• Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1000

  • Phone Number: (270) 745-0111

  • Website: https://www.wku.edu/

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About Western Kentucky University (WKU)

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public institution established in the year 1906. WKU's mission is to prepare students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged and socially responsible leaders of a global society. During the academic year, 2017-2018 the university earned more than 35 top recognition for academic programs. Every year the students earn prestigious academic scholarships and national recognition. The university offers various undergraduate and graduate degrees.

  • Western Kentucky University (WKU) acceptance rate is 94%.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 18:1.

  • The total student population of the university is 20,271 out of which 14,161 are full-timers and 6,110 are part-timers. 

  • Western Kentucky University (WKU) address is 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1000.


Western Kentucky University (WKU) Online

The online courses provided by the university are flexible as they can be accessed at any time, helps save up the cost of traveling, and has flexible scheduling. Many of the programs are nationally ranked and the courses are taught by highly-qualified faculty. It offers web classes and on-demand classes.

  • The web classes are semester-based and have specific start and end dates with the terms beginning in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. The on-demand classes provide the students with the opportunity of earning college credit when and where it is convenient for them.

  • The Western Kentucky University (WKU) blackboard provides various communication tools such as journals, blogs, discussion boards and such. These tools increase student interactions and build the learning community.

  • The degrees are accredited and transfer of credits can be done easily. 

  • WKU Topnet is a portal where the students can register for getting all the university information like register for classes, make changes in major, check financial aid status, access academic records, and many more. It also provides help with staff/faculty interaction. 

  • Topnet can be accessed via MyWku portal where students can use several resources such as Blackboard, software center, campus information and many more. It has a set of several tools to make the academic life better for the student. Students are required to create unique email ID in order to use Western Kentucky University login portal. 


Western Kentucky University (WKU) Schools and Colleges

  • College of Health and Human Services

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

  • Gordon Ford College of Business

  • Potter College of Arts and Letters

  • Ogden College of Science and Engineering


Western Kentucky University (WKU) Tuition

The tuition fee varies with each program and on a yearly basis. Western Kentucky University degrees are offered in Associate, Bachelors, Masters, Undergraduate Certificate, and Graduate Certificate levels. Western Kentucky University undergraduate Tuition and Fees is $ 10,202 for in-state students and $ 25,512 for out-state students. The total average tuition for various degree types is as follows.

Degree Type Average Total Tuition
Associate  $ 31,365
Undergraduate Certificate $ 6,949
Bachelors  $ 56,483
Masters $ 24,895
Graduate Certificate $ 10,143

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Programs

The university offers 84 online programs across 15 majors. Some of the Western Kentucky University (WKU) majors are Biology, Nursing, History, Business Management, Engineering, Sociology, Health Science, Criminal Justice and many more. Some of the programs offered by the University are given below. 

Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology  Bachelor of Science in Technical Management
Master of Science in Recreation and Sports Management- Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Concentration Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration
Undergraduate Certificate in Manufacturing and Logistics Graduate Certificate in Biology

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Financial Aid

The university provides financial aid to students who are not able to fund their education due to financial restraints. These are provided in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The Western Kentucky University scholarships and grants are awarded on the basis of the student’s merit, residential status or other sports or cultural achievements which do not have to be paid back whereas the loans have to be paid back after the completion of the course.

  • Federal Aid offered are Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Work-Study and more.

  • State Aid provided are College Access Program, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, Teacher Scholarship Program, Early Childhood Educational Scholarship, and Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship.

  • Military Aid provided by the University are Montgomery Gl Bill-Active Duty, Post 9/11 Gl Bill, Tuition Assistance Program and Montgomery Gl Bill-Selected Reserve.

  • Institutional Aid provided by the university are Cherry Presidential Scholarship, Academic Merit Scholarship, Targeted Cornelius A. Martin Scholarship, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) and Targeted Non-Resident Scholarship. 


Western Kentucky University (WKU) Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

The university is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). There are several programmatic accreditations of which some of them are as follows.

Programmatic Accreditation

  • The programs in Advanced Manufacturing, Architectural Science, and Engineering Technology Management are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

  • The programs in Dental Hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation American Dental Association (CODA)

  • The Western Kentucky University Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

  • The programs in Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation (CSWE)

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Rankings and Reviews

Some of the rankings according to the US News is given below.

  • The university is ranked 34th in 'Best Regional Universities-South'.

  • It ranked 11th in 'Top Public Schools'.

  • WKU is ranked 22nd in 'Best Undergraduate Teaching'.

Following are some of the student reviews which are provided below. 

  • Western Kentucky University offers a wide variety of majors and academic programs, great athletics, a beautiful and clean campus, and a positive environment for learning and engagement.

  • The people at the university are welcoming and the Greek life is astounding.

  • The professors are top-rated in their qualifications, teaching style, and interaction with students. They are supportive of students and willing to go the extra mile for their students.

  • The social atmosphere in the Western Kentucky University (WKU) dorms is great because it gives students more opportunities to meet new people. 


Western Kentucky University (WKU) Campus

  • The university is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The university’s regional campuses are located in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown-Fort Knox.

  • Western Kentucky University (WKU) library provides various services to students such as circulation services, document services, and interlibrary loan, faculty services, distant education library services and more. Students can get an access to several databases, e-journals, A-Z resources, research guides, special collections, and many more. 

  • Western Kentucky University Athletics has an online portal for itself wherein the students can get all the necessary information regarding athletics. Some of the sports played in the university are Football, Basketball, Tennis, Softball, and Golf. The tickets for tournaments can be bought from the university's athletics online portal.

  • The university has several student organizations such as Alpha Kappa Delta, American Sign Language Organization, and many more which keeps the students engaged throughout their academic years. 

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Public
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Headquartered at

Bowling Green, Kentucky

FAFSA/Federal School Code

002002
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Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC
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What is Accreditation in Colleges and Universities?

Programmatic Accreditation

CODA, CAHME, AACSB, ATMAE, CCNE, CEPH, CSWE, ASHA, COAPRT, NCATE

Historically Black College or University

No

Facilities

Military Friendly, Veterans Friendly , Yellow Ribbon Program, Financial Aid

Branches

Owensboro (Kentucky), Glasgow (Kentucky), Ft. Knox (Kentucky), Elizabethtown (Kentucky)

Data Source: https://www.wku.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Statistics

Key Statistics
Acceptance Rate 94 %
Student Faculty Ratio 18: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 73 % Part Time: 31 %
Total Population 20,271
Student Population Full Time: 14,161 Part Time: 6,110
Gender Division Male: 41 % Female: 59 %
Admission Statistics Male Female
Total Applicants - 9,693 3,870 5,823
Total Applicants Admitted - 9,113 3,560 5,553
Applicants Enrolled - 3,192 1,319 1,873
Full time Applicants Enrolled - 3,131 1,297 1,834
Part Time Applicants Enrolled - 61 22 39

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 39 %

The College Monk

Female: 49 %

Total Graduation Rate: 45 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Majors and Online Programs

Schools and Colleges in Western Kentucky University (WKU)

College of Health and Human Service

Majors available

Health Science Arts

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Majors available

Education Engineering

Gordon Ford College of Business

Majors available

Business Management

Ogden College of Science & Engineering

Majors available

Safety Public Administration

Potter College of Arts & Letters

Majors available

Literature

Western Kentucky University (WKU) Admissions and Application Requirement

Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $45
Graduate Application Fee $65

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 267
Number of students submitting ACT scores 3,016
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 8%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 95%
SAT Math 505 average 430 - 580 range
SAT Critical Reading 505 average 440 - 570 range
ACT Composite 22 average 19 - 26 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.


Western Kentucky University (WKU) Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,151 Undergraduate Student, U, S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $447 Undergraduate student,Eligible for Federal Pell Grant,Enrolled at least half-time. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,478 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,478 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $5,478 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen, Enrolled at least half-time, Should not have an adverse credit history. June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Aid

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
College Access Program $2,555 Kentucky residents, Enroll at least halftime. Varies
State Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship $2,555 GPA of 3.0 or above, Based on their ACT score. Varies
Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship $2,555 Kentucky resident, Minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher Varies
Teacher Scholarship Program $2,555 Be a Kentucky resident, Demonstrate financial need. May 1st, 2019
Early Childhood Education Scholarship $2,555 Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident, satisfactory academic progress. November 15th, 2019
Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship $2,555 Be U.S. citizen, enrolled at least half‐time in a bachelor's degree program. Varies

Data Source: https://www.wku.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Institutional Aid

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Cherry Presidential Scholarship $16,000 Minimum 31 ACT (1420 SAT), 3.8 of GPA December 1st, 2018
Academic Merit scholarship $6,424 Minimum 25 ACT (1200 SAT), 3.3 of GPA. February 1st, 2019
Targeted Cornelius A.Martin Scholarship $2,500 Minimum 20 ACT (1020 SAT) score, 3.0 of GPA. February 1st, 2019
Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) $2,500 Incoming freshmen with superior academic achievements. Minimum high school GPA of 3.0. ACT 25 or greater. February 1st, 2019
Targeted Non-Resident Scholarship $10,000 Non-Resident students. Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA. Minimum 25 ACT. February 1st, 2019

Data Source: https://www.wku.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military Aid

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty Varies Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $8,879 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Tuition Assistance Program $2,197 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve Varies Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies

Data Source: https://www.wku.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $11,398
$30,001 - $48,000 $14,345
$48,001 - $75,000 $14,523
$75,001 - $110,000 $16,528
Over $110,000 $16,737

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 33% $4,013
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 90% $7,087
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 37% $4,415
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 41% $7,147
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 52% $5,991
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 51% $5,409
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 11,409
Military Aid
Number of students receiving (DOD) tuition assistance: 76
Total tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $191,060
Average tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $2,514
Tuition Policies for Veterans and Military https://www.wku.edu/veteran/
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 406 $8,076
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 365 $8,024
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 41 $8,543

Data Source: https://www.wku.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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