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Chances of getting into Western Kentucky University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
97.3%
Admission Difficulty for Western Kentucky University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into WKU and can I get accepted? The school has a 97% acceptance rate ranking it #29 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,019 out of 8,245 applicants were admitted making Western Kentucky University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent. Western Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Western Kentucky University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WKU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
990-1220
Applicants Submitting SAT
9%
SAT Scores for Western Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for Western Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1220
Average SAT Score 1110

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Kentucky University?

Western Kentucky University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 9 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1220 and Above Good >98%
1105 to 1220 Avg + 97%-98%
990 to 1105 Avg - 95%-97%
875 to 990 Reach 92%-95%
Less than 875 Low <92%
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WKU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
95%
ACT Scores for Western Kentucky University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Western Kentucky University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into WKU?

Admission data indicates that WKU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 95 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Kentucky University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Kentucky University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >98%
23 to 27 Avg + 97%-98%
19 to 23 Avg - 95%-97%
15 to 19 Reach 92%-95%
Less than 15 Low <92%
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WKU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.2
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Western Kentucky University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into WKU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Kentucky University was 3.2 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #21 in Kentucky for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.2 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as WKU accepts 97% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Kentucky University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 22% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 13% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 22% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 12% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

76% of Western Kentucky University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Western Kentucky University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 76%
Bottom 50% of class 24%
Bottom 25% of class 7%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Kentucky University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,255 2,990 8,245
Accepted 5,141 2,878 8,019
Acceptance Rate 98% 96% 97%
Enrolled 1,694 1,020 2,714
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 33% 35% 34%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Kentucky University is $45.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Kentucky University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Western Kentucky University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Western Kentucky University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Western Kentucky University prefer SAT or ACT?

9% of students submit their SAT scores to WKU. 95% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Western Kentucky University?

97% of those who apply are granted admission to WKU. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Western Kentucky University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1220. 9% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Western Kentucky University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 27. 95% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.