Overview

Applicants
8,462
Acceptance Rate
93%
Average HS GPA
3.26

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 560
SAT Math
440 - 570
ACT Composite
19 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.7:1
Total Faculty
1,195
with Terminal Degree
685

624
Women
571
Men
175
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Claire Donahue
Swimmer, Gold Medalist, 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Julian Goodman
Former president of NBC

Marnel Morman
First Black man to be elected to KEA

Terry Wilcut
United States Astronaut

Frank Etscorn
Inventor of the nicotine patch

Cordell Hull
Founder of the United Nations

Duncan Hines
Restaurant critic and founder of cake mix

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,987

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,703

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,819

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,646

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,061

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,140
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$23,352
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,990
Transportation for Commuters
$4,230

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
17,452
Out of State

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
50

Demographics

1.09%
Asian
10.42%
African-American
2.83%
Hispanic
82.01%
Caucasian
7.27%
International

57% female
43% male
76% are full time
24% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Best Expectations

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Matt Davis, Coordinator

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation or Completed Student Disability Verification Form (providing by SDS)

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational evaluation or Completed Student Verification Form by a licensed professional. Documentation must be no more than two pages.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
256
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
17

12% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Hilltoppers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Hilltoppers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.wku.edu/safezone/

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Tennessee State University

Sustainability

WKU’s commitment to sustainability has grown stronger with the adoption of a resolution to include sustainability in the education curriculum, and the Board of Regents’ approval of the "Challenging the Spirit" Action Plan for 2012–2018, which includes responsible stewardship of natural resources and specifically enhancement of sustainability in campus operations and services. The Sustainability Coordinator works with students to conduct a biannual greenhouse gas emissions inventory for energy use and other elements of the campus carbon footprint. One hundred percent of buildings have undergone an energy-related retrofit in the past three years. Ninety percent of cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal-certified. Ninety percent of the campus grounds are maintained organically. At WKU, students are driving the university’s commitment to green towards 100 percent, with student organizations leading such projects as a bike lending library, student garden, and move-out “Lighten Your Load” donations to charities. In 2013 WKU earned Bicycle Friend Campus certification from the American League of Cyclists. Students can access real-time energy use for residence halls on-line and annually compete in the “Reduce Your Use” energy reduction campaign. Engineering students designed and installed a bio-fuel facility that converts cooking oil waste to biofuel used in the university’s farm equipment. Faculty, students, and staff collaborated to create an energy policy that guides purchasing, building operations, transportation, and personal energy use on campus. The WKU “conservation vacation,” during which all energy draws are shut down, has become a tradition for extended breaks and has saved more than 3.5 million kilowatt hours over winter breaks since 2008. Moreover, a solar thermal array was installed to heat the pool in the Health and Activities Center. In 2013 WKU earned LEED Silver on the Fine Arts Center Music Recital Hall, and has committed to incorporating green building attributes for all new construction.

Green Rating
88
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
162

Average Number of PC's per Lab
19

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Finley Woodard
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576

Phone
270-745-2551

Email
admission@wku.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Downing University Center
Preston Health and Activities Center
E.A. Diddle Arena and L.T. Smith Stadium
Mass Media and Technology Hall
Guthrie Tower
Please visit http://www.wku.edu/tour/ for further information and an virtual tour of the university.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mammoth Cave National Park
Barren River State Park
National Corvette Museum
Lost River Cave and Valley
Kentucky Repertory Theatre
Bowling Green is the fifth largest city in the state and offers a wide selection of shopping, recreation, and restaurants. Please visit http://www.wku.edu/about/aboutbg/index.php for more information.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri and Selected Saturdays
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
270-745-2551

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday thru Friday and selected Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Subject to availability during fall/spring

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee is 1 hour, 15 minutes from campus. Airport shuttle is available as well as limousine, car rental and taxi services. There is also a Greyhound bus line in Bowling Green.

Driving Instructions to Campus
1. Take Exit 26 off of Interstate 65. 2. Turn toward Bowling Green onto Cemetery Road. 3. Continue straight for three miles. Cemetery Road becomes Fairview Avenue. Continue going straight across 31-W Bypass. You will pass a fire station on your left. After passing the fire station, turn left at the third traffic light onto College Street (this is a one-way street). 4. Stay on College Street through downtown Bowling Green and continue until you reach the top of the hill. College Street will dead-end at 15th street at a statue of Henry Hardin Cherry. Turn right onto 15th Street. 5. 15th Street will turn into Big Red Way. The Welcome Center in the Kentucky Building will be on your right. *Please remember to place parking permit on the driver's side dash of your car.

Local Accommodations
These hotels will offer a reduced rate if traveling to Bowling Green for business with Western Kentucky University. Baymont Inn and Suites, Days Inn, Best Western, Drury Inn, Country Hearth Inn, Fairfield Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Microtel Inn, University Plaza Hotel, Holiday Inn.
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Key Stats

8,462
Applicants
17,452
Size
93%
Acceptance Rate
1000
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists