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Western Kentucky University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 4,162 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 57 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

59% Women
41% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Conference USA

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $160,380)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $81,068)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 79 69 Yes -
Baseball 31 - - -
Basketball 14 12 - Yes
Football 104 - - Yes
Golf 13 10 - -
Soccer - 32 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 30 29 - -
Tennis 12 8 Yes -
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Bowling - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes Yes
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes
Water Sports - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 10.5%
Hispanic 1.4%
Non-resident alien 2.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 82.6%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 3
Drug Law Violation 116
Liquor Law Violation 16
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 73
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Brooke from Lexington, KY
  • 5
  • The dorms are so fun & unique. At least once a week, the dorms share different activities with us students in the lobby. The people are always so friendly and…

  • Jan-17-2012 Read More
  • Haley from Madisonville, KY
  • 3
  • We have a lot of community activities that revolve around the dorms such and dances and potlucks. I wish the other students would respect the dorm facilities more. …

  • Sep-21-2012 Read More
  • Brian from Mc Kee, KY
  • 4
  • Residence halls at WKU are all newly renovated. Each residence hall has a study space and laundry facilities that are spacious and clean. WKU's residence halls are better than most…

  • Oct-15-2012 Read More
  • Brandyn from Owensboro, KY
  • 3
  • The dorms are rather small and the tenants are not generally the most hygienic. The best advice I can convey to ensure a smooth year in the dorms is simply…

  • Dec-02-2015 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Taylor from Danville, KY
  • Dec-31-2015 I am a current student here

    Western offers a large array of food options. The student center houses a Starbucks, Burrito Bowl, Steak â??n Shake, Chick-fil-A, and Papa Johns. Fresh Food Company, located in the student center, is an all-you-can-eat cafeteria that often has international food options. Redzone, also located in the student center, is a sit-down sports-themed restaurant with a full menu. Redzone is a great place to watch sporting events and hang out with friends; it doesnâ??t feel like youâ??re on campus. The Tower Food Court holds a Juiceblendz, Burger Studio, and a Popeyes. Garrett Food Court has a Grille Works, Home, Papa Johns, Izziâ??s, and Bene Pasta. Two Subways, Java City, Einstein Brotherâ??s Bagel Company, Davinciâ??s, and Passport Bistro are also located on campus. Western also has two convenience-type stores that offer quick lunches and other necessary items. While these stores are great for last minute grabs, they are ridiculously overpriced. WKU offers a meal swipe system where students can purchase certain meals that are pre-paid for. Students also have the option to purchase dining dollars which can be used toward any food purchase. Meal swipe and dining dollar amount options are given. Freshmen are required to use a meal swipe meal plan. However, be aware: unused meal swipes do not roll over to the next week. Although there are a lot of food options on campus, not many of them are healthy. You must consciously choose to eat well.

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  • 3
  • Brandyn from Owensboro, KY
  • Dec-02-2015 I am a current student here

    As someone who likes to eat healthy, I am disappointed with the lack of healthy options. Every restaurant has healthy options that generally just include getting an apple instead of chips; for me, that is not enough. We are the first campus nation-wide to have a Steak 'n Shake located on campus. The only place to get a salad aside from Red Zone (a sit-down sports bar) is Fresh Food Company - the cafeteria. The rest of the places offer fast food and greasy options.

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  • 5
  • Emina from Bowling Green, KY
  • Sep-09-2015 I am a current student here

    The campus offers many dining choices, to suit everyone's needs. They even offer a nutritionist if you have special food needs who can direct you to the places on campus who can cater to those needs.

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  • 3
  • Kailen from Goshen, KY
  • Jun-07-2015 I am a current student here

    The food here is great! I enjoy all of the food on campus, but the downfall is there are not enough choices. You may look at the school and see a lot of food options, but when that's what you are eating every day you get in a routine of trying to not eat the same meal in one day. If there were more options with better food hours than it would be perfect. Food quality, all of it is fantastic! No complaints for that!

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  • 3
  • Natalie from Bowling Green, KY
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    The food choices are good, but get tiring. There are not enough healthy food options available for a meal swipe, or at easy access. Subway's lines are always very long, and the healthier restaurants are at the top of the hill or in Fresh...Fresh is decent, depending on the day you go.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Taylor from Danville, KY
  • Dec-31-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is a large part of Western Kentucky University culture. WKU hosts nineteen fraternities and fourteen sororities. These PanHellenic, Non-PanHellenic, and Honors sororities and fraternities are highly involved in several philanthropy projects. Events such as Greek Week, Parentâ??s Weekend, and more always see a large turnout and amount of participation. Many Greek organizations rush in the fall, but some also rush in the spring. Greek organizations offer leadership and service opportunities.

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  • 0
  • Kailen from Goshen, KY
  • Jun-07-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty big at Western! This is probably the best way to keep busy if you are looking to be busy. They are always doing great things for their philanthropy and for the school. Also, they put on a lot of shows that are open to all to see.

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  • 0
  • Courtney from White House, TN
  • Oct-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Don't have much experience with the Greek life, other than I know they are very involved and can help you get acquainted to campus life.

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  • 0
  • MaKayla from Indianapolis, IN
  • Mar-12-2014 I am a current student here

    I am a member of Omega Phi Alpha, the service sorority here on campus. We do not have a house, which makes our dues rather low and affordable. If you are thinking about going greek do it! It is an amazing feeling to be apart of something much bigger than yourself.

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