17,656
Students
Financial aid thermometer
14,550
Avg. Financial Aid
Minimal
Admission Difficulty
95
95%
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
Suburban
Setting
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Overview

Western Kentucky University is a Comprehensive institution located in Bowling Green, KY, in a suburban setting.

Location & Contact

Address 1906 College Heights Boulevard
Bowling Green, KY  42101
United States
Contact Phone: 270-745-0111

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Management Information Systems Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Communication Sciences And Disorders Checkmark
Community Health And Preventive Medicine Checkmark
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Environmental Health Checkmark
Health Information/medical Records Administration Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Reserve Officer Training Corps (Jrotc, Rotc) Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

9,804
Applied
9,358
Accepted
17,656
Enrolled
95%
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Female Admissions

5,955
Females Applied
5,700
Females Accepted
96%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

3,849
Males Applied
3,658
Males Accepted
95%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

45
Application Fee
3.31
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Other requirements: 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

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 547 500 600
SAT Math 530 470 580
ACT Composite 23 19 27

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

10,602
In-state
26,496
Out-of-state
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Fees

8,343
Room & board
4,768
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

14,550
Avg. Financial Aid Package
13,958
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
11,641
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
3,864
Avg. Loan Aid
6,561
Avg. Grant Aid
5,169
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
23%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
23%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

17,656
Total undergrad students
4%
International Students
21%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 3.36%
Black or African American 8.45%
White or Caucasian 77.93%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.27%
Asian 1.69%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.14%
Two or more races 3.28%
Other 1.21%

Gender

Male (41.32%)
Female (58.68%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 33%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Big Red's Roar (homecoming pep rally), CAB-OOM Spring Festival and Football Tailgating

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Campus Crusade for Christ, Campus Ministries and Residence Hall Association

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
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Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark Division 1A Checkmark
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Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark

Faculty

1,192
Total Faculty
18:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 754
Part-time - 438
Male - 563
Female - 629