Western Kentucky University

1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Western Kentucky University is a public four-year institution that serves more than 21,000 students at its campus in Bowling Green, Ky. The university was established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1906 as the Western Kentucky State Normal School. The school was renamed Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College in 1922, Western Kentucky State Teachers College in 1930, and Western Kentucky University in 1966.The U.S. News & World Report ranked Western Kentucky University 33rd in the Regional Universities (South) category of its 2013 edition of Best Colleges.

Programs Offered

Western Kentucky University offers more than 170 areas of study through its College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Gordon Ford College of Business, Ogden College of Science and Engineering, and Potter College of Arts & Letters. Available undergraduate programs include accounting, acting, aerospace studies, agriculture, allied health, art education, astronomy, business, chemistry, computer science, criminology, and education. Western Kentucky University offers online bachelor’s degree programs in family and consumer sciences, sociology, computer information technology, nursing, technology management, and dental hygiene. The university also offers online master’s degree programs in business administration, education, criminology, history, mathematics, athletic administration, social responsibility, biology, communication disorders, instructional design, and more.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Western Kentucky University since 1926.


Western Kentucky University requires applicants to submit an ACT composite score of 20 or greater, a SAT score of 940 or higher, or at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). The university’s pre-college curriculum requirements include four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, three years of science, one year of history, and two years of foreign language. If you want to enroll in the fall semester then you must send in all of your admissions materials by Aug. 1. The spring semester deadline is Jan. 1.

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