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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Western Kentucky is a public university located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 12,919 undergraduate students. The Western Kentucky acceptance rate is 95%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 43% of students, Western Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,200.
About Western Kentucky University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Website
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Western Kentucky University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
95%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
970-1180
ACT Range
19-27
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$11,817/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,295/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.123 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.140 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.139 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,919Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,737
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    48%
  • Split dynamic. Greeks/ Party-Goers, Academics
    18%
  • There is some diversity
    16%
  • Party Party Party
    6%
  • Conservative
    3%
  • Now and then you'll find a diamond in the rough
    3%
  • WHITE AND PRIVILEGED MOSTLY RACIST
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.169 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.200 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 92 responses
Report
  • Home
    24%
  • Charming
    17%
  • Content
    12%
  • Okay
    10%
  • Comforting
    9%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Fun
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.85 responses
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Excellent school, definitely allows me to discover who I am whilst furthering my education. Going into my second year , I have earned very quickly how to efficiently navigate on campus. The professors are easy to work with and make learning an absolute joy! Being someone who is more reserved, I have definitely been able to make new friendships and form life-long bonds with ease. The programs offered are also very diverse.
I highly recommend Western Kentucky University to anyone who is wanting to have fun in college but maintain a high GPA without excess stress!
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Attending Western Kentucky University has been the best decision I have ever made! WKU is such an amazing campus that offers many opportunities for it's students. No matter where you are around campus everyone is always so nice and helpful. While being at WKU I have learned so many things and have met some of the best people. Our university offers many academic programs as well as many clubs and sports to get involved in. This year I became involved in WKU's TOP Guide program which is a leadership group that helps in hosting Orientations for incoming students. Through this program I have had the opportunity to better my communication skills as well as grow as a leader. It has also helped me learn more about my Univeristy which makes me want to get more involved. Overall, WKU is a big campus with a small feel that has endless opportunities for its students to grow as people.
I have enjoyed getting to know not only the fellow students, but also the welcoming and friendly faculty and staff at Western Kentucky University. They are all very helpful in pointing me in the right directions in my life, in my academics, in my social life, and in my career path. The honors freshman dorm (Minton Hall) could be better as the bathrooms are not always very clean, but I have otherwise had very few complaints. I have no doubt that future students will love it here on The Hill!