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Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University, or WKU, is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It was founded in 1906 by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The campus is spread across an area of 200 acres. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics. WKU is organized into the following academic divisions:
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Ogden College of Science and Engineering
  • Potter College of Arts and Letters
  • The Bowling Green Community College of Western Kentucky University
  • The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • The Gordon Ford College of Business
  • University College
The men's sports teams of WKU are nicknamed the Hilltoppers and the women's sports teams are known as the Lady Toppers. Their official mascot is the Big Red.

Profile of Western Kentucky UniversityWestern Kentucky University can be found in Bowling Green, KY (a small city). The school is a public institution. The Doctoral degree is the highest degree at Western Kentucky University.

Course Topics

The most common majors at the school are in media.

Western Kentucky University Selectivity

Western Kentucky University does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 440 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at the school centered around 410 to 520, but ranged both higher and lower.


A tenure system is one way Western Kentucky University works to keep a high-quality staff.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 19, 258 students were enrolled in the school.

Student Life

Student dorms or apartments are common at Western Kentucky University. The school offers students meal plans. Western Kentucky University student athletes compete in Sun Belt Conference competitions. The school reports its educational mission is:

"Western Kentucky University prepares students to be productive, engaged leaders in a global society. It provides service and lifelong learning opportunities for its constituents. WKU is responsible for stewarding a high quality of life throughout its region. "Western Kentucky University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryGeneral CategoryMost Common Majors

Education and Teaching743elementary school teaching, special ed, physical education teaching, middle school teaching, educational admin and supervision, school Counselling, family/home economics teaching, education of speech impaired, . . .
Liberal Arts733general studies, sociology, library science, English, geography, social services, political science, English language and literature, . . .
Business and Management455business management, marketing, business, accounting, finance, financial planning, MIS, managerial economics
Media311radio and television, organizational communications, communication studies, advertising, public relations, journalism, photojournalism
Nursing and Emergency Medicine198registered nursing, EMT paramedic, nurse practitioner
Therapy and Counselling158psychology, Counselling psychology, community health services, school psychology
Science123biology, chemistry, physics, meteorology, biochemistry, geology, molecular genetics
Medical Support and Technology99audiology and speech pathology, dental hygienist, clinical lab tech
Agricultural Science and Management91agriculture, agricultural production
Family and Social Work81social work, public administration
Computer Science and Engineering61computer and info science, information technology, data processing tech
Engineering Technician60industrial tech, civil engineering tech, environmental engineering tech, electromechanical tech
Engineering55civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering
Medicine51public health
Hospitality49hospitality management
Medical administration48health care administration, medical records tech, community health
Fine Arts43fine arts
Construction Trades42apparel and textiles
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy37parks and recreation management
Music20music, various music studies
Religion and Philosophy18religion, philosophy
Law17legal assistant
office and Administration17executive secretary
Art Studies16visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Real Estate and Construction Management1real estate
Contact: Western Kentucky UniversityWestern Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000

General Phone: (270) 745-0111


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