Western Kentucky University

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School Overview

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18
Overall
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

#
4
south Regional
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

TOP
50
Overall
Out-of-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public
university located in Bowling Green,
Kentucky. While the university has been in existence
since the mid-to-late-1800’s, its official
establishment was in 1906. In 1922,
the school was granted authorization to
begin administering four-year degree
programs.

Colleges and Academic Notoriety

WKU consists of six academic colleges that are
responsible for 80 majors, 70 minors, ten
master’s degrees, and three PhD
programs.  Among these programs,
WKU’s journalism and photojournalism
programs rank as best in
the U.S.  More than 25 of the
photojournalism department’s alumni have
won the Pulitzer Prize.

Online Programs

WKU proctors a significant amount of
programs that are offered completely
online.  Over 50 bachelor’s and
master’s degree programs and certificates
are offered through WKU’s online education
portal.  This availability is
accommodating to students that have busy
work and family schedules.

General Information

Admission
Office

1906 College Heights Boulevard
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-2551
(800) 495-8463
Fax: (270) 745-6133

Contact: Scott Gordon
Director of Admission and Academic
Services
Main
Address

1906 College Heights Boulevard
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111
www.wku.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 16,947
First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 3,307
Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,731

Graduate enrollment: 2,795

Setting
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees
offered:

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses
for Academic Year
2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $6,416 $6,930 $7,200 $7,560 +5.00%
Books and
Supplies
$800 $800 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement –
On Campus
Room and Board $5,694 $5,747 $6,351 $6,543 +3.02%
Other $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $1,687 +5.44%
Living Arrangement –
Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On
Campus
$14,510 $15,077 $16,151 $16,790 +3.96%
In-state Off
Campus
$7,216 $7,730 $8,200 $8,560 +4.39%
In-state with
Family
$7,216 $7,730 $8,200 $8,560 +4.39%
Average Graduate Student
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state
Students
$8,320
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state
Students
$9,220
Out-of-state Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time
Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per
Student
All students
financial aid
3,064 95%
Grant or
scholarship aid
2,861 89% $15,920,509 $5,565
– Federal grants 1,199 37% $4,918,810 $4,102
– Pell grants 1,199 37% $4,189,819 $3,494
– Other federal
grants
897 28% $728,991 $813
State/local
government grant or scholarships
2,500 78% $5,903,935 $2,362
Institutional
grants or scholarships
868 27% $5,097,764 $5,873
Student loan aid 1,681 52% $9,981,388 $5,938
– Federal student
loans
1,677 52% $9,644,531 $5,751
– Other student
loans
55 2% $336,857 $6,125

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most
Recent Year
BA/BS MA/MS DOCTOR AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2695 851 234 138
Agriculture 6
Agricultural Production
Operations
6
Architecture and Related
Services
2
Architectural
Technology/Technician
2
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic,
and Group Studies
10 9
Canadian Studies
Folklore Studies 10
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 1
Women's Studies 8
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 105 23
Biochemistry 6
Biology and Biological
Sciences, General
96 23
Molecular Genetics 3
Business, Administration,
Management, Marketing, etc.
437 37 36 19
Accounting 56 1
Business Administration and
Management
133 26
Business/Commerce 37
Business/Managerial Economics 13
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial
Studies
4
Executive Assistant/Executive
Secretary
10
Finance 50
Financial Planning and Services 17
Hospitality
Administration/Management
48
Information Resources
Management
1
International
Business/Trade/Commerce
2
Management Information Systems 37
Marketing/Marketing Management 93
Real Estate 1
Communication and Journalism
Programs
262 25 7
Advertising 34
Journalism 32
Organizational Communication 53
Photojournalism 22
Public Relations/Image
Management
26 1
Radio and Television 59
Speech Communication and
Rhetoric
36 25 6
Computing and Information
Sciences
53 13 5
Computer and Information
Sciences
19 13
Data Processing and Data
Processing Technology/Technician
5
Information Technology 34
Education 367 226 21 11
Adult and Continuing Education
and Teaching
9
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education 8
College Student Counseling and
Personnel Services
12
Counselor Education/School
Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and
Teaching
21 16 10
Education 1
Educational Administration and
Supervision, Other
33
Educational/Instructional
Technology
2
Elementary and Middle School
Administration/Principalship
2
Elementary Education and
Teaching
200 31
Family and Consumer
Sciences/Home Economics Teacher
Education
31
Health Teacher Education 4
International and Comparative
Education
4
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle
School Education and Teaching
63 6
Music Teacher Education 4
Physical Education Teaching and
Coaching
30 17
Reading Teacher Education 8
Secondary Education and
Teaching
24
Special Education and Teaching 12 63
Teacher Education and
Professional Development, Specific
Levels and Methods, Other
1
Technical Teacher Education 11
Trade and Industrial Teacher
Education
2
Engineering 41
Civil Engineering 15
Electrical and Electronics
Engineering
10
Mechanical Engineering 16
Engineering Technology 58 8
Construction Engineering
Technology/Technician
6
Engineering/Industrial
Management
8
Industrial
Technology/Technician
23
Manufacturing Engineering
Technology/Technician
29
English Language, Composition
and Literature/Letters
61 13
English Language and Literature 38 13
English Language and
Literature/Letters, Other
23
Foreign Languages, Literatures,
and Linguistics
26
French Language and Literature 3
German Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 20
Health Services and Allied
Health Sciences
226 119 95 13
Alternative and Complementary
Medical Support Services, Other
Audiology/Audiologist and
Speech-Language
Pathology/Pathologist
52
Clinical Laboratory
Science/Medical
Technology/Technologist
Communication Sciences and
Disorders
34 10
Community Health and Preventive
Medicine
27
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 15 15
Emergency Medical
Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
2
Environmental Health 7 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 2
Health Information/Medical
Records Technology/Technician
10
Health/Health Care
Administration/Management
25 9
Public Health 29
Registered Nursing/Registered
Nurse
118 29 68
History 69 4 2
History 69 4 2
Human Services 46 119
Public Administration 22
Social Work 46 97
Legal and Law Studies 7
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences,
General Studies and Humanities
266 58 41
General Studies 266 58
Liberal Arts and
Sciences/Liberal Studies
41
Library Science 82
Library and Information Science 82
Mathematics and Statistics 24 6
Mathematics 24 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary
Studies
4 17
Multi-/Interdisciplinary
Studies, Other
4 17
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and
Fitness Studies
80 10
Kinesiology and Exercise
Science
45
Parks, Recreation and Leisure
Facilities Management
26 10
Sport and Fitness
Administration/Management
9
Physical Sciences 65 11 6 2
Chemistry 43 11
Geological and Earth
Sciences/Geosciences, Other
2
Geology and Earth Science 12
Meteorology 6 6
Physics 4
Psychology 94 111
Counseling Psychology 82
Psychology 94 23
School Psychology 6
Social Sciences 265 17 15
Anthropology 16
Applied Economics 7
Economics 14
Geographic Information Science
and Cartography
15
Geography 18 8
Political Science and
Government
49
Social Sciences 36
Sociology 132 2
Visual and Performing Arts 106
Commercial and Advertising Art 1
Dance 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theater
Arts
9
Fine/Studio Arts 55
Music 20
Music, Other 3
Visual and Performing Arts 14
Work and Family Studies 38 19
Apparel and Textiles 38
Child Care Provider/Assistant 19

Above data represent
first majors only.

(-) Indicates that
program is not offered at this award
level.

Admissions Information

Application
Fee

College has an application fee:
Yes
Regular application fee: $40
Online application fee: $40
Enrollment
Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 94%
Open admission, but with selective
admission to some programs
Percent students who return
sophomore year: 72%

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture
& Related Sciences

Agricultural

Production A
Agriculture

– General B

Architecture & Related
Programs

Architectural

Technology B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Arts –
General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater

Arts B
Fine/Studio

Arts B
Music –
General B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biochemistry

B
Biology
B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting

B,C
Business
Administration/Management A,B
Business/Managerial

Economics B
Entrepreneurial

Studies B
Executive

Assistant A
Finance/Banking

B
Financial

Planning C
Hospitality

Administration/Management A,B
Management

Information Systems B
Marketing

Management B
Real
Estate C

Communications & Journalism
Advertising

B
Communications/Rhetoric

B,C
Journalism

B
Organizational

Communication B
Photojournalism

B
Public
Relations B,C
Radio/Television

B

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer/Information

Sciences – General B
Data
Processing Technology A
Information

Technology B

Education
Business
Teacher Education B
Early
Childhood Education A,B
Elementary

Education B
Family/Consumer

Sciences – Education B
Junior
High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool

Education A
Physical
Education B
Special
Education B
Trade/Industrial

Education B

Engineering
Civil
Engineering B
Electrical/Communications

Engineering B
Mechanical

Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Architectural

Drafting A
Construction/Building

Technologies B
Industrial

Technology B
Manufacturing

Technologies A,B

English Language &
Literature

English
Language & Literature –
General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child
Care Service C
Clothing/Apparel/Textile

Studies B

Foreign Language &
Literature

French B
German B
Spanish
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Clinical
Laboratory Science B
Communication

Disorders B
Community

Health/Preventative Medicine B
Dental
Hygiene A,B
Emergency

Medical Technology A
Environmental

Health B
Health
Services – General B
Health
System Administration B
Medical
Records Technology A
Nursing
(RN) A,B

History
History
– General B,C

Law & Legal Studies
Paralegal/Legal

Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General
Studies A,B
Liberal
Arts & Sciences C

Mathematics
Mathematics

– General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise
Sciences B
Parks/Leisure

Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness

Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy

B
Religion/Religious

Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry

B
Geology
B
Meteorology

A,B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology

– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Social
Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology

B
Cartography

B,C
Economics

B
Geography

B
Political

Science/Government B
Social
Sciences – General B
Sociology

B

Degree
levels for each major are
designated by the following
letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee
the accuracy of information on
this page. All information is
subject to change. You should
confirm all information with a
college admissions officer.

Western Kentucky University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(270) 745-0111
Website:www.wku.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.wku.edu/atwku/admissions.php
Address:1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:20,271
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:11,876 (59% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$9,912
Out-of-state Tuition:$24,792
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,087

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Western Kentucky University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Kentucky University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences2111
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies421
Biological and Biomedical Sciences21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services102113
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs691
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services321
Education92915
Engineering3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields331
English Language and Literature/Letters22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences211
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics15
Health Professions and Related Programs13495
History11
Legal Professions and Studies11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Library Science1
Mathematics and Statistics111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies521
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies231
Philosophy and Religious Studies111
Physical Sciences151
Psychology13
Public Administration and Social Service Professions113
Social Sciences2104
Visual and Performing Arts17
Grand total67119449

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Western Kentucky University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services3211
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Education7119
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields211
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Health Professions and Related Programs3312
History1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Library Science1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences12
Grand total247721

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Kentucky University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$9,912
Out-of-state$24,792
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$11,400
Out-of-state$16,320

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,89194%
Grant or scholarship aid2,74890%$7,087
Student loan aid1,58952%$5,991

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,15070%$7,059
Federal student loans7,84045%$6,711

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Kentucky University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Kentucky University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants9,6933,8705,823
Percent admitted100%92%95%
Percent admitted who enrolled33%34%32%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Kentucky University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment20,271
Undergraduate enrollment17,595
Graduate enrollment2,676

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Kentucky University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English as a Second Language International)
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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