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Western Kentucky University Overview

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Western Kentucky University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Bowling Green makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Western Kentucky University Known For?

3,695 Undergraduate Awards
$28,866 Avg Cost After Aid
95% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at WKU.
  • In 2017-2018, 65% of the faculty were full-time.

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Western Kentucky University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WKU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#65 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#177 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#304 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WKU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Recreation Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Recreation Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Health & Physical Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Recreation Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value General Biology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Most Popular Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Western Kentucky University?

Location of Western Kentucky University

Contact details for WKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
Phone: 270-745-0111
Website: www.wku.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WKUNews
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wkunews

How Do I Get Into WKU?

You can apply to WKU online at: www.wku.edu/atwku/admissions.php

Admission Requirements for WKU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into WKU?

95% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 95%, WKU is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to WKU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 470 to 580 )
200
800
WKU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 28. Composite scores were between 19 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 17 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 19 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 19 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Western Kentucky University?

$28,866 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
9.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WKU is $28,866. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WKU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $5,901 a year. That adds up to $23,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WKU is 9.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Western Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,815 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,895 undergraduate students at WKU, with 11,815 being full-time and 4,080 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WKU

There are also 2,276 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,815 full-time undergraduates at WKU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WKU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Kentucky University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WKU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 253
Black or African American 1,051
Hispanic or Latino 454
White 9,263
International Students 296
Other Races/Ethnicities 498

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at Western Kentucky University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 86 countries are represented at WKU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and India.

Online Learning at Western Kentucky University

3,575 Took All Classes Online
8,481 Took At Least One Class Online
6.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 15 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at WKU. In 2017-2018, 8,481 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WKU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WKU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Kentucky University was 6.2%. This is the #1,589 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WKU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WKU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 25%
Business Administration & Management 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 25%
Communication Sciences 5%
Criminology 11%
Dental Support Services 9%
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 94%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 26%
Food Science Technology 67%
General Education 50%
Health Professions 6%
History 7%
History 7%
Human Development & Family Studies 38%
Instructional Media Design 29%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 42%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 25%
Nursing 6%
Other Business, Management & Marketing 54%
Psychology 5%
Public Health 4%
Quality Control Technology 50%
Social Sciences 9%
Sociology 32%
Special Education 19%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WKU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WKU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Community Organization & Advocacy #4
Recreation Administration #7
Area Studies #8
Quality Control Technology #10
Industrial Production Technology #14
Communication Sciences #14
Ethnic Studies #18
General Biology #20
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #23
Criminology #25
Public Relations & Advertising #25
Library & Information Science #29
Engineering-Related Fields #36
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #37
Sociology #38
Library Science #39
Student Counseling #40
History #45
History #45
Management Information Systems #50
Allied Health Professions #65
Public Health #67
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #82
Human Development & Family Studies #83
Business Support & Assistant Services #84
Instructional Media Design #93
Curriculum & Instruction #95
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #103
Engineering Technologies #103
Communication & Journalism #104
Computer Information Systems #117
Special Education #134
Social Sciences #140
Teacher Education Subject Specific #140
Public Administration & Social Service #147
Teacher Education Grade Specific #187
Health & Medical Administrative Services #223
Computer & Information Sciences #266
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #340
Liberal Arts General Studies #340
Education #445

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Kentucky University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 58 10 233 23 154 0 478
Nursing 0 105 190 12 16 24 347
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 70 239 0 0 0 309
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 3 131 7 49 0 190
General Psychology 0 0 149 0 14 0 163
Health & Physical Education 0 0 106 20 0 0 126
Social Work 0 0 73 0 49 0 122
General Biology 0 0 102 1 15 0 118
General Agriculture 0 0 94 0 20 0 114
Recreation Administration 0 0 30 18 66 0 114
Health & Medical Administrative Services 19 3 67 0 19 0 108
Communication Sciences 0 0 36 0 71 0 107
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 77 0 28 0 0 0 105
Accounting 0 0 64 0 26 0 90
Marketing 0 0 90 0 0 0 90
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 86 3 0 0 89
Computer Information Systems 0 0 79 0 7 0 86
Industrial Production Technology 48 0 33 0 0 0 81
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 5 45 0 30 0 80
Journalism 0 0 76 0 0 0 76
Public Health 20 0 21 9 23 0 73
Finance & Financial Management 20 0 52 0 0 0 72
Criminology 0 0 62 0 1 0 63
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 60 0 0 0 60
Economics 0 0 45 6 8 0 59
Special Education 0 0 33 1 20 0 54
General English Literature 0 0 43 0 10 0 53
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 50 0 0 0 50
Sociology 0 0 46 0 4 0 50
Hospitality Management 0 0 46 0 0 0 46
History 0 0 39 0 4 0 43
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 35 0 7 0 42
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 40 0 0 0 40
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 39 0 0 0 39
Political Science & Government 0 0 38 0 0 0 38
Civil Engineering 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Chemistry 0 0 28 0 9 0 37
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 31 5 36
Dental Support Services 0 6 28 0 0 0 34
Music 0 0 34 0 0 0 34
Romance Languages 0 0 33 0 0 0 33
Mathematics 0 0 20 0 13 0 33
Geography & Cartography 10 0 9 4 10 0 33
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 31 31
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 6 0 23 0 0 0 29
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 26 0 0 0 26
Human Development & Family Studies 18 0 0 2 6 0 26
Management Information Systems 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
Anthropology 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Geological & Earth Sciences 15 0 5 0 0 0 20
International Relations & National Security 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Student Counseling 0 0 0 5 14 0 19
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 18 0 0 18
International Business 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Electrical Engineering 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Ethnic Studies 1 0 4 7 5 0 17
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Legal Support Services 0 2 14 0 0 0 16
General Social Sciences 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Other Business, Management & Marketing 8 0 0 5 0 0 13
Educational Administration 1 0 0 0 0 12 13
East Asian Languages 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Human Resource Management 11 0 0 0 0 0 11
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 9 0 9
Dance 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
English Literature (Other) 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Religious Studies 0 0 7 0 1 0 8
Instructional Media Design 4 0 0 0 3 0 7
Medical Illustration & Informatics 7 0 0 0 0 0 7
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Physics 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Agricultural Production 0 4 0 0 0 0 4
General Education 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
General Physical Sciences 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Food Science Technology 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Area Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Mental & Social Health Services 1 0 0 2 0 0 3
Information Science 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Quality Control Technology 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Germanic Languages 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Statistics 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Gerontology 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Housing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 329 208 3,158 153 762 72 4,682

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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