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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.

Website: www.wku.edu/

Public
Co-ed
15,895
Undergraduate
Students
(60.1%) 9,555 Women
(39.9%) 6,340 Men
2,276
Graduate
Students

Admission

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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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $23,145
Out-of-state: $38,839
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,802
Out-of-state: $26,496
Room and Board
$8,432
Average Percent of Need Met
23%
Average Freshman Award
$14,844
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
$26,803
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
681
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 20% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 9% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Bowling Green Population
61,488
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Nashville
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
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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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
4.2% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.8% White
0.5% Unknown
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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