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Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate97%


It is not difficult to get into Western Kentucky University. The acceptance rate at Western Kentucky University is 97%. Out of 7,505 applications received in 2023, 7,276 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Western Kentucky University, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Western Kentucky University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Western Kentucky University's admissions stats.

Western Kentucky University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23.6%
Mean SAT Score 1076
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 7.7%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 84.1%
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 8 1

Applying Early to Western Kentucky University?

Western Kentucky University does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on Western Kentucky University Admissions

Transferring to Western Kentucky University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Western Kentucky University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling 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 stand out.

Admissions Factors at Western Kentucky University

What does Western Kentucky University consider 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 Considered

Make sure to check with Western Kentucky University for more information on admission factors.

Western Kentucky University Application Requirements

To apply to Western Kentucky University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Western Kentucky University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Other Requirements 1. Have at least a 2.00 unweighted high school GPA. 2. Students with a 2.00 - 2.49 unweighted high school GPA must achieve a Composite Admission Index (CAI) score of at least 60. 3. Students with a 2.50 unweighted high school GPA or greater are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission.
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Western Kentucky University?

Students admitted to Western Kentucky University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36.2% submitted a class rank. At Western Kentucky University 23.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47.7% were in the top 25% and 78.1% 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 10.29%
3.75 and 3.99 28.28%
3.50 and 3.74 19.41%
3.25 and 3.49 15.78%
3.00 and 3.24 10.98%
2.50 and 2.9 12.25%
2.00 and 2.49 2.94%

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 Western Kentucky University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

Western Kentucky University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 7.7% of Western Kentucky University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 84.1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Western Kentucky University?

To be competitive with other Western Kentucky University applicants, you should aim to score between 990 and 1160 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Western Kentucky University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1160 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Western Kentucky University student is 1076.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Western Kentucky University students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Western Kentucky University students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at Western Kentucky University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Western Kentucky University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Western Kentucky University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Western Kentucky University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Western Kentucky University.

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

Transfer students can enroll in Western Kentucky University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Western Kentucky University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Western Kentucky University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Western Kentucky University.

Does Western Kentucky University accept transfer credits?

✅ Western Kentucky University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Western Kentucky University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Western Kentucky University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Western Kentucky University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Western Kentucky University?

❌ No, Western Kentucky University is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Western Kentucky University's acceptance rate?

✅ Western Kentucky University's acceptance rate is 97%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Western Kentucky University?

❌ Western Kentucky University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Western Kentucky University?

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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 96 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

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.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At HILLTOPPERS, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.49. 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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