WKU

Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, United States
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  • Total Documents
    232
  • Class Notes
    174
  • Textbook Notes
    10
  • Study Guides
    48
  • Currently Enrolled
    58
  • Previously Enrolled
    103

Overview of Western Kentucky University (WKU)

About this school

Western Kentucky University is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a state Normal School in 1906, it gained university status in 1966. It offers highly-ranked academic programs, along with extracurriculars like forensics and athletics, for students who are serious about their education and who desire leadership development. Programs are offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Ford College of Business; Ogden College of Science, Technology and Health; and Potter College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Its 200-acre main campus and 785-acre university farm are located in Bowling Green, 65 miles north of Nashville.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:17,656
    • Men:7,296 (41.3%)
    • Women:10,360 (58.7%)

Location

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Admission Information (WKU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Western Kentucky University is minimally difficult: most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
5
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1906 College Heights Boulevard
City, State, Zip
Bowling Green, KY  42101
Phone
(270) 745-2551
Fax
(270) 745-6133
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
August 1
Application Fee
$45
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
Minimum ACT composite score of 20 or greater, SAT combined score of 1020 or greater (940 or greater for tests taken prior to March 2016), unweighted high school GPA of 2.50 or higher, or minimum on Composite Admission Index score required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
95% of 9,804 applicants were admitted
Women
96% of 5,955 applicants were admitted
Men
95% of 3,849 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
4,080 (44%) of 9,358 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,305 (40%) of 5,700 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,775 (49%) of 3,658 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.31
375 And Above
26%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
19%
2.00 - 2.49
10%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
530 average |470-580 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
2%
• Score 600 - 700
16%
• Score 500 - 600
51%
• Score 400 - 500
28%
• Score 300 - 400
4%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
547 average |500-600 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
2%
• Score 600 - 700
25%
• Score 500 - 600
48%
• Score 400 - 500
23%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
23 average |19-27 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
10%
• Score 24 - 29
33%
• Score 18 - 23
42%
• Score 12 - 17
15%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (WKU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $10,202|Out-of-state: $25,512
  • Room & Board: - $8,350 (68.92851246491662%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,000 (8.254911672445106%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,764 (22.81657586263827%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Western Kentucky University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002002
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
2,810 (89.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,178 (77.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,139 (98.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
520 (24.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
24%
Average Award
$13,958
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,317 (61.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,272
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,350 (63.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,121
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,858 (86.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
412 (13.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,438

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
10,216 (78.8%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
8,114 (79.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,933 (97.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,864 (23.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
23%
Average Award
$14,550
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,020 (63.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,169
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,442 (68.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,973
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 5,605 (70.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,726 (13.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,561

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
60%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$27,654
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
51.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
21.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Children of Union Members/Company Employees, Ethnic Background, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Religious Affiliation, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,754

Academics & Instruction (WKU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


754

Part-Time Faculty


438

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


49%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 20% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 28% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 27% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 11% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 9% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 5% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 11% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 34% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 44% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
894,431

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
350
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Western Kentucky University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


69.9%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


28.5%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


46.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


50.7%

Programs & Majors (WKU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (91)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Agriculture, General
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Architectural Technology/Technician
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
  • Dance, General
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Information Technology
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, Other
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Photojournalism
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sports Studies
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Communication/journalism, Social sciences, Liberal arts/general studies, Education

Online Degrees


Physics, applied sciences, engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Science, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study (60)


  • Adult Education
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Art Education
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Management of Technology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mathematics
  • Middle School Education
  • Music Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Reading Education
  • Recreation and Park Management
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Student Affairs
  • Writing

Campus Life (WKU)

Location & Geography

Population


61,488

Nearest Metropolitan Area


235 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Nashville

Weather


Temperature
23.2 average low in January, 83.5 average high in September
Rain
130 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
65 mile(s) from campus in Nashville, Tenn.
Nearest Bus Station
Bowling Green
Nearest Train Station
-

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing

Students of College Housing


33% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


67%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Big Red
School Colors
Red and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Western Kentucky University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, campus activities board, campus crusade for christ, campus ministries, residence hall association

Sororities


17.3% of women participate

Fraternities


14% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


12,919

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
17,656
Women
10,360
Men
7,296

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 1.8% Asian
  • 8.8% Black/African-American
  • 3.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 80.9% White
  • 1.3% Unknown

International Students


3.7% from 59 countries

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


2,601

Student Resources (WKU)