Western Kentucky University (WKU)

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Western Kentucky University can be found in Bowling Green, KY, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. WKU has nearly twenty one thousand students enrolled annually.

Many of the students getting into Western Kentucky University earned an SAT score in the range of 830 - 1150, or got accepted with an ACT score between 18 - 25. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the WKU average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.33 for accepted students. 92% of all applicants are admitted to WKU, from which 43% choose to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the WKU acceptance rate 2015 will be around 93%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wku.edu.

Overall WKU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for Western Kentucky University was reported as 92.3% in Fall 2012 with over 8,530 applications submitted to Western Kentucky University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • WKU ACT Scores: 18 - 25
  • WKU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Kentucky University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Western Kentucky University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2019 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2019-2020 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Western Kentucky University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 94.2%
  • 2009-2010: 94.5%
  • 2010-2011: 92.5%
  • 2011-2012: 91.7%
  • 2012-2013: 92.3%
  • Projected WKU Acceptance Rate 2019-2020: 92.6%

How Does WKU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Western Kentucky University is sixty-six percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Austin Peay State University86.0%
Vanderbilt University12.7%
Tennessee Technological University93.2%
Middle Tennessee State University70.0%
University of Louisville71.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to WKU (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English18 - 26
Math17 - 24
Composite Score18 - 25
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