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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.

79 Undergraduate Degrees
9 Graduate Degrees
$28,866 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
95% Acceptance Rate

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Western Kentucky University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WKU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#117 Most Popular Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Western Kentucky University?

Location of Western Kentucky University

Contact details for WKU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
Phone: 270-745-0111

How Do I Get Into WKU?

You can apply to WKU online at:

Admission Requirements for WKU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into WKU?

95% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
7% Submit SAT Scores
WKU has the high acceptance rate of 95%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

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 English scores ranged between 17 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 28. Composite scores were between 19 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 17 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 19 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Western Kentucky University  ( 19 to 27 )

Can I Afford Western Kentucky University?

$28,866 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
9.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WKU is $28,866. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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%.

Western Kentucky University Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,815 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,895 undergraduate students at WKU, with 11,815 being full-time and 4,080 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WKU

There are also 2,276 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,815 full-time undergraduates at WKU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WKU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Kentucky University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WKU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 253
Black or African American 1,051
Hispanic or Latino 454
White 9,263
International Students 296
Other Races/Ethnicities 498

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at Western Kentucky University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 86 countries are represented at WKU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and India.

Online Learning at Western Kentucky University

3,575 Took All Classes Online
8,481 Took At Least One Class Online
6.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 15 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at WKU. In 2017-2018, 8,481 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WKU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 19th most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WKU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Kentucky University was 6.2%. This is the #1,173 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WKU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WKU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Information Technology 21%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WKU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WKU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Information Technology #50
General Computer & Information Sciences #70
Computer Information Systems #117

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Kentucky University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Information Technology 47 0 0 47
General Computer & Information Sciences 32 0 7 39
General Information Science 0 2 0 2
Computer & IS Security 0 0 0 0
Computer Support Specialist 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 79 2 7 88


*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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