Western Kentucky University: Ranking & Review

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Bowling Green Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 251 806
Top 5%

Western Kentucky University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate95%95%96%
Applicants9,8043,8495,955
Admissions9,3583,6585,700
Enrolled undergraduates3,1161,2841,832
Enrolled total (including graduate students)20,2578,18412,073

8,175 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

3,335 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $45. Application fee for graduates - $65.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither required nor recommended

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores218
Percent of students submitting SAT scores7%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
550
Math
525

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores2,993
Percent of students submitting ACT scores96%
ACT Composite
23
ACT English
21
ACT Math
23

Western Kentucky University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $21,496 $36,806
Off-campus $23,015 $38,325
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $8,350 and other expenses per full academic year.

Western Kentucky University provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 5,298 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $10,202 $25,512
Fees for full-time undergraduates $0 $0
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $425 $1,063
Tuition for Full-time graduates $11,780 $16,260
Fees for full-time graduates $0 $0
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $589 $813

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 40 535 137 712
Health Professions and Related Programs 130 345 150 44 669
Education 11 216 137 20 384
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 72 252 324
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 136 100 236
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1 222 6 229
Social Sciences 10 182 22 214
Psychology 132 46 178
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 70 86 156
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 64 65 10 139
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 120 14 134
Visual and Performing Arts 1 106 107
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 8 75 4 87
Engineering 78 78
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 4 56 17 77
Physical Sciences 4 52 17 73
English Language and Literature & Letters 46 5 51
Mathematics and Statistics 27 14 41
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences 12 27 39
Library Science 37 37
History 33 3 36
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 27 27
Architecture and Related Services 24 24
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1 9 8 18
Legal Professions and Studies 6 4 10
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 1 6 2 9
Philosophy and Religious Studies 5 5
Grand Total3652,850815644,094

A total of 3,215 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Western Kentucky University.

At the master's and doctor's level 879 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate43%38%47%
  • Full-time retention rate - 70%
  • Part-time retention rate - 19%

General info

Alternative namesWKU
HILLTOPPERS
Founded1906
MottoThe Spirit Makes The Master
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Mission StatementWestern Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.
Colorsred, white
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff2,387
Instructional FTE902
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewku.edu
Address1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-1000
United States
Urbanization levelCity: Small
City population50,000 - 250,000
Phone2707450111
Fax+1 (270) 745 5387

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