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Western Kentucky University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Bowling Green, KY. HILLTOPPERS was founded in 1906 and now enrolls around 18,171 students a year, including 15,895 undergrads. HILLTOPPERS offers housing for up to 5,650 students. Most students live in off campus housing.
There are many ways for students to get involved at HILLTOPPERS! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of HILLTOPPERS's theater groups.
Interested in journalism or communications? HILLTOPPERS students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.
Thinking of pledging? HILLTOPPERS has fraternities and sororities.
Planning to play sports? HILLTOPPERS has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at HILLTOPPERS on the Student Life page.
Learn more about life at HILLTOPPERS on the Student Life page.
Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is August 1.
|2021 HILLTOPPERS Facts At-A-Glance|
|Overall Acceptance Rate||97%|
|Applicants Submitting SAT scores||11%|
|Percent of Need Met||18%|
|Average First-Year Financial Aid Package||$15,465|
The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.
Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what HILLTOPPERS offers and if it might be a good choice for you.
It is slightly difficult to get into HILLTOPPERS. HILLTOPPERS admitted 97% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 8,245 students applied to HILLTOPPERS and 8,019 were admitted.
Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.
Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at HILLTOPPERS, around 73% return for their sophomore year. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.
Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.
An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $184.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $7,246 for each full-time student enrolled.
Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. HILLTOPPERS meets 18% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend HILLTOPPERS full-time are awarded $15,465 a year in financial aid, on average.
Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $26,906 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021
Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.
Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at HILLTOPPERS. Based on this information, how does HILLTOPPERS sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is HILLTOPPERS a good school for you?
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HILLTOPPERS is located in the suburban setting of Bowling Green, KY, less than an hour from Nashville.
If you want to see HILLTOPPERS for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 65 to Bowling Green, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Nashville International.
You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what HILLTOPPERS and Bowling Green are like without leaving home.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to HILLTOPPERS is Aug 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to HILLTOPPERS is Aug 1.
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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.
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