#4 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Student Population
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Location Bowling Green, Kentucky
Online wku.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
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Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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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 8,245 prospective students applied, and 8,019 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,714 enrolled in the school.  13,228 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,228 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $10,802 plus fees of $0. WKU is ranked 763 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



WKU is rated within the lower 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 990/1220
ACT 19/27
GPA 3.2
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Apr 1, 2022
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $45

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition
In State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $8,432
Budget for Other Expenses$2,035
Total One Year Cost$22,269
Out of State Resident Tuition
Out of State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $8,432
Budget for Other Expenses$2,035
Total One Year Cost$37,963

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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.

Current students may use the Western Kentucky University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.