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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?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Western Kentucky University was awarded 40 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, WKU is ranked #1,091 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

WKU is also ranked #12 out of 27 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 is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Western Kentucky University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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.

Good Overall Diversity at WKU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,895 undergraduates at WKU with 11,815 being full-time and 4,080 being part-time.

WKU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for WKU is 61.91 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  61.91 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Kentucky University Cost?

The overall average net price of WKU is $12,776. 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 +
$12,499 $17,302 $16,816 $16,403 $17,535

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WKU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $5,901 a year. That adds up to $23,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WKU is 9.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do WKU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WKU make around $34,700 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 13% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field 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 located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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 91 majors graduated from Western Kentucky University. Of these students, 3,366 received undergraduate degrees and 834 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 239 $25,100
Business Administration & Management 233 $37,500
Nursing 190 $56,300
General Psychology 149 $23,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 131 $32,200
Health & Physical Education 106 $26,500
General Biology 102 $26,600
General Agriculture 94 $31,500
Marketing 90 $34,900
Public Relations & Advertising 86 $31,600

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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