Western Kentucky University: Statistics

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#297 of 2,597 In North America
#266 of 2,496 In the United States
#3 of 38 In Kentucky
#1 of 2 In Bowling Green
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Quick Review

Acceptance rate
98%
Average SAT
1080
Average ACT
23
Aid receiving
98%
Undergraduates
15,286
Graduates
2,231
Male:Female Ratio
38:62
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
www.wku.edu

Western Kentucky University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 98% 97% 98%
Applicants 8,574 3,126 5,448
Admissions 8,381 3,021 5,360
Freshmen enrolled full time 3,068 1,122 1,946
Freshmen enrolled part time 49 20 29

10,806 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

4,127 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
305 or 10%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 980
or below

75% of them
had 1180
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Western Kentucky University are 980-1180 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
2,970 or 95%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 19
or below

75% of them
had 26
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Western Kentucky University are 19-26 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White 13723 (78%)
Black or African American 1557 (9%)
Hispanic 771 (4%)
Two or more races 619 (4%)
Asian 427 (2%)
Nonresident Alien 258 (1%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 101 (0.6%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 28 (0.2%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 14 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$7,987
Students receiving aid
98%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $10,802$12,140
Tuition in-state $10,802$12,140
Tuition out-of-state $26,496$18,340

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity 4,903
Combined charge for room and board $10,044
Room charge $6,198
Meal charge $3,846

Western Kentucky University Majors

Major Associate's degree Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 89 220 17
General Studies 51 221
Business Administration and Management, General 2 161 47
Organizational Leadership 70 123
Elementary Education and Teaching 123 10
Social Work 74 51
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 99 22
Psychology, General 92 18
Accounting 71 20
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management, General 22 66
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 81
Audiology & Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology & Pathologist 81
Agriculture, General 72 7
Health & Health Care Administration & Management 57 19
Marketing & Marketing Management, General 73
Finance, General 72
Criminology 56 5
Information Technology 58
Sports Studies 55
Mechanical Engineering 50
Broadcast Journalism 47
Health Services & Allied Health & Health Sciences, General 47
Special Education and Teaching, General 29 17
English Language and Literature, General 36 4
Fine & Studio Arts, General 39
Construction Engineering Technology & Technician 39
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 39
Civil Engineering, General 39
History, General 26 10
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 36
Apparel and Textiles, General 35
Chemistry, General 24 10
Political Science and Government, General 34
Dental Hygiene & Hygienist 4 29
Hospitality Administration & Management, General 33
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 24 8
Advertising 30
Mathematics, General 18 11
Library and Information Science 29
Public Relations & Image Management 28
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 14 14
Physical Therapy & Therapist 28
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 14 13
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 27
Geography 17 9
Family and Consumer Sciences & Home Economics Teacher Education 26
Sociology, General 23 3
Social Sciences, General 25
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 14 7
Management Science 24
Manufacturing Engineering Technology & Technician 24
Organizational Communication, General 24
Architectural Technology & Technician 23
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17 5
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching 17 5
Counseling Psychology 22
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 21
Spanish Language and Literature 19
Environmental Health 9 10
Economics, General 19
Nursing Practice 19
Music Performance, General 18
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 18
Radio and Television 18
Photojournalism 18
Secondary Education and Teaching 17
Public Health, General 17
Journalism 15
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 15
International Relations and Affairs 14
International Business & Trade & Commerce 14
English Language and Literature & Letters, Other 14
School Psychology 12 2
Meteorology 13
Music, Other 13
Business & Managerial Economics 12
Anthropology, General 12
Management Information Systems, General 12
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 12
Community Organization and Advocacy 12
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 11
Dramatic & Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 11
Biochemistry 11
Reading Teacher Education 11
Health Information & Medical Records Administration & Administrator 10
Education & Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 10
Geology & Earth Science, General 9
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies 9
Music Teacher Education 8
Legal Assistant & Paralegal 1 6
Dance, General 7
Industrial Technology & Technician 7
Chinese Language and Literature 7
Family and Community Services 7
Public Administration 7
Creative Writing 7
Technical Teacher Education 6
Cultural Studies & Critical Theory and Analysis 6
Religion & Religious Studies 5 1
Agricultural Production Operations, General 5
Asian Studies & Civilization 5
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 5
Engineering & Industrial Management 5
Arabic Language and Literature 4
French Language and Literature 4
Physics, General 4
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 3
Physical Sciences, General 3
German Language and Literature 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3
Folklore Studies 3
Health Information & Medical Records Technology & Technician 2
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2
Clinical Laboratory Science & Medical Technology & Technologist 2
Biological and Physical Sciences 2
Education, General 2
Educational & Instructional Technology 2
Emergency Medical Technology & Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 1
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 1
Grand Total 164 3,040 804 64
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 52% 45% 58%
  • Full-time retention rate - 77%
  • Part-time retention rate - 48%

Publications & Citations

Publications
6,274
Citations
125,414

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
1,893 / 20,152
Psychology
1,052 / 27,975
Medicine
1,042 / 16,272
Business
828 / 17,112
Environmental Science
771 / 12,921
Computer Science
699 / 11,613
Engineering
669 / 12,761
Physics
612 / 28,481
Chemistry
596 / 13,740
Biology
587 / 13,310
Political Science
412 / 1,414
Mathematics
372 / 5,962
Economics
360 / 4,766
Art & Design
354 / 1,256
Social Psychology
345 / 12,413
Sociology
275 / 3,419
Materials Science
259 / 4,467
Education Majors
234 / 2,332
Geography and Cartography
230 / 2,987
Astrophysics and Astronomy
221 / 18,840
Health Science
218 / 1,723
History
200 / 282
Child Psychology
199 / 8,218
Communications and Public Relations
197 / 2,319
Math Teachers
196 / 2,224
Demography
186 / 5,195
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
170 / 2,997
Ecology
163 / 2,641
Clinical Psychology
128 / 2,836
Library and Information science
127 / 446
Geology
119 / 1,293
Marketing
119 / 7,735
Nursing
111 / 492
Public Policy / Administration
102 / 314
Advertising
99 / 4,021
Finance
97 / 1,060
Physical Therapy
97 / 2,176
Media Studies
95 / 90
Hydrology and Water resources management
95 / 2,341
Gerontology
93 / 1,417

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 55 269
1992 54 292
1993 51 306
1994 58 431
1995 65 469
1996 93 521
1997 80 625
1998 84 654
1999 76 703
2000 87 846
2001 93 1029
2002 112 1213
2003 132 1431
2004 176 1758
2005 202 2140
2006 194 2824
2007 233 3452
2008 294 4217
2009 302 5487
2010 341 5987
2011 361 6810
2012 357 7831
2013 464 8795
2014 438 9454
2015 498 10287
2016 421 10521
2017 334 11005
2018 297 11051
2019 287 12337
2020 295 14353
2021 282 15079

Western Kentucky University alumni

  1. John Carpenter

    John Carpenter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    film producerfilm directorscreenwriteractorcomposer
    Biography

    John Howard Carpenter is an American filmmaker, actor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action, and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s. Carpenter is generally recognized as one of the greatest masters of the horror genre. At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the French Directors' Guild presented Carpenter with the Golden Coach Award, lauding him as "a creative genius of raw, fantastic, and spectacular emotions."

  2. Michael Rosenbaum

    Michael Rosenbaum
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    actorfilm directorfilm producerwriterdub actor
    Biography

    Michael Owen Rosenbaum is an American actor and podcaster. He is known for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of "The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time".

  3. Charles Napier

    Charles Napier
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1936-2011 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    actorvoice actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Charles Lewis Napier was an American character actor known for playing supporting and occasional leading roles in television and films. He was frequently cast as police officers, soldiers, or authority figures, many of them villainous or corrupt. After leaving his Kentucky hometown to serve in the Army, he graduated from college and worked as a sports coach and art teacher before settling on acting as a career. Napier established himself in character roles and worked steadily for the next 35 years. He made numerous collaborations with director Jonathan Demme, including roles in Something Wild (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), Beloved (1998), and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

  4. Sue Grafton

    Sue Grafton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-2017 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    writerscreenwriternovelistauthorjournalist
    Biography

    Sue Taylor Grafton was an American author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. The daughter of detective novelist C. W. Grafton, she said the strongest influence on her crime novels was author Ross Macdonald. Before her success with this series, she wrote screenplays for television movies.

General info

Alternative names WKU
HILLTOPPERS
Founded 1906
Motto The Spirit Makes The Master
Colors red, white
Academic Calendar August to May (August - December; January-May). Also Summer Session (May-August)
Total FTE staff 1,952
Carnegie Classification Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address 1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-1000
United States
City population 72,000
Phone 2707450111
Fax +1 (270) 745 5387

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