Western Kentucky University


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Western Kentucky University

In-state Tuition

$5,860 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$14,400 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

August 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Kentucky Library Collections (Robert Penn Warren Collection, Genealogy collection, illustrative materials, Julia Neal Collection of Utopian Material), contemporary music genres collection, Educational Resources Center and collections (audiovisual curriulum materials, curriculum guides, educational methodology references, educational software, juvenile collection, K-12 textbooks and materials, KERA information center), Foundation Center Cooperating Collections — Funding information centers, Government documents and law collections, Kentucky Museum Collections (archaeological, glassware and ceramics, art, political memorabilia, clothing and textiles, quilts, furniture, and toys and games)

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 1,681,876 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 3,912 current serial subscriptions.
  • 2,020,100 microforms.
  • 19,805 Audio/Visual items.
  • 500 e-books.

Museums & Art

Kentucky Museum, University Farm, Hardin Planetarium, Mass Media and Technology Hall, Engineering, Augenstein Alumni Center



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Mac OSX

Campus Resources

  • 1,350 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 3,000 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance


reading, math, writing, study skills, other


minority student, career, military, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control


co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 32% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 17% of housing units are Singles.
  • 77% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 6% of housing units are Triples.
  • In total, there are 15 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 60% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Homecoming, Step Show, Concerts, Comedians, Hot Topics, Cultural Enhancement Series, Passport to Wellness, Mainstage Theatre
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 251 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Kappa Delta, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Alpha Psi, Delta Phi Alpha (German), Eta Sigma Delta (Hospitality Association), Eta Sigma Gamma (Public Health), Gamma Beta Phi, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Golden Key, Honors Club, Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism), Lambda Alpha (Anthropology), Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, National Residence Hall Honorary, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega (Greek), Phi Alpha Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta (History), Phi Delta Phi (French), Phi Kappa Phi (Scholarship), Phi Sigma Pi (National Honory Fraternity), Phi Upsilon Omicron, Pi Mu Epsilon, Pi Sigma Alpha (Government), Psi Chi (Psychology), Scabbard & Blade, Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics), Sigma Tau Delta (English), Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing), Tri Beta (Biological Honor Society), Upsilon Pi Epsilon
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Alpha Omega, Bahai Club, Baptist Student Union, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Newman Center, Chi Alpha, Christian Student Fellowship, Church of Christ Student Center, Collegiate Christian LIfe at WKU, Disciples on Campus (DOC), Episcopal Student Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hilltoppers for Christ, Hillvue Heights University Ministry, Jewish Student Organization, Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Living Hope College Ministry, Order of Eastern Star, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Sons of Solomon, Student Fellowship of Old Time Baptists, The Rock, Wesley Foundation (Methodist)
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Black Men of Western, Black Student Alliance, Chinese Students & Scholars Assoc. , International Club, Latin-American Student Association, N. A. A. C. P. , Taiwanese Student Association, Western’s Korean Student Association, National Society for Black Engineers, National Association of Black Journalists/Minority Communicators
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) General Interest: Amazing Tones of Joy, American Humanics, Art Guild, Beta Gamma Sigma, Campus Scouts, Ceramics Club, Chess Club, College Republicans, Collegiate 4-H, Ducks Unlimited, Egalite, Feminist Activism Network, Government & Politics Society, Green Party of WKU, Green River Grotto (Caving Club), The Harlequins, Interorganizational Council, Non-Traditional Student Organization, Odyssey of the Mind, Phi Beta Paydirt, The Print Club, Psi Chi (Psychology), Rising Sun Otaku, Rock for Life, Sister 2 Sister, Students in Free Enterprise, Sydnor Ranger Club of WKU, The Outlet Alliance, Topperwell, Tri-X Photo Club, University Band Council, Western Cinema Club, Western Students for Choice, WKU Cancer Support Club, WKU Dance Team, WKU Film Club, WKU Gamers Guild, WKU LInux Club, WKU Mock Trial Club, WKU Sociology Club, WKU Speculative Fiction Society, WKU Storm Team, WKU Students Right to Life, Women in Transition, Young Democrats. Professional Organizations: AD FED (American Advertising Federation), Alpha Kappa Psi, American Choral Directors Association (WKU Chapter), American College of Healthcare Executives, American Institute of Architecture Students, American Marketing Association, American Psychological Assoc. of Graduate Students, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Assoc. of Undergraduate Geneticists (AUG), Association for Information Technology Professionals, Association of Medical Technology Students, Delta Omicron (Music), Delta Sigma Phi (Business Administration), Fashion, Inc. , FCSED. org, Financial Management Association, Hospitality & Dietetic Association, International Assoc. of Business Communication (IABC), International Business Student Association, Kentucky Assoc. of Nursing Students, Kentucky Assoc. of Nursing Students (Associate), Kentucky Education Association, Student Program, KY Collegiate Music Educators (KCMENC), Life in Full Effect, National Association of Home Builders, National Science Teachers Assoc. , Student Chapter, NSSLHA National Student Speech Language Hearing Assoc. , Phi Beta Lambda (Business), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music), PR Student Society of America, Public Health, Radio/TV News Directors Association, SAGA (Student Affairs Graduate Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Professional Journalists, Student Council for Exceptional Children(SCEC), Student Design Organization IIDA/ASID, Student Members of American Dental Hygiene, WKU Agronomy Club, WKU American Advertising Federation, WKU Middle School Association, WKU Society for Human Resource Management. Service Organizations: Amnesty International, Circle K, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Honory Society, Habitat for Humanity, Omega Phi Alpha, Sigma Theta Alpha, Student Alumni Association, Student Volunteer Bureau, Unite for Sight. Sports Clubs: 812 Sports Club, Badminton Club, Capoeira Club, Cycling Club of WKU, Hillraisers, Men’s Rugby, Men’s Volleyball, NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Official’s STRIPES Club, Roller Hockey Club, Snow Ski Club, Springboard Diving Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Western Lacrosse Sports Club, WKU Cheerleading, WKU Collegiate Horse Show Team, WKU Cricket Club, WKU Disc Golf Team, WKU Fencers, WKU Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Club, WKU Men’s Soccer Club, WKU Outdoor Adventure Club, WKU Physical Education Club, WKU Skydiving Club, WKU Tennis Club, WKU Women’s Soccer Team, WKU Women’s Volleyball Club, WKU Wrestling Club, Women’s Field Hockey of WKU, Women’s Lacrosse Club, Women’s Rugby. Student Representation: Campus Activities Board, Interfraternity Council, NPHC-Undergraduate, Resident Staff Association, Spirit Masters, Student Government Association, Panhellenic Council
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) College Heights Herald-2 times per week


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Nashville, Tennessee (65), Louisville, Kentucky (120)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Bowling Green, Kentucky (7)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 46% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 6% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,365
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 16 fraternities
  • 9% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 12 sororities
  • 7% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (Tennessee State University)
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited

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