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  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 12,393 undergraduate students. The Western Kentucky acceptance rate is 97%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Nursing, and Business. Graduating 45% of students, Western Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,200.
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA

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.

WKU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
97%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
980-1190
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$12,486/ 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
$7,911/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

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.145 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.144 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
14
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
5
Online Associates Programs
4
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    60%
  • Online
    14%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,393Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,637
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
42%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 93 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    49%
  • Split dynamic. Greeks/ Party-Goers, Academics
    17%
  • There is some diversity
    15%
  • Party Party Party
    5%
  • WHITE AND PRIVILEGED MOSTLY RACIST
    4%
  • Conservative
    3%
  • Now and then you'll find a diamond in the rough
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.174 responses
Poll
73%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.205 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 97 responses
Report
  • Home
    24%
  • Charming
    18%
  • Content
    11%
  • Comforting
    9%
  • Okay
    9%
  • Awesome
    7%
  • Fun
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
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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As a student, I am a major fan of WKU so far. I have had amazing opportunities to branch out and discover what I am interested in studying. When not in the classroom, many of us are involved in organizations that we are passionate about and grow us as academically and personally. There is an outlet for everyone on "The Hill."
The schools is a beautiful, well-maintained, and safe campus. It is home to an amazing body of students and faculty that are constantly aiding your development and education. Amazing opportunities exist at Western. This is a quality education received regardless of your path. GO TOPS!
I have few complaints about the university itself and I find that most agree.
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I love Western Kentucky University's business college. The staff is amazing and want what is best for the student! There is free tutoring, meetings, and the faculty is more than willing to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. The campus is easy to get around and provides tons of opportunities for the students such as networking sites, internship sites, and career fairs for students to attend. Although WKU is on the more expensive side of things, it makes for all the free opportunities it offers. I would recommend Western Kentucky University to anyone wanting to pursue a career in the business field.
I absolutely love going to school here. My freshman year was a great experience! I struggled in the beginning like any other freshman, but the support system I had/have here at Western was/is unbelievable. There are so many free resources that other schools don’t offer; for example tutoring, shuttle service, 24hr computer lab, etc. I love being a HillTopper and I can’t wait to finish my educational journal here!