Western Kentucky University is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a state Normal School in 1906, it gained university status in 1966. It offers highly-ranked academic programs, along with extracurriculars like forensics and athletics, for students who are serious about their education and who desire leadership development. Programs are offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Ford College of Business; Ogden College of Science, Technology and Health; and Potter College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Its 200-acre main campus and 785-acre university farm are located in Bowling Green, 65 miles north of Nashville.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
15,895
Undergraduates
6,343
Men - 39.9%
9,553
Women - 60.1%
2,276
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
97% of 8,245 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
August 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.42
SAT Math
545 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
560 average
500-620 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23 average
19-27 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $24,845
Out-of-state: $40,539
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,802
Out-of-state: $26,496
Room and Board
$10,044
Average Percent of Need Met
18%
Average Freshman Award
$14,844
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,803
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
681
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
20%
10-19
28%
20-29
27%
30-39
11%
40-49
9%
50-99
5%
Over 100
1%
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Nashville Population
61,488
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Nashville
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
35% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Big Red
Sororities
18.1% of women participate
Fraternities
16% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
2.4%
Black/African-American
8.2%
Hispanic/Latino
4.2%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.5%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
80.8%
Unknown
0.5%
International Students
2.0% from 55 countries
First-Year Students Returning
72.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
30.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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