Western Kentucky University Rankings

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In the World#742 of 14178
In North America#256 of 2629
In the United States#229 of 2528
In Kentucky#3 of 40
In Bowling Green#1 of 2

Quick Review

Acceptance rate
97%
Average SAT
1105
Average ACT
23
Aid receiving
98%
Undergraduates
15,895
Graduates
2,276
Male:Female Ratio
39:61
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
wku.edu

Western Kentucky University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate97%96%98%
Applicants8,2452,9905,255
Admissions8,0192,8785,141
Freshmen enrolled full time2,6801,0021,678
Freshmen enrolled part time341816

4,092 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

3,376 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
306 or 11%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 990
or below

75% of them
had 1220
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Western Kentucky University are 990-1220 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
2,573 or 95%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 19
or below

75% of them
had 27
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Western Kentucky University are 19-27 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record 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
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White14354 (79%)
Black or African American1506 (8%)
Hispanic729 (4%)
Two or more races599 (3%)
Nonresident Alien412 (2%)
Asian400 (2%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown108 (0.6%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander21 (0.1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native17 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$8,255
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 capacity5,266
Combined charge for room and board$8,432
Room charge$4,678
Meal charge$3,754

Western Kentucky University Majors

MajorAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoral
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse10519016
General Studies70239
Business Administration and Management, General1017346
Organizational Leadership58108
Psychology, General13514
Social Work7249
Biology & Biological Sciences, General10015
Agriculture, General9320
Elementary Education and Teaching9911
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General3066
Accounting6426
Marketing & Marketing Management, General86
Health & Health Care Administration & Management5419
Audiology & Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology & Pathologist71
Kinesiology and Exercise Science68
Criminology551
Fine & Studio Arts, General55
English Language and Literature, General4310
Finance, General51
Special Education and Teaching, General3317
Mechanical Engineering50
Information Technology47
Hospitality Administration & Management, General46
Broadcast Journalism45
Construction Engineering Technology & Technician40
Apparel and Textiles, General40
Computer and Information Sciences, General327
Speech Communication and Rhetoric327
Health Services & Allied Health & Health Sciences, General39
Sports Studies38
Sociology334
Civil Engineering, General37
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General36
History, General314
Dental Hygiene & Hygienist628
Public Relations & Image Management34
Chemistry, General229
Mathematics, General1813
Physical Therapy & Therapist31
Advertising30
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching1513
Family and Consumer Sciences & Home Economics Teacher Education28
Architectural Technology & Technician26
Economics, General25
Management Information Systems, General25
Political Science and Government, General25
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics168
Library and Information Science24
Nursing Practice24
Radio and Television23
Counseling Psychology22
Secondary Education and Teaching21
Music Performance, General20
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching911
Community Health and Preventive Medicine20
Manufacturing Engineering Technology & Technician20
Spanish Language and Literature19
Geography810
Organizational Communication, General18
International Relations and Affairs17
International Business & Trade & Commerce17
Management Science17
Anthropology17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering17
Public Health, General17
Legal Assistant & Paralegal213
Journalism15
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services14
School Psychology95
Industrial Technology & Technician13
Music, Other13
Health Information & Medical Records Administration & Administrator13
Photojournalism12
Educational Leadership and Administration, General12
Early Childhood Education and Teaching353
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies11
Music Teacher Education11
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General10
Business & Managerial Economics10
Dance, General9
Community Organization and Advocacy9
Public Administration9
Arabic Language and Literature8
Social Sciences, General8
Dramatic & Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other8
Biochemistry8
English Language and Literature & Letters, Other8
Chinese Language and Literature8
Meteorology7
Environmental Health16
Reading Teacher Education6
Family and Community Services6
Creative Writing6
Technical Teacher Education5
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other5
Cultural Studies & Critical Theory and Analysis5
Religion & Religious Studies41
Folklore Studies5
Biological and Physical Sciences5
Agricultural Production Operations, General4
Geology & Earth Science, General4
Physics, General4
Physical Sciences4
Education, General4
Health Information & Medical Records Technology & Technician3
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other3
French Language and Literature3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation3
Clinical Laboratory Science & Medical Technology & Technologist3
Education & Teaching of the Gifted and Talented3
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching3
Educational & Instructional Technology3
Asian Studies & Civilization2
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education2
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels2
Geographic Information Science and Cartography1
Grand Total2082,98376272
TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate48%42%54%
  • Full-time retention rate - 73%
  • Part-time retention rate - 32%

Publications & Citations

Publications
7,138
Citations
136,447

Publication count by topic

Psychology
1,220
Medicine
565
Computer science
475
Chemistry
469
Biology
468
Political science
449
Business
372
Mathematics
360
Sociology
326
Engineering
283
Physics
282
Materials science
281
Economics
254
Geography
239
Environmental science
226
History
216
Art
134
Geology
119
Philosophy
86

Topical rankings by citation count

DisciplineWorld RankCitations
Psychology57437,551
History621332
Business6857,589
Physics70020,123
Sociology7953,360
Philosophy813202
Political science8481,423
Economics9064,561
Geography9672,041
Environmental science9874,412
Art115858
Mathematics12276,017
Engineering13892,736
Geology1421951
Computer science14565,297
Chemistry157511,271
Biology16489,835
Medicine17435,356
Materials science18734,153

Annual publication & citation counts

YearPublicationsCitations
199053175
199154277
199254285
199351292
199457420
199558442
199688497
199776556
199877618
199968654
200079770
200185944
20021071144
20031211327
20041651661
20051902033
20061752684
20072253295
20082814053
20092885225
20103355656
20113466509
20123377475
20134518438
20144249069
20154729793
20164009760
201732510093
20182779297
201927310658
202027711844

General info

Alternative namesWKU
HILLTOPPERS
Founded1906
WikipediaWestern Kentucky University
MottoThe Spirit Makes The Master
Colorsred, white
Academic CalendarAugust to May (August - December; January-May). Also Summer Session (May-August)
Total FTE staff2,102
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-1000
United States
City population62,000
Phone2707450111
Fax+1 (270) 745 5387

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