Chances of getting into Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
97.2%
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 97% acceptance rate ranking it #27 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,992 out of 9,250 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 56 percent. Western Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 33% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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WKU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
980-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
9%
SAT Scores for Western Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Western Kentucky University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1090

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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 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 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 1090 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Kentucky University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >98%
1085 to 1190 Avg + 97%-98%
980 to 1085 Avg - 95%-97%
875 to 980 Reach 92%-95%
Less than 875 Low <92%
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WKU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
95%
ACT Scores for Western Kentucky University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Western Kentucky University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 26
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 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 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.

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%
20 to 23 Avg - 95%-97%
17 to 20 Reach 93%-95%
Less than 17 Low <93%
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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. 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.

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Admission Statistics

Western Kentucky University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,739 3,511 9,250
Accepted 5,609 3,383 8,992
Acceptance Rate 98% 96% 97%
Enrolled 1,752 1,182 2,934
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 35% 33%

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1190. 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 20 and 27. 95% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.