Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY, USA
3.79 Average Rating

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is a 4-year public institution with campus perched atop a hill. WKU is home to six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 101 academic majors and 111 minors. The university also hosts the Colonnade Program, a group of general education core courses designed for all incoming First Year students. In addition to classroom space, the WKU campus includes the Downing Student Union featuring a space for pageants and lectures. 

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
95%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision August 1, 2019

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
74%
Out-Of-State Students
23%
96%
Submitting ACT
7%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 22
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1047
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
20,257
Total Number of Undergrads
17,656
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
48%
20-39 Students
39%
40-99 Students
11%
0
100
28%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
51%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
18:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$11,817
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$10,602
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$26,496
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$8,350
Books and Supplies
$1000

Aid & Grants

0
100
23%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
90%
Average Aid Per Year
$7,087
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
90%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,415
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$7,147

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
52%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$5,991
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$23,197
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$247
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
41%
59%
Student Organizations
353
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes

Housing

0
100
33%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Hilltoppers
School Colors
Red/White
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Conference USA

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Bowling Green
Louisville
Nashville
Owensboro
Lexington
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$34,700
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What Students Are Saying

3.79 Average Rating
I love WKU. Western Kentucky University is a magnificent school with faculty members dedicated to making sure that us students succeed. This School is definitely preparing me to excel & achieve all of my dreams.
Brooke from Lexington, KY
The school is nice, but i do wish that they would hire more native english speaking professors. I enjoy the campus because it is extremely beautiful. I do not enjoy being a music major because i have no time to take classes that i want to take without taking another semester of college.
Josh from White House, TN

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