Western Kentucky University is a public, comprehensive university. Founded as a state Normal School in 1906, it gained university status in 1966. It offers highly-ranked academic programs, along with extracurriculars like forensics and athletics, for students who are serious about their education and who desire leadership development. Programs are offered through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Ford College of Business; Ogden College of Science, Technology and Health; and Potter College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Its 200-acre main campus and 785-acre university farm are located in Bowling Green, 65 miles north of Nashville.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
14,440
Undergraduates
5,502
Men - 38.1%
8,982
Women - 62.2%
2,053
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Minimally difficult
Overall Admission Rate
97% of 7,505 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.49
SAT Math
533 average
480-580 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
543 average
500-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
22 average
18-25 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $28,230
Out-of-state: $43,794
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,436
Out-of-state: $27,000
Room and Board
$12,418
Average Percent of Need Met
24%
Average Freshman Award
$16,635
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$25,875
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
642
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
20%
10-19
29%
20-29
24%
30-39
13%
40-49
8%
50-99
4%
Over 100
1%
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Bowling Green Population
61,488
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Nashville
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
36% of all students
Mascot
Big Red
Sororities
16.7% of women participate
Fraternities
18% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
2.8%
Black/African-American
9%
Hispanic/Latino
5.4%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
77.4%
Unknown
1.1%
International Students
0.7% from 42 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
40.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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