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IPEDS ID: 157951
OPE ID: 00200200
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Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1000
General information:  (270) 745-0111
Website:  www.wku.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Doctor's degree - other
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  16,750 (14,729 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Admissionswww.wku.edu/admissions/
Apply Onlinewww.wku.edu/admissions/
Financial Aidwww.wku.edu/financialaid/
Net Price Calculatorwww.wku.edu/financialaid/costinfo/calculator.php
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.wku.edu/veteran/
Disability Serviceswww.wku.edu/sarc/
Athletic Graduation Ratescatalog.wku.edu/undergraduate/university/notices/
Mission Statement
  Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Professional Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
4%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2021Full timePart time
Total faculty647299
Instructional647299
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-224
Instructional-103
Research-121
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
Tuition and fees
In-state$10,512$10,802$10,802$10,9921.8%
Out-of-state$26,280$26,496$26,496$27,0001.9%
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,343$8,432$10,044$10,7086.6%
Other$1,985$2,035$2,086$2,1151.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,343$8,432$10,044$10,7086.6%
Other$3,640$4,080$4,238$5,19522.6%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,985$2,035$2,086$2,1151.4%
Total Expenses2018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022% change 2020-2021 to 2021-2022
In-state
On Campus$21,840$22,269$23,932$24,8153.7%
Off Campus$23,495$24,314$26,084$27,8956.9%
Off Campus with Family$13,497$13,837$13,888$14,1071.6%
Out-of-state
On Campus$37,608$37,963$39,626$40,8233.0%
Off Campus$39,263$40,008$41,778$43,9035.1%
Off Campus with Family$29,265$29,531$29,582$30,1151.8%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2021-2022
In-state tuition$12,140
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$18,340
Out-of-state fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2020-2021
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,03399%————
Grant or scholarship aid3,02198%$28,928,105$9,576
Federal grants1,15738%$5,671,403$4,902
Pell grants1,15738%$5,510,786$4,763
Other federal grants35812%$160,617$449
State/local government grant or scholarships2,27474%$6,622,577$2,912
Institutional grants or scholarships2,80691%$16,634,125$5,928
Student loan aid1,46848%$8,930,465$6,083
Federal student loans1,43447%$7,353,155$5,128
Other student loans1585%$1,577,310$9,983
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid112,578$100,280,041$7,973
Pell grants4,525$20,705,084$4,576
Federal student loans5,931$37,908,301$6,392
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2018-20192019-20202020-2021
Average net price$12,174$12,705$12,395
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2018-20192019-20202020-2021
$0 – $30,000$11,714$12,195$11,303
$30,001 – $48,000$14,790$16,211$16,192
$48,001 – $75,000$15,209$17,490$15,852
$75,001 – $110,000$15,642$16,529$15,859
$110,001 and more$14,956$15,338$16,059
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2021
Total enrollment16,750
Undergraduate enrollment14,729
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment810
Graduate enrollment2,021
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 77%
Part-time: 23%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 78%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 90%
25 and over: 10%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 74%
Out-of-state: 25%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2020.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 37%
Part-time: 63%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 14%
Enrolled in some distance education: 41%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 45%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 55%
Enrolled in some distance education: 14%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 31%
Undergraduate application fee (2021-2022): $45
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2021
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants7,2552,5464,709
Percent admitted98%97%99%
Percent admitted who enrolled40%41%39%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
  • Students with a 2.00-2.49 unweighted high school GPA will be admitted via WKU’s Summer Scholars program. Students with less than a 2.00 unweighted high school GPA are not admissible.
  • Students with an unweighted high school GPA of 2.50 or higher are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Students with a GPA of 2.0 to 2.49 need to submit ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admission. Students with a GPA of less than 2.0 are not admissible. Some scholarships/academic programs may still require submission of ACT or SAT scores to determine eligibility.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 73%
Part-time students: 17%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2020 and Returned in Fall 2021
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 77 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2021.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 54%
Transfer-out rate: 23%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2013]
4-year: 31%
6-year: 52%
8-year: 54%
[Began in Fall 2015]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 57%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2013 or Fall 2015
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 52%
Female: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 75%
Black or African American: 33%
Hispanic/Latino: 51%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 60%
Two or more races: 47%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 58%
Non-resident alien: 53%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 49%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 35%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 31%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 1%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 58%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 7%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 7%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 3%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 30%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 8%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 11%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 2%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 55%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 16%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 3%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 49%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 18%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 2%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 59%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2013-14
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 42%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 5%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 42%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 0%
Received an Associate's degree: 4%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 42%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2020-2021
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
AssociateBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields
Agricultural Production Operations, General--3---
Agriculture, General---657d-
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management0-----
Food Technology and Processing4-----
Category total4-3657d-
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician---18--
Category total---18--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization---2--
Chinese Studies0-----
Deaf Studies2-----
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other---3--
Folklore Studies----4-
German Studies0-----
Women's Studies-3d----
Category total23d-54-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry---10--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-6d-11512d-
Biotechnology---0--
Epidemiology-3d----
Molecular Genetics---2--
Category total-9d-12712d-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting---6414-
Business Administration and Management, General-3d6d157d79d-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other84d----
Business/Managerial Economics---11--
Construction Management, General---29--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies---7--
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary--0---
Finance, General---53--
Financial Planning and Services8-----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General---30--
International Business/Trade/Commerce---13--
Management Information Systems, General---23d--
Management Science106d--19d--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General---99--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-4d----
Organizational Leadership74d5d-59d123d-
Real Estate1-----
Category total197d16d6d564d216d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Advertising0--32--
Broadcast Journalism---44--
Communication Management and Strategic Communications0-----
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia31-----
Health Communication-2d----
Journalism---10--
Mass Communication/Media Studies---0--
Organizational Communication, General05d-20--
Photojournalism---11--
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication-10d----
Public Relations/Image Management0--28--
Radio and Television---16--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric---257-
Category total3117d-1867-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General---01-
Computer Science---18--
Information Science/Studies-0----
Information Technology---48d--
Category total-0-66d1-
Education
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-6d--7d-
Art Teacher Education----0-
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education---1--
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services-1d--15-
Community College Administration-0----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-2d--0-
Curriculum and Instruction-14d----
Early Childhood Education and Teaching--1d56-
Education, General----0-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism-0----
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented-0--5d-
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other----0-
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other-0----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General----012
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision1-----
Educational/Instructional Technology20--5d-
Elementary Education and Teaching---976-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education---25d--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching---63-
Learning Sciences-0--0-
Mathematics Teacher Education-0d----
Music Teacher Education----6-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0--73d-
Reading Teacher Education----1d-
Secondary Education and Teaching----5-
Special Education and Teaching, General---2813-
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other-2d----
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-0d----
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels---27-
Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language, Other-1d----
Technical Teacher Education--6d---
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education---2--
Category total326d7d173d82d12
Engineering
Civil Engineering, General---35--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering---27--
Mechanical Engineering---50--
Category total---112--
Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician---0--
Engineering/Industrial Management----4d-
Industrial Technology/Technician---7d--
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician4d--26--
Quality Control Technology/Technician-4d----
Category total4d4d-33d4d-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing----6-
English Language and Literature, General---393-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other---11--
Category total---509-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Adult Development and Aging-0----
Apparel and Textiles, General---41--
Child Care Provider/Assistant19d-----
Family and Community Services----4d-
Housing and Human Environments, General---0--
Category total19d0-414d-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Arabic Language and Literature---6--
Chinese Language and Literature---15--
French Language and Literature---3--
German Language and Literature---0--
Spanish Language and Literature0--16--
Category total0--40--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist----64-
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist---3--
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General---30--
Community Health and Preventive Medicine---7--
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling4-----
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--230d--
Dietetics/Dietitian-6----
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)--1---
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing-0----
Environmental Health14d-56d-
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-4--0-
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other26d-----
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator---13d--
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician--0---
Health Services Administration-0----
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General---68d--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management---50d15d-
Medical Informatics5d-----
Nursing Administration-0----
Nursing Education-0----
Nursing Practice-----24
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene1d-----
Physical Therapy/Therapist-----29
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-22d--0-
Public Health Education and Promotion311d----
Public Health, General0---19d-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--101d18511-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-18d----
Category total40d65d104d391d115d53
History
History, General---304d-
Category total---304d-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management7d5d----
Cybersecurity Defense Strategy/Policy-0d----
Category total7d5d----
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal0-09--
Category total0-09--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0-44d142d--
Category total0-44d142d--
Library Science
Library and Information Science----28d-
Category total----28d-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General---149-
Statistics, Other0-----
Category total0--149-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences----2d-
Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis-0----
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis---7--
Data Analytics, General-0d----
Gerontology0-----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-0-0--
Sustainability Studies-1d----
Category total01d-72d-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies---0--
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management0-----
Category total0--0--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Exercise Science and Kinesiology---64--
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management, General-14d-2272d-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management028d----
Sports Studies---58--
Category total042d-14472d-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies-0-90-
Category total-0-90-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General---167-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other13-----
Geology/Earth Science, General---11--
Meteorology---9--
Physical Sciences, General---1--
Physics, General---4--
Category total13--417-
Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis-0d----
Counseling Psychology----35-
Psychology, General---8115-
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other---44--
School Psychology----63
Category total-0d-125563
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Community Organization and Advocacy----9d-
Public Administration-5d--7-
Social Work---122d53d-
Category total-5d-122d69d-
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General---10--
Applied Economics----0-
Criminology---617d-
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics-1d-179d-
Economics, General---12d--
Geographic Information Science and Cartography13d1d-0--
Geography---132-
International Relations and Affairs---12--
Political Science and Government, General---41--
Social Sciences, General---20--
Sociology, General---32d2-
Category total13d2d-218d20d-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation---1--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production---0--
Dance, General---8--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General---18--
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other---11--
Fine/Studio Arts, General---37--
Game and Interactive Media Design2-----
Graphic Design1-----
Music Performance, General---22--
Music, Other---12--
Category total3--109--
Grand total3361951642,84172868
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Department of Defense Voluntary Educational Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
  • Although Western Kentucky University is currently a Yellow Ribbon participating school, WKU only charges the in-state rate of tuition for all students using VA educational benefits. Therefore, no Yellow Ribbon is required.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2020-2021
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 284
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 53
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 54
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 114
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $7,914
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $8,376
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,215
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,127
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 68%
Part-time students: 43%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
Athletics Participation
  • Sanction Body: NCAA Division I-FBS
Varsity Men's and Women's TeamsMenWomen
All Track Combined7667
Baseball50
Basketball1515
Football129
Golf1210
Soccer30
Softball20
Tennis10
Volleyball15
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1926)12/08/2025
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in DieteticsAccredited since (02/01/1976)12/31/2023
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programsAccredited since (12/01/1966)6/30/2023
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Hygiene (DH)Accredited since (05/14/1970)12/31/2027
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapistAccredited since (05/04/2016)12/31/2031
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapistPreaccredited (04/24/2013 - 06/03/2016)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programsAccredited since (08/01/1993)08/01/2021
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levelsAccredited since (02/27/2013)1/1/2027
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (09/28/2002)1/1/2027
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (09/28/2002)1/1/2027
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public healthAccredited since (10/07/2016)12/31/2023
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public healthAccredited (06/01/2002 - 10/07/2016)
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited since (01/01/1954)06/20/2018
Internship/Residency
Accreditor / Program / DepartmentStatusNext Review Date
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic InternshipAccredited since ((!)07/29/2016)12/31/2023
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic InternshipPreaccredited (06/13/2013 - 07/29/2016)
  • (!) Estimated date
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On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape424
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery101
h. Aggravated assault010
i. Burglary952
j. Motor vehicle theft011
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence130
b. Dating violence420
c. Stalking200
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.011
b. Drug abuse violations1089528
c. Liquor law violations42112
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.110
b. Drug abuse violations213615
c. Liquor law violations174130154
  • For 2019, Drug abuse violations were changed from 0 to 36 because new data was given. For 2019, Liquor law violations were changed from 0 to 130 because new data was given.
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201820192020
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape324
d. Fondling000
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault010
i. Burglary751
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201820192020
a. Domestic violence120
b. Dating violence220
c. Stalking100
Arrests201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations575616
c. Liquor law violations0189
Disciplinary Actions201820192020
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.100
b. Drug abuse violations83615
c. Liquor law violations174130154
  • For 2019, Drug abuse violations were changed from 0 to 36 because new data was given. For 2019, Liquor law violations were changed from 0 to 130 because new data was given.
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate6.9%9.3%9.2%
Number in default298431425
Number in repayment4,2964,6204,575
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)