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Western Kentucky University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Western Kentucky University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Western Kentucky University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Western Kentucky University was awarded 24 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and journalism.

Overall Quality

WKU is ranked #1,184 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list.

WKU is also ranked #15 out of 26 schools in Kentucky.

See all of the rankings for Western Kentucky University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WKU?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 95%, some consider WKU to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 7% of students accepted to WKU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 470 to 580 )
WKU received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 19 to 27 )

Learn more about Western Kentucky University admissions.

Western Kentucky University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Western Kentucky University is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Kentucky University is 65%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  65 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Kentucky University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Western Kentucky University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at WKU is 27%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Western Kentucky University.

Average Overall Diversity at WKU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,656 undergraduates at WKU with 12,919 being full-time and 4,737 being part-time.

WKU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

WKU scored 52.07 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  52.07 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Kentucky University Cost?

The overall average net price of WKU is $11,850. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WKU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,651 $16,018 $14,488 $16,141 $15,699

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WKU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WKU, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,177 a year. That adds up to $24,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WKU is 9.5%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do WKU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from WKU make about $34,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 15% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Western Kentucky University make the most money.

Location of Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University is a public institution situated in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Western Kentucky University

Contact details for WKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
Phone: 270-745-0111

Western Kentucky University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Western Kentucky University. Of these students, 3,441 received undergraduate degrees and 930 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Liberal Arts General Studies 268 $25,100
Business Administration & Management 219 $37,500
Nursing 191 $56,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 168 $32,200
General Psychology 138 $23,900
Health & Physical Education 134 $26,500
General Biology 125 $26,600
Public Relations & Advertising 93 $31,600
Marketing 87 $34,900
General Agriculture 82 $31,500

Learn more about the majors offered at Western Kentucky University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WKU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 8,481 students took at least one online class at Western Kentucky University. This is an increase from the 8,175 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 8,481 3,575
2016-2017 8,175 3,335
2015-2016 8,395 3,216
2014-2015 7,687 2,792
2013-2014 7,267 2,830

Learn more about online learning at Western Kentucky University.

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