Western Kentucky University

1,820 reviews
  1. Bowling Green, KY
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Western Kentucky University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Website

Western Kentucky University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
93%
SAT Range
880-1130
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$11,072/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,933/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,505/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,523/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,942/ year
  • $110k+
    No Data

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.123 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.125 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.124 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,297Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 74 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    51%
  • There is some diversity
    18%
  • Split dynamic. Greeks/ Party-Goers, Academics
    16%
  • Party Party Party
    5%
  • Conservative
    4%
  • Now and then you'll find a diamond in the rough
    3%
  • WHITE AND PRIVILEGED MOSTLY RACIST
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.154 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.185 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 77 responses
Report
  • Home
    26%
  • Charming
    18%
  • Content
    13%
  • Fun
    8%
  • Okay
    8%
  • Awesome
    6%
  • Comforting
    5%

After Western Kentucky University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.85 responses

Reviews

1,820 reviews
  • Excellent
    313
  • Very Good
    676
  • Average
    667
  • Poor
    114
  • Terrible
    50
I would definitely choose WKU again, even in hindsight. The leadership at WKU is very good at making their students feel welcomed, cared for, and even supported in many different ways. There is a big push for "commitment to commencement" at WKU...which indicates the passion and care that the teachers and administration are demonstrating.

I have been involved with the local Baptist Campus Ministry, and it's been a great opportunity for me. From serving in little ways to leading worship for the main event, I've always had a home at the BCM at WKU.

I'm planning to study abroad next Winter, and because WKU is very focused on global learning, I have many opportunities to win scholarships and talk to previous study-abroad students. I've realized that NOT studying abroad tends to be the biggest regret of most college students. If I receive this scholarship, the money will go toward my study abroad to Australia, where I hope to study Economics!
  • College Junior
  • 10 months ago
In the past football season, our team won a Championship title for itself at the Miami Bowl! This placed our team at #25 in the country, which was something we had been waiting for for a while. It was tough after switching football coaches multiple times since I have been here, and I think we found a keeper, Coach Jeff Brohm.

Our sporting patrons, consisting of students, faculty, alumni, and the community, are all full of spirit at our events. Everyone is sure to remember their Red Towel, as this represents the passion we have of playing and attending the sport. The most common sports attended at Western are football and basketball, although our volleyball team is worth mentioning.

Our athletic facility is named the Preston Center, and is a very good and updated place for anyone to go. The only two downfalls I can see about the Preston Center are the location, as it is at the far South-side of campus, and the size. The Preston Center is usually pretty packed, and sometimes the equipment is full.
  • College Junior
  • 11 months ago
Some professors are absolutely wonderful, while others lack passion for their particular topic. At WKU you have a solid combination of professors that will walk you through your college career and cherish your time together (great Letter of Rec writers) or you have those that have a passion elsewhere and are only teaching that course because it was requested of them. You can certainly tell the difference on Day 1 of classes. The best way to avoid this? Talk to fellow students in your major! Look at the reviews for your profs! To make the most out of your college experience, take advantage of finding the professors who truly love their courses!
  • College Junior
  • 9 months ago