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WKU Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Western Kentucky University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
95.5%
Admission Difficulty for Western Kentucky University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into WKU and can I get accepted? The school has a 95% acceptance rate. Last year, 9,358 out of 9,804 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent. Western Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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WKU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1050-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT
7%
SAT Scores for Western Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for Western Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1150

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

Western Kentucky University typically requires applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 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 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1250 and Above Good >97%
1150 to 1250 Avg + 95%-97%
1050 to 1150 Avg - 92%-95%
950 to 1050 Reach 87%-92%
Less than 950 Low <87%
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WKU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
96%
ACT Scores for Western Kentucky University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 19
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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 96 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Kentucky University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Kentucky University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >97%
23 to 27 Avg + 95%-97%
19 to 23 Avg - 92%-95%
15 to 19 Reach 87%-92%
Less than 15 Low <87%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.2
Typical High School Grades
B

You will need about average high school grades to get into Western Kentucky University. 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. If your high school grades are above the average 3.2 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as WKU accepts 95% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Kentucky University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

Western Kentucky University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,955 3,849 9,804
Accepted 5,700 3,658 9,358
Acceptance Rate 96% 95% 95%
Enrolled 1,832 1,284 3,116
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 35% 33%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
9

Applicants have 9 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Kentucky University and what considerations affect 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.