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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Overview

Student Population
17,517
Western Kentucky University overview
Location Bowling Green, Kentucky
Online wku.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Western Kentucky University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Western Kentucky University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 8,574 prospective students applied, and 8,381 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,117 enrolled in the school.  12,578 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 4,939 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2020/2021, excluding room and board, is $10,802 plus fees of $0. WKU is ranked 718 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2022 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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Ratings

4/10
Overall
5/10
Academics
4/10
Resources
4/10
Outcomes
3/10
Value

WKU is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Western Kentucky University within the 2022 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Moderate
Western Kentucky University overview
SAT 980/1180
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.42
Applications Accepted
97.7% 
Western Kentucky University overview
Applications Due Apr 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $45

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition
$10,802
In State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,044
Budget for Other Expenses$2,086
Total One Year Cost$23,932
Out of State Resident Tuition
$26,496
Out of State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,044
Budget for Other Expenses$2,086
Total One Year Cost$39,626

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$37,100 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
50% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Western Kentucky University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 16%
Education 12%
Health Professions 11%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 10%
Social Sciences 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157951 IPEDS survey data for Western Kentucky University.

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