Although WKU is not a school known for outstanding academics, the University has a variety of subjects to offer. The most notable program is the School of Journalism and Broadcasting, which has won many awards. Though the other programs aren't as well known, students are in general very satisfied with the quality of education they are receiving. Western students are usually surprised by the thoroughness of the general education requirements upon arrival. WKU requires 44 hours of general education to graduate. Don't let that scare you off, though; most of these classes are pretty easy, and a working knowledge of multiple subject areas is definitely desirable in any job market.
One area that WKU really shines in is professors, with tons of amazing instructors in every discipline. Students are taught by a professor, not a graduate student. There are, of course, some really strict professors, but in general, though, the professors are excited about their subject and their students, and more than willing to help students out if they need it. The class sizes are usually very small, which gives students more chances to interact with other students and the professor. There are tons of opportunities, like research positions and internships in any area of study (some majors and minors even require an internship to graduate), and many professors take students to conferences in their disciplines. The Honors College is also an excellent option. WKU has the first official Honors College in the state, and incoming students in the Honors College are in the top 6 percent of ACT and SAT scores in the nation. Honors classes have even smaller class sizes (average 19) and seek to enhance the learning experience with lots of discussion and hands-on experience. The option to create a thesis at the end of your college career can present you with a challenge and set you apart from the rest of the pack.