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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Overview

Student Population
19,456
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
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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 9,250 prospective students applied, and 8,992 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,934 enrolled in the school.  13,228 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,228 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $10,512 plus fees of $0. WKU is ranked 765 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

5/10
Overall
6/10
Academics
4/10
Resources
4/10
Outcomes

WKU is rated within the lower 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Western Kentucky University within the 2020 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Admission Standards
Average
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SAT 980/1190
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.2
Applications Accepted
97.2% 
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Applications Due Apr 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Very Low

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition
$10,512
In State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $8,343
Budget for Other Expenses$1,985
Total One Year Cost$21,840
Out of State Resident Tuition
$26,280
Out of State Costs for Western Kentucky University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $8,343
Budget for Other Expenses$1,985
Total One Year Cost$37,608

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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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