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Western Kentucky University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Western Kentucky University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Western Kentucky University Ranked?

2022 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 308 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is technical teacher education.

Overall Quality

WKU is ranked #1,577 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 45 colleges in Kentucky, WKU is ranked at #15.

See all of the rankings for Western Kentucky University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WKU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 98%, Western Kentucky University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 10% 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 480 and 580.

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

SAT Math Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 480 to 580 )
WKU received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 19 to 26 )

Learn more about Western Kentucky University admissions.

Western Kentucky University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Western Kentucky University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Kentucky University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Western Kentucky University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from WKU have a four-year graduation rate of 32%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  32 out of 100

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

Western Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,286 undergraduates at WKU with 11,749 being full-time and 3,537 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Kentucky University Cost?

The overall average net price of WKU is $11,962. 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 +
$11,714 $14,790 $15,209 $15,642 $14,956

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 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,946 a year. That adds up to $27,784 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WKU is 9.3%. 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.

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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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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 94 majors graduated from Western Kentucky University. Of these students, 3,316 received undergraduate degrees and 817 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
Business Administration & Management 234 $36,668
Liberal Arts General Studies 221 $30,804
Nursing 220 $55,704
Teacher Education Grade Specific 174 $33,171
Health & Physical Education 137 $27,543
General Biology 102 $22,898
General Psychology 97 $26,224
Public Relations & Advertising 87 $33,815
Computer Information Systems 75 $50,231
Finance & Financial Management 75 $41,342

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 2019-2020, 14,933 students took at least one online class at Western Kentucky University. This is an increase from the 7,468 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 14,933 4,127
2018-2019 7,468 3,376
2017-2018 8,481 3,575
2016-2017 8,175 3,335
2015-2016 8,395 3,216

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.


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