising
Agriculture
Anthropology
Applied Economics
Applied Psychology
Arabic
Architectural Science
Art History
Asian Religions/Cultures
Biochemistry
Biology
Biology for Teacher Leaders
Broadcasting
Business Administration
Business Data Analytics
Business Economics
Business/Marketing Education
Chemistry
Child/Family Studies
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Communication Disorders
Communication Studies
Computer Information Technology
Computer Science
Corporate/Organizational Communication
Counseling
Counselor Education
Creative Writing
Criminology
Dance
Dental Hygiene
Diversity/Community Studies
Earth Science
Economics
Education/Behavioral Science Studies
Educational Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Engineering Technology Management
English
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Health Science
Environmental/Occupational Health Science
Exercise Science
Family/Consumer Sciences
Film
Finance
Folk Studies
French
Geographic Information Science
Geography Education for Teacher Leaders
Geography/Environmental Studies
Geology
Geoscience
German
Gifted Education/Talent Development
Health Administration
Health Care Administration
Health Information Management
Health Sciences
History
Homeland Security Sciences
Honors
Hospitality Management/Dietetics
Industrial Education
Instructional Design
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Interdisciplinary Studies
Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising
International Affairs
International Business
Journalism
Kinesiology
Library Media Education
Literacy Instruction
Management
Marketing
Mathematical Economics
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Meteorology
Middle Grades Education
Middle Grades Mathematics
Middle Level Education
Middle School Science
Military Leadership
Music
Nurse Practice
Nursing
Organizational Communication
Organizational Leadership
Performing Arts
Philosophy
Photojournalism
Physical Education
Physical Therapy
Physics
Political Science
Popular Culture Studies
Psychological Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Relations
Recreation Administration
Recreation/Sport Administration
Religious Studies
School Administration
School Counseling
School Psychology
Science/Mathematics Education
Secondary Education
Social Responsibility/Sustainable Communities
Social Studies
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Sport Management
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Systems Management
Technology Management
Theatre
Visual Arts
Visual Studies
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Elementary Education
  2. Psychology

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technologies
  • Other

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary science

20,257

total students

79%

in-state

21%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

87%

17,656
students

Female
59%
10,360

Male
41%
7,296

13%

2,601
students

Female
66%
1,713

Male
34%
888

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

73%

12,919
students

Female
57%
7,352

Male
43%
5,567

27%

4,737
students

Female
64%
3,008

Male
36%
1,729

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Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
8%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Hispanic/Latino
64%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

93%

Transfer applicants accepted

58%

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) Required of All
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

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
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International Students

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

International Student Contact

Toni Dye
Assistant Director of International Admissions
270 745-4858
toni.dye@wku.edu

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