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Colleges / Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

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


If you want to apply to HILLTOPPERS, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application costs $45.

HILLTOPPERS Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of HILLTOPPERS's admissions stats.

HILLTOPPERS 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 22%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 11%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 95%
Waitlist No

Western Kentucky University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Western Kentucky University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 1 ––

Applying Early to HILLTOPPERS?

HILLTOPPERS does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Western Kentucky University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to HILLTOPPERS?

It is not difficult to get into HILLTOPPERS. HILLTOPPERS evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, HILLTOPPERS accepted 97% of students, around 8,019 from 8,245 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like HILLTOPPERS, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT. Admissions to Nursing, dental hygiene, engineering, speech-language pathology programs is program moderately difficult.

Transferring to Western Kentucky University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to HILLTOPPERS

HILLTOPPERS has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does HILLTOPPERS Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at HILLTOPPERS

Wondering what factors are considered by HILLTOPPERS during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important

Make sure to check with HILLTOPPERS for more information on admission factors.

HILLTOPPERS Application Requirements

To apply to HILLTOPPERS, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with HILLTOPPERS's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Other Requirements minimum of 2.0 unweighted high school GPA, Composite Admission Index (CAI) score of at least 60
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into HILLTOPPERS?

Students admitted to HILLTOPPERS have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 54.6% submitted a class rank. At HILLTOPPERS 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Western Kentucky University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to HILLTOPPERS directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

HILLTOPPERS looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

HILLTOPPERS is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 11% of HILLTOPPERS's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 95% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for HILLTOPPERS?

To be competitive with other HILLTOPPERS applicants, you should aim to score between 1000 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At HILLTOPPERS 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of HILLTOPPERS students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of HILLTOPPERS students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for HILLTOPPERS?

To be most competitive at HILLTOPPERS, you should strive to earn between 19 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for HILLTOPPERS's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for HILLTOPPERS students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Western Kentucky University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to HILLTOPPERS.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in HILLTOPPERS during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term


Can I defer my acceptance to HILLTOPPERS?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to HILLTOPPERS.

Does HILLTOPPERS accept transfer credits?

✅ HILLTOPPERS accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. HILLTOPPERS accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does HILLTOPPERS accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ HILLTOPPERS accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to HILLTOPPERS?

❌ No, HILLTOPPERS is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is HILLTOPPERS's acceptance rate?

✅ HILLTOPPERS has an acceptance rate of 97%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at HILLTOPPERS?

❌ HILLTOPPERS does not offer early decision.

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HILLTOPPERS Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into HILLTOPPERS? HILLTOPPERS is a less selective institution. The HILLTOPPERS acceptance rate is 97%. This means that the institution accepts 97 out of every 100 applicants.


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

1000 - 1210


Math SAT Range

490 - 600


Reading SAT Range

500 - 620


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At HILLTOPPERS, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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