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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

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.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students17,595
   Women10,232 (58.2%)
   Men7,363 (41.8%)
Graduate Students2,676


Entrance DifficultyMinimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate94% of 9,693 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineAugust 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.27
SAT Math493 average
430-550 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading490 average
430-540 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite23 average
19-26 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $21,324
Out-of-state: $36,204
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,912
Out-of-state: $24,792
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met36%
Average Freshman Award$13,586
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 20% of classes
10-19 students: 29% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes


Bowling Green Population61,488
Nearest Metropolitan AreaNashville
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 80% of freshmen, 32% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotBig Red
Sororities17.1% of women participate
Fraternities 15% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.6% Asian
9.2% Black/African-American
3.2% Hispanic/Latino
3.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
81.2% White
1.3% Unknown
International Students4.9% from 77 countries
First-Year Students Returning72.8%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.58 3.71 587 573 24
Low 2.60 2.70 510 530 15
High 4.00 4.00 650 600 30
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• Agriculture students can work at WKU's Farm and Dairy and run livestock sales, auctions and shows for extra income.

• WKU's Hardin Planetarium offers free astronomy shows and lectures to students and the public.

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