Overview

Applicants
9,250
Acceptance Rate
97%
Average HS GPA
3.31

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.1:1
Total Faculty
1,116
with Terminal Degree
673

595
Women
521
Men
151
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
32%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Production Operations, General.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Food Technology and Processing.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural Technology/Technician.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • Financial Planning and Services.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Organizational Leadership.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Photojournalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Support Specialist.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Business Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision.
  • Educational/Instructional Technology.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • Child Care Provider/Assistant.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medical Informatics.
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, Other.

  • MILITARY SCIENCE, LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONAL ART.

  • Army ROTC, Military Science and Operations, Other.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.
  • Gerontology.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • Sports Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Meteorology.
  • Physical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Criminology.
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, Other.


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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Cordell Hull
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Secretary of State under FDR

Julian Goodman
Former president of NBC

John Carpenter
Composer, Producer, and Screenwriter

Terry Wilcut
United States Astronaut

Claire Donahue
Swimmer, Gold Medalist, 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Rick Loomis
Award-winning Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker

Duncan Hines
Restaurant Critic and Entrepreneur

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
32%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,550

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,409

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,796

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,443

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,737

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,602
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$26,496
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,507
Transportation for Commuters
$3,790

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,343
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
17,030
Foreign Countries Represented
51

Demographics

1.60%
Asian
9.13%
African-American
3.44%
Hispanic
78.27%
Caucasian
3.32%
International

59% female
41% male
73% are full time
27% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
81%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Robert Unseld, Jr.

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Extended test time
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
347
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
30

15% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hilltoppers)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Hilltoppers)
9 Sports

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

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
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.

89/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Laura Thornbury
Coordinator of Campus Visits

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

Phone
270-745-2551

Email
laura.thornbury@wku.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Downing Student Union
Preston Health and Activities Center
E.A. Diddle Arena
Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium
Jody Richards Hall (Mass Media and Technology)
Please visit http://www.wku.edu/tour/ for further information and a virtual tour of the university.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mammoth Cave National Park
Bowling Green Ballpark - Home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods
National Corvette Museum
Lost River Cave and Valley
Beech Bend Amusement Park and Raceway
Bowling Green is the third 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
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, Hyatt Place.


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