Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000

School Details

Western Kentucky University is a public university that is located on a 200-acre suburban campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. WKU’s main campus is located on the highest point in south-central Kentucky, and satellite campuses are operated in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Elizabethtown/Fort Knox and Owensboro. The interior of Western Kentucky University’s main campus, known as Centennial Mall, is a park-like atmosphere that consists of green spaces, trees and central landscaping. Western Kentucky University was established in 1906 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, although its roots go back a quarter-century earlier. WKU was originally established as one the states two original teacher training institutes, also known as normal schools. The original name of WKU was the Western Kentucky State Normal School.

Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A large number of Western Kentucky University’s individual programs also maintain programmatic accreditation. Western Kentucky’s mission “prepares students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society” and the institution focuses on “research, service, and lifelong learning opportunities”.

Today, more than 21,000 students are enrolled at WKU, and the school offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificate programs. WKU has five undergraduate colleges which include:

  • The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • The Gordon Ford College of Business
  • The Ogden College of Science and Engineering
  • The Potter College of Arts and Letters, University College
  • The College of Health and Human Services

The most popular majors at WKU are business, education, liberal arts and sciences, communication and social sciences. The student-to-faculty ratio at WKU is 19:1 and approximately 46 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. About 90 percent of all students who apply are accepted at Western Kentucky University.WKU has the second largest undergraduate population in the state of Kentucky. Prospective first-time applicants must meet one of four requirements prior to acceptance:

  • 20 or higher ACT composite score
  • 940 or higher SAT math plus critical reading score
  • 2.50 or higher unweighted high school GPA
  • Meet the required Composite Admission Index score

International students must meet added criteria, such as proof of English language proficiency and proof of financial support.

In addition to on-campus coursework, Western Kentucky University has an online program that gives students the option of taking individual courses, or earning their degree entirely online. WKU’s online program offers 1,000 web courses each year, and over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs can be earned entirely online. Students can complete all of their general education requirements online. Advantages of participating in the online learning program are that courses are flexible and allow students to balance school with other responsibilities. All students receive in-state tuition, and on-demand courses are available and allow students to start at any time.

Students at Western Kentucky University may qualify for a wide array of financial aid assistance, including grants, loans, scholarships and student employment. Grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and College Access Program state grants. University scholarship programs include merit-based awards, the Tuition Incentive Program, departmental and alumni awards. Furthermore, students may access the Federal Perkins Loan, Graduate PLUS Loan, or the Parent PLUS Loan. In addition, Western Kentucky University has been designated as a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School and supports tuition assistance programs offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for eligible students.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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