Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green

Bowling Green, KY

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Western Kentucky University offers 609-degree programs and 183 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 93%. The most popular test is SAT - 7% of students submitted it in comparison to 94% of students who submitted ACT. 41.5% are women, and 58.5% are men. 7% percents of international students. Western Kentucky University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Western Kentucky University is 11112$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $11974 and $19144 per year. 44% of full-time Western Kentucky University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $33,800, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Western Kentucky University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Western Kentucky University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$10,933
$30,001 - $48,000$14,505
$48,001 - $75,000$15,523
$75,001 - $110,000$15,942

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores


    Neither required nor recommended:

    • Secondary school rank
    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 4268

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    12905 of Western Kentucky University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 74 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Western Kentucky University number 3 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Kentucky.

    Students at Western Kentucky University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
    $0 - $30,000
    $30,001 - $48,000
    $48,001 - $75,000
    $75,001 - $110,000

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Prepaid tuition plan

    Tuition payment plan

    Prepaid tuition plan - a program that allows students or their families to purchase college tuition or tuition credits for future years, at current prices.

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Western Kentucky University.


    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for football
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Western Kentucky University graduation rate is below the national average.

    44% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Western Kentucky University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    3 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Admission test scores


      Neither required nor recommended:

      • Secondary school rank
      • Recommendations
      • Formal demonstration of competencies
      • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Western Kentucky University acceptance rate is above national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 71%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 22%.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Western Kentucky University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 26%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Western Kentucky University full-time retention rate is 72% and part-time retention rate is 33%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Western Kentucky University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      870 - 1150

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 430 - 580
      Math: 440 - 570
      Writing: 0 - 0

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Western Kentucky University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      19 - 26

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 18 - 26
      Math: 19 - 27
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Western Kentucky University is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Western Kentucky University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Western Kentucky University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Kentucky.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Western Kentucky University - Main Campus

      The campus located by 1906 College Heights Blvd #11001 address in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


      Western Kentucky University - Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Western Kentucky University with 0.35% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Western Kentucky University - Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and forcible sex offense.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Western Kentucky University offers 609 programs in total: 285 are for Bachelor's degree, 135 - for Master's degree, 69 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, 66 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 45 - for Associate's degree, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

      This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 112 universities in Kentucky state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree and Postbaccalaureate certificate programs offered. Western Kentucky University is one of the few institutions in Kentucky that offers an Associate's degree program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 183 distance learning programs that are provided in the Western Kentucky University: 66 are for Master's degree, 48 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 27 - for Bachelor's degree, 24 - for Associate's degree and 18 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Kentucky state average data to help you compare.


      Western Kentucky University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 14527 students with 435816 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1704 with 40903 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 246 students.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Western Kentucky University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      Not many places to study at all is my main concern. The older dorms are very gross with small roaches that is not addressed. Clean campus overall and pleased for the most part with my stay

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      My sister comes here. She always talks about how her classes give her a nice challenge and how she's respected. This is definitely going to be my future collage. It's not too far away from home so that's good

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      I went on a tour on October 26 2017 and I loved it!! The staff and students was very friendly. The campus was really safe and the security measures are very thurough

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      The convenience of a WKU campus being close to home was the best part of this school. As far as the program I was in I did not enjoy it what so ever. The program didn't require critical thinking or much application of the concepts self taught from the textbooks. My ADA was violated 2 semesters in a row by the same teacher and the disabilities office declined to look into it because it didn't affect my letter grade when final grades were posted. The career prep services are mediocre at best and they are of no assistance once you graduate. The accommodations put in place for taking test for ADHD at the Owensboro campus are absolutely awful. I was put in a room a little bigger then my closet with 5 other students to take exams. I declined to use that service after the first time because of how distracting the environment was in that small space. There is no campus feel here and no organizations you can join since it's not at main campus. The financial aid department wasn't helpful while I was there or even once I graduated when I had questions about the loans I received, while at WKU. The class sizes are super small which was enjoyable. There's little flexibility to class times if you're in your major and that can cause some problems if you are employed full time. I personally did not feel prepared to go out as a professional once I graduated from WKU. I got the degree with no problem straight A's actually, but I don't think I learned as much as I should have. I did not enjoy my time at this school.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      My years on The Hill were some of the best of my life. I received a great education and am proud to call myself an alumni.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +2707450111

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address: wku.edu

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