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 an enrollment of nearly nineteen thousand students.

Many of the students getting into Western Kentucky University earned an SAT score in the range of 990 - 1220, or got accepted with an ACT score between 19 - 27. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the WKU average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.45 for accepted students. When applying historical data, we have projected that the WKU acceptance rate 2021 will be around 90%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wku.edu.

Overall WKU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Western Kentucky University was reported as 97.3% in Fall 2020 with over 8,250 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: 19 - 27
  • WKU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Kentucky University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of WKU 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 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Western Kentucky University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 94.0%
  • 2017-2018: 95.5%
  • 2018-2019: 97.2%
  • 2019-2020: 97.3%
  • Projected WKU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 89.8%

How Does WKU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Western Kentucky University is seventy-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Austin Peay State University95.0%
Vanderbilt University9.1%
Belmont University83.8%
Campbellsville University70.1%
Tennessee Technological University79.0%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to WKU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 620
Math490 - 600
Total Score990 - 1220
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 26
Math20 - 28
Composite Score19 - 27
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