Western Kentucky University

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1906 College Heights Boulevard

Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576

Phone: (270) 745-0111
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#30 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Western Kentucky University is a public institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,101, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 235 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Western Kentucky University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 30. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,722 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,248 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

This is an exciting time at Western Kentucky University as we become a leading American university with international reach. We are undergoing a physical, intellectual, cultural, attitudinal, academic, social and economic transformation toward becoming a nationally prominent university. As a result, WKU has become a university of choice for many students, faculty and staff. WKU possesses programs of national prominence in journalism and broadcasting, engineering, and forensics. Our alumni express a high level of satisfaction with the overall quality of their education and members of the Western Family share a spirit that is unique among institutions in American higher education.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1906
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $15,431,649


When applying to Western Kentucky University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Western Kentucky University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 92.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 92.3%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Western Kentucky University is 19:1, and the school has 44.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Western Kentucky University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Education 11%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Social Sciences 9%

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Student Life

Western Kentucky University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,101, with a gender distribution of 42.5 percent male students and 57.5 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus. Western Kentucky University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 21,110
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Western Kentucky University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Western Kentucky University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Western Kentucky University, 47 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Western Kentucky University.

Students who have cars on campus 47%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Western Kentucky University, 66.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,718.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,722 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,248 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,016 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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