Tuition (in-state)
$22,248 ($8,722)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Food sucks everywhere on campus, but aesthetically its a nice campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: They are always adding and updating the buildings. There are a lot of computer labs and libraries.Campus if fairly large, but everything can be walked to within 15 minutes. The hill will keep you in shape, but you can also take a bus all around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus is always well kept with a lot of outdoor space. I always see people outside playing games, sports, or just hanging out. It is easy to find a nice spot to sit and relax or study.

4 College Junior

Facilities: I think it's great that campus is 20,000+ in size yeat it feels like a small town, eeryone knows everyone. Campus life is awesome and there is always something going on.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The dorms could use some updating but campus is constantly growing and improving aesthetically. There is a greath athletic center on campus, the new student center just opened, theres plenty of green space to relax outdoors, and theres always something to do. It's great to see people you know all over campus, and its great to see alumni that are eager to come back year after year for events like homecoming.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 233rd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 256th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 262nd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 411st
    Best Student Centers
  • 911st
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

WKU is constantly adding new buildings or updating old facilities to add even more to the attractiveness and appeal of the University. The current facilities are already great, and although the buildings are a little older, the library and student center still meet the students' needs.

The new projects are even better. All of the residence halls have been remodeled in the past 10 years. The fitness center is new, amazing, and state-of-the-art. Van Meter Hall has reopened, after extensive renovations, and a new science/technology building called Snell Hall recently opened, as well. In terms of athletics, one side of the football stadium was just redone. Plus, they are putting the finishing touches on a new building for the education program. The list goes on and on and on, and there are new projects constantly being added to this list. WKU is really getting better all of the time, with tons of new buildings and awesome facilities and technology, and still at a really reasonable state-school price!

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
200 acres
Student Centers
Downing University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Helm-Cravens Library
Popular Places to Chill
Outside! When the weather is nice, people spend as much time as they can enjoying Western's beautiful campus.
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Yes, on the fourth floor of Downing University Center, there is a huge bowling alley where students can bowl for just a few dollars. The fourth floor also has ping-pong tables, pool tables, a dance floor, and a huge TV.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, there are four really great places to get coffee on campus. DaVinci's is located at the top of the hill in one of the new science buildings and also has sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Java City has two locations: one in the library and one in Downing University Center. And Einstein Brothers is located near the bottom of the hill with excellent muffins and bagels!
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Recycling is all over WKU. Every residence hall has a place where students can recycle their plastic soda bottles, and many have paper recycling, too. Every year, the residence halls have a competition to see who can recycle the most and use the least energy.
School Slang
  • DUC (pronounced "duck"): Downing University Center-the student center in the middle of campus
  • Egypt: Creason parking lot, located across the street from PFT
  • MMTH (pronounced "mammoth"): Mass Media and Technology Hall
  • PFT: Pearce Ford Tower
  • The Valley: Group of three residence halls-Rhodes, Gilbert, and McCormack
Topper Walk: Before the start of every home football game, the band, cheerleaders, dance team, etc. walk down from the top of the hill through the middle of campus to the stadium.
Urban Legends
If you and your significant other kiss at the Kissing Bridge near Cherry Hall, you will get married and live happily ever after.
Favorite Things To Do
Western students love to be outside whenever the weather permits. Campus is gorgeous and provides lots of grassy areas for games of football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, etc., or for studying or just hanging out and chatting outside. Other than that, many students hang out in the lobby of their residence hall or in the rooms of friends.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
College Heights Herald
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Students are encouraged from the moment they step on campus to get involved in organizations and activities. Many students do, and those students are often the most satisfied with their college experience. There are so many choices, from political to sports to religious to Greek. The religious organizations are especially big on Western's campus.
Students are definitely encouraged to start new organizations or clubs if one is not available. The student government offers money to clubs and organizations to help them!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 44% I dont attend events or known any traditions
  • 22% Master Plan
  • 11% Homecoming
  • 11% Greek Week
  • 11% Rush
  • 0% Topper Walk

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 23% Hang out with friends
  • 23% Eat
  • 23% Sit outside
  • 15% Walk
  • 8% Find/do things I was not aware of
  • 8% Frisbee

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 30% Square
  • 30% Fraternity House
  • 20% Dorm Lobby
  • 20% DSU

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 71 responses

  • 8% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 18% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 32% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 41% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 62 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 71% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 23% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Apparently the largest dorm hall is haunted
  • 40% The vanishing Hitchhiker



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