Bowling Green, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$22,248 ($8,722)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Junior

Academics: The teachers are great, the job opportunities are good, the work is difficult, and it is easy to join. I love the program.

5 College Senior

Academics: I enjoy my field the most because we strive for social justice, human rights, and human needs. We are working to make the world a better place.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My school has a great Health Care Administration program.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the professors are really nice and are willing to help if a student has trouble. The registration process is somewhat convenient, although there are occasional problems. Overall the academics are good.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: very unique & different kinds of programs,


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 102nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 187th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 293rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 368th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 407th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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. 

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 41%
  • 20 to 49 students: 53%
  • 50 or more students: 6%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Gordon Ford College of Business
  • Honors College
  • Ogden College of Science & Engineering
  • Potter College of Arts & Letters
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • General Studies: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Online courses are generally available in any area where it is practical. Chemistry classes online wouldn't work so well, but writing, psychology, business, art appreciation, and family studies work just fine and are generally easy to use. They involve things such as discussion board postings and recorded lectures that are viewable on a computer. Professors are available through e-mail or during office hours just like a normal class. However, most people still prefer the structure and interaction of a face-to-face class.
Best Places to Study
  • Library, floors five through nine
  • Outside!
  • Third floor of Downing University Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't spread yourself too thin. Getting involved is great, but you need to be able to say "no" to things and prioritize so your life doesn't get too crazy.
  • Get involved. College will be so much more fun if you are doing lots of things. Play intramural sports, join a club or professional organization, audition for a play. Whatever you are into, there is probably a club or organization here that you can join, and you will definitely be glad you did.
  • Learn time management! You are in control of all of your time now, and you are the one who has to make sure that you get everything done. There is no one there to tell you to be home at a certain time, or to wake you up in the morning and make you go to school. You have to be responsible for yourself and make sure that you aren't just playing around.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 58 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 58 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 38% John Carpenter - film director
  • 23% Kenny Perry - professional golfer
  • 15% Duncan Hines - food critic and cookbook author
  • 15% Michael Rosenbaum - actor
  • 8% Gary Ransdell
  • 0% Matt Long - actor


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