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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate97%
Acceptance Rate97%

About HILLTOPPERS

Exceptional academic programs, applied learning opportunities, and world-renowned faculty are only part of what makes the WKU experience unparalleled. Your hopes, dreams and ideas are important to us. We strive to provide you with an environment where creativity is nurtured and intellect grows. WKU is a student centered, applied research university. That means we are dedicated to making sure you achieve your goals and graduate with skills for success. You will not only graduate with a diploma, you will enter the real world with experience that makes you stand out above the rest.

Western Kentucky University Overview

Western Kentucky University is a public, state school in the suburban setting of Bowling Green, KY. HILLTOPPERS was founded in 1906 and the school currently enrolls around 18,171 students a year, including 15,895 undergrads. HILLTOPPERS ensures housing for up to 5,650 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to HILLTOPPERS for Fall 2023 is August 1.

Student Involvement at HILLTOPPERS

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? HILLTOPPERS students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? 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.

2022 HILLTOPPERS Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 97%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 11%
In-State Tuition $11,112
Out-of-State $27,000
Percent of Need Met 21%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,346

Is HILLTOPPERS a Good School?


Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better view of what HILLTOPPERS offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

HILLTOPPERS Acceptance Rate 2022

HILLTOPPERS is not difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at HILLTOPPERS is 97%. Last year, 8,245 students applied to HILLTOPPERS and 8,019 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at HILLTOPPERS

Retention refers to 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.

Around 73% of students who start at HILLTOPPERS return for their second year of college. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for HILLTOPPERS Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with HILLTOPPERS directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

HILLTOPPERS's Endowment

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 2022, the total market value of Western Kentucky University's 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.

Tuition and Financial Aid at HILLTOPPERS

Tuition 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 21% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend HILLTOPPERS full-time are awarded $15,346 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $27,130 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit 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, does HILLTOPPERS seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is HILLTOPPERS a good school for you?

If Western Kentucky University seems like a school you want to apply to, click the heart button to save it to your college list.


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Where is HILLTOPPERS?

HILLTOPPERS is located in the suburban setting of Bowling Green, KY, in the suburbs of Nashville.

If you would like to see HILLTOPPERS for yourself, be sure to 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.

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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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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

HILLTOPPERS Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$20,234

In State

$35,928

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$10,802
$26,496
Fees
Unknown
Unknown
Housing
$8,432
$8,432
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 Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 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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