|Applicant Competition||Very 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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||500|
|SAT Math 25th||490|
|SAT Composite 25th||990|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||620|
|SAT Math 75th||600|
|SAT Composite 75th||1220|
|Average SAT Score||1110|
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
|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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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||20|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||26|
|ACT Math 75th||28|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||23|
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
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
76% of Western Kentucky University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||33%||35%||34%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Kentucky University is $45.
What are the requirements for admission to Western Kentucky University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
9% of students submit their SAT scores to WKU. 95% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.