Western Kentucky University: Ranking & Review

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Bowling Green
United States
Top 5%

Western Kentucky University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Acceptance Rate95%95%96%
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

Typical SAT scores

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

Typical ACT scores

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

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

Western Kentucky University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
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
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 Services40535137712
Health Professions and Related Programs13034515044669
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities72252324
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies136100236
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs12226229
Social Sciences1018222214
Public Administration and Social Service Professions7086156
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields646510139
Biological and Biomedical Sciences12014134
Visual and Performing Arts1106107
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences875487
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services4561777
Physical Sciences4521773
English Language and Literature & Letters46551
Mathematics and Statistics271441
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences122739
Library Science3737
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2727
Architecture and Related Services2424
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies19818
Legal Professions and Studies6410
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies1629
Philosophy and Religious Studies55
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.

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

General info

Alternative namesWKU
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 population62,000
Fax+1 (270) 745 5387

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