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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate97%


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 is a public, state university in the suburb of Bowling Green, KY. HILLTOPPERS was founded in 1906. The university currently enrolls around 16,493 students a year, including 14,440 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Western Kentucky University

It is not difficult to get into HILLTOPPERS. The acceptance rate at HILLTOPPERS is 97%. Out of 7,505 applications received in 2022, 7,276 students were offered admission.

Western Kentucky University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 97%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 7.7%

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


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Western Kentucky University is located in the town of Bowling Green, KY, near 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.

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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



Composite SAT Range

990 - 1160


Math SAT Range

480 - 580


Reading SAT Range

500 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1160 and Above


990 to 1160


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for HILLTOPPERS students is 1076. Applicants with SAT scores of 1160 and above have a good chance of being admitted to HILLTOPPERS, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1160 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at HILLTOPPERS.

HILLTOPPERS Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at HILLTOPPERS is like? There are approximately 16,493 students enrolled at HILLTOPPERS, including 14,440 undergraduate students and 2,053 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 73% percent are from KY and 27% percent of students are from other states.


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