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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY

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A public school founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University is located in the city of Bowling Green, Ken. The university has its beginnings as a "normal school," devoted to teacher training, and became a university in 1966. Among the university's more popular programs are journalism and broadcasting, education, engineering and business. Western Kentucky University offers many student clubs and organizations and also has an award-winning speech and debate team.

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Quick Facts

1906 College Heights Boulevard
Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576

2012-2013 Tuition

$21,000 Tuition and Fees


18101 undergraduate students
42% male / 58% female


August 1 application deadline
92.3% accepted

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School Details

Institutional Control: public
Year Founded: 1906

Programs Offered

associate degree, bachelor's degree, certificate, master's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, post-master's certificate

Majors Offered

Agriculture, General, Computer and Information Sciences, General, Information Technology, Special Education and Teaching, General, Elementary Education and Teaching, Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching, Early Childhood Education and Teaching, Business Teacher Education, Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Trade and Industrial Teacher Education, Civil Engineering, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Technology/Technician, Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician, Construction Engineering Technology/Technician, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, Apparel and Textiles, General, English Language and Literature, General, English Language and Literature/Letters, Other, General Studies, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Mathematics, General, Army ROTC, Military Science and Operations, Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Sports Studies, Religion/Religious Studies, Architectural Technology/Technician, Physical Sciences, Meteorology, Chemistry, General, Geology/Earth Science, General, Physics, General, Psychology, General, Social Work, Social Sciences, General, Anthropology, Economics, General, Geography, Geographic Information Science and Cartography, International Relations and Affairs, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Asian Studies/Civilization, Dance, General, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other, Fine/Studio Arts, General, Art History, Criticism and Conservation, Music Performance, General, Music, Other, Communication Sciences and Disorders, General, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist, Environmental Health, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Health Professions and Related Programs, Business Administration and Management, General, Organizational Leadership, Accounting, Business/Managerial Economics, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, General, Hospitality Administration/Management, General, International Business/Trade/Commerce, Management Information Systems, General, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, History, General, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Mass Communication/Media Studies, Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Photojournalism, Radio and Television, Organizational Communication, General, Public Relations/Image Management, Advertising

General Student Body Information

Total number of undergraduates: 18,101
Total number of degree-seeking full-time undergraduates: 13,694
Total number of degree-seeking part-time undergraduates: 2,657
Percent of male undergraduates: 42%
Percent of female undergraduates: 58%
Percent of international undergraduates: 3%

Student Services

Basic services offered: nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Remedial learning services offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling services offered: academic, birth control, career, minority student, older student, personal, psychological, veteran student
Campus safety and security services offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols; Late night transport/escort service; 24-hour emergency telephones; Lighted pathways/sidewalks; Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)


Student activities offered: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook


Intercollegiate non-scholarship sports offered for women: soccer

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