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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 University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Website

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
94%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
860-1090
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,409/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,398/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,345/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,523/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,528/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,737/ year
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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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.133 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.132 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,160Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 82 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    50%
  • Split dynamic. Greeks/ Party-Goers, Academics
    17%
  • There is some diversity
    17%
  • Party Party Party
    5%
  • Conservative
    4%
  • WHITE AND PRIVILEGED MOSTLY RACIST
    4%
  • Now and then you'll find a diamond in the rough
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.162 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.193 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 85 responses
Report
  • Home
    25%
  • Charming
    16%
  • Content
    12%
  • Okay
    9%
  • Comforting
    8%
  • Awesome
    7%
  • Fun
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.85 responses
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Western Kentucky University Reviews

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From the moment is started my enrollment I’ve had nothing but a pleasant experience. All of the information given to me has been clear and all of my questions thoroughly answered. I have grown to love the atmosphere that surrounds Western Kentucky University and the bomds between the students, staff, and professors that is encouraged here. It’s really helped the transition into college and made it a comfortable and confedent transition!
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I’ve only been at WKU for one semester, but I’m already in love. As a student who is trying to pay their way through college on their own, WKU gives me the flexibility I need. Not only do they offer an abundance of scholarships to aid your education, but they offer a wide selection of classes as well. This has helped me as I work full time so the online and night courses they offer have been a perfect fit. But most importantly, Western Kentucky feels like home. This university is a community that welcomes everyone with open arms, and I’m a proud Hilltopper!
Western Kentucky University is a nice school overall. The campus is absolutely beautiful and the food on campus is great. There are some nice living options on campus and nice campus-affiliated apartments off campus. Athletics are a huge part of the experience at Western. There are numerous organizations to get involved in, therefore, everyone can find somewhere they feel they belong. The Department of Student Activities does an amazing job with campus events for students to enjoy. The downfall about WKU is the equity and inclusion of all students. The racial climate is a bit divisive and felt by the minorities on campus. WKU needs to do a better job with the inclusion of all students and their organizations, as well as appropriately handling incidents of injustice and hate amongst students on campus.