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Colleges / Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY 4-Year Public

About HILLTOPPERS

Exceptional academic programs and world-renowned faculty are only part of what makes the WKU experience unparalleled in American higher education. Our state-of-the-art facilities, commitment to student success, and highly engaged campus community demonstrate what we call the Spirit of WKU. Your hopes, dreams, and ideas are important to us. We constantly seek to provide an environment where creativity is nurtured and intellect grows. Climb with us at Western Kentucky University.

Western Kentucky University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Bowling Green, KY, less than an hour from Nashville.

Founded in 1906, HILLTOPPERS currently enrolls around 18,171 students a year, including 15,895 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $184,900,000. For each full-time student, HILLTOPPERS spends about $7,246.

Admissions Facts About HILLTOPPERS

Acceptance rate: 97%

Average GPA: 3.42

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

HILLTOPPERS Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to HILLTOPPERS is minimally difficult. HILLTOPPERS accepts around 97 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.42 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is HILLTOPPERS a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $26,906 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does HILLTOPPERS sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is HILLTOPPERS a good school for YOU?

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College Info

HILLTOPPERS Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to HILLTOPPERS is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to HILLTOPPERS is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

HILLTOPPERS ACT Scores

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ACT Range

19 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above

Good

19 to 27

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to HILLTOPPERS is 23. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into HILLTOPPERS. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

HILLTOPPERS SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1210

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Math SAT Range

490 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

500 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1210 and Above

Good

1000 to 1210

Avg

1000 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for HILLTOPPERS students is 1105. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to HILLTOPPERS, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at HILLTOPPERS.

HILLTOPPERS Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$21,846

In State

$37,540

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$10,802
$26,496
Fees
Unknown
Unknown
Housing
$10,044
$10,044
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Student Life

Wondering what life at HILLTOPPERS is like? There are approximately 18,171 students enrolled at HILLTOPPERS, including 15,895 undergraduate students and 2,276 graduate students. 74% percent of students attend school full-time, 76% percent are from KY and 24% percent of students are from other states.

74%

Full Time

26%

Part Time

76%

In State

24%

Out-of-State

Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

18,171

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

97%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$10,802

Out-of-State

$26,496

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 1
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