ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY
Welcome to Western Kentucky University
(WKU), home of the Hilltoppers. Our hilltop
campus is a place of beauty and friendliness.
WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky,
a city with a population of more than 60,000
approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and
65 miles north of Nashville. WKU’s Regional
Campuses are located in Glasgow, Owensboro,
and Elizabethtown-Fort Knox.
WKU’s undergraduate division provides fouryear
programs leading to the Bachelor of
Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor
of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of
Science, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the
Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Social
Work degrees. Ninety-three (93) academic
majors that lead to the baccalaureate degree
and seventy-seven (77) academic minors are
available. A number of professional and pre-professional advising tracks provide additional options.
WKU is engaged in internationally acclaimed, student-centered applied research academic programs. The WKU
experience occurs on several unique campus environments and through an overarching spirit which attracts an
intellectually exciting and diverse family of the nation’s best students.
WKU provides students of all backgrounds with rigorous academic programs in education, the liberal arts and sciences,
the health sciences, and business, with emphasis at the baccalaureate and masters levels, complemented by relevant
associate and doctoral level programs. The University places a premium on student learning; it is committed to ensuring
value in a holistic learning experience through high standards for student achievement and conduct, a strong faculty,
technological innovation, personalized attention, broad access, and public accountability for actions and outcomes.
Each year, WKU students earn prestigious academic scholarships and national recognitions. Some of these recognitions
include the Harry S. Truman Scholar, Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Charles B. Rangel Scholars,
Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Critical Language Scholarship, David M. Boren Scholarship, and National Science
Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Out-of-the-classroom and study abroad experiences enhance learning, promote diversity, and contribute to the success
A place where all students can succeed, WKU is the home of the Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science for
exceptional Kentucky high school juniors and seniors. The Academy was named the number one high school in the U.S.
in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
WKU is proud to have Kentucky’s first independent Honors College. WKU honors students enjoy an intimate scholarly
environment on a vibrant campus and are encouraged to become involved in community service, applied research and
The WKU family extends to a large community of alumni across the world. Students have started their climb with us,
then graduated moving on to become Grammy Award winning musicians, groundbreaking scientists and researchers,
nationally recognized educators, successful entrepreneurs, Emmy Award winners, and entertainers in television,
theatre, and movies. All of them began their journey at WKU.
WKU Mission Statement
Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially
responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning
opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.