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5 College Sophomore

Academics: You grades are completely up to you, but the majority of professors are more than willing to help you with anything you need as far as understanding material and passing the class with the grade you desire.

2 College Senior

Academics: The amount of work that students are required to do in the education program is over whelming. I am a hard worker but its nearly impossible to get all of the work done. There is so much going on during each semester and the homework makes the class very stressful. It is not very likely that you can work and and be in this program which is very unrealistic because of bills and cost of living. I feel that the program could lesson the homework load or have another day of class because every class is overloaded because there are so many topics to cover. This makes the homework at home sometimes hard to do because you may still have confusion over an assignment. I personally know 2 people that dropped out of our program because of the stress.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics can be challenging at times but if the students pushes through he/she should be fine. There are many ways to get help if a student is struggling from: their professors, classmates, friends familiar with the subject, or study sessions.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The work load can defiantly be hard. Although if you need help their a lot of tutoring centers to help make the best of your classes if your struggling.

3 College Senior

Academics: The athletic administration program is out standing. The professors are extremely knowledgeable on course topics and the material is real world related.

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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

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
769
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
429
Total FT Faculty
771
Faculty with Terminal Degree
70%
Average Faculty Salary
$61,455
Full-Time Retention Rate
71%
Part-Time Retention Rate
29%
Transfer-Out Rate
31%
Graduation Rate
43%
Programs/Majors Offered
139
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 114 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 66 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 65 responses

  • 6% This was my dream school.
  • 75% This was one of my top choices.
  • 18% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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