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Western Kentucky University

Kentucky, USA

The Spirit makes the Master Life

Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier. In the fall 2011 semester, enrollment was approximately 21,000.


WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally-recognized academic programs such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering, Business and our award winning speech and debate team.

An Entrepreneurial Community

The WKU Center for Research and Development (CRD) is uniquely positioned to dramatically enhance economic development initiatives. From starting a business and providing business space to providing lab services to spur business growth, the staff at the CRD is here to assist you


More than 20,000 students grace our campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro and the Elizabethtown area.

Quick Facts

The subject of heavy construction since the late 1990s, the main campus sits atop a hill with a commanding view of the Barren River valley. The campus flows from the top of College Heights, also known as The Hill, down its north, south and west faces. WKU also operates a satellite campus in Bowling Green (WKU South Campus Academic Wing) and regional campuses in Glasgow, Elizabethtown-Fort Knox and Owensboro.




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School Type
Tuition & Fees
13,572 per semester
Test Score
TOEFL 71 / IELTS 6.0
Accept. Rate / Min. GPA
93.3% / 2.6

Programs and Majors

    College of Arts & Letters
  • Art
  • Communication
  • Diversity and community studies
  • English
  • Folk studies and anthropology
  • History
  • Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Modern languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Interdisciplinary programs
    College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • Counseling and student affairs
  • Educational administration, leadership and research
  • Military science and leadership
  • Psychology
  • Marketing
  • Teachers Education
    College of Science and Engineering
  • Skyteach
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography and Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychological sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
    College of Business
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
    College of Health and Human services
  • Allied health
  • Applied Human Sciences
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Kinesiology, recreation and sport
  • Nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Public health
  • Social work
    College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • Adult Education, MAE
  • Counseling, MAE
  • Education & Behavioral Sci, MAE
  • Elementary Education, MAE
  • Gifted Ed & Talent Development, MAE
  • Instructional Design, MS
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Ed, MAE
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Ed, MAT
  • Libraries, Informatics, & Tech Ed, MS
  • Literacy Education, MAE
  • Middle Grades Education, MAE
  • Middle Grades Education, MAT
  • Organizational Leadership, MA
  • Psychology, MA
  • School Counseling, MAE
  • Secondary Education, MAE
  • Secondary Education, MAT
  • Special Education (LBD), MAE
  • Special Education (LBD), MAT
  • Special Education (MSD), MAE
    College of Arts & Letters
  • Creative Writing, MFA
  • Criminology, MA
  • English, MA
  • Folk Studies, MA
  • History, MA
  • Music, MM
  • Organizational Communication, MA
  • Public Administration, MPA
  • Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, MA
  • Sociology, MA
    College of Health and Human Services
  • Child & Family Studies, MS
  • Environmental & Occup Health Sci, MS
  • Health Administration, MHA
  • Kinesiology, MS
  • Nursing, MSN
  • Public Health, MPH
  • Recreation & Sport Administration, MS
  • Social Work, MSW
    College of Business
  • Ocean Engineering Accountancy, MAcc
  • Applied Economics, MA
  • Business Administration, MBA
    College of Science and Engineering
  • Agriculture, MS
  • Biology for Teacher Leaders, MAE
  • Biology, MS
  • Chemistry, MS
  • Computer Science, MS
  • Engineering Tech Mgmt, MS
  • Geoscience, MS
  • Homeland Security Sciences, MS
  • Mathematics, MA
  • Mathematics, MS
  • Psychology, MS