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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 offers one hundred one academic majors that lead to the baccalaureate degree, and 111 academic minors are available. Nine associate degree programs are offered along with thirty-seven undergraduate certificate programs. The Graduate School at WKU offers education in 104 degree and certificate programs. The University confers a wide range of Master's degrees along with a Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Psychology. WKU also offers non-degree Rank I and II and certification-only teacher education programs.
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.
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.
WKU was recognized on the inaugural list of Gilman Top Producing Institutions and "Priority Achievements" lists for institutions with the most diversity in overseas destinations and sending abroad the most first-generation college students or ethnic minority students, and students studying in STEM fields. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.
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 is engaged in internationally acclaimed, student-and-learning-centered academic programs. The WKU experience occurs on several unique campus environments and through an overarching spirit that attracts an intellectually exciting and diverse family of its best students. WKU provides students of all backgrounds with rigorous academic programs in education, the liberal arts and sciences, the health sciences, and business, emphasizing 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 the 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. Out-of-the-classroom and study abroad experiences enhance learning, promote diversity, and contribute to the success of students.
The University encourages engaged research and public service in support of economic development, quality of life, and education improvement at all levels. WKU faculty contribute to identifying and solving critical social, economic, scientific, health, and environmental problems. An inspiring and talented faculty promotes a high level of creative activity and diverse scholarship and an entrepreneurial attitude designed to expand knowledge, improve instruction, increase learning, and provide applied solutions toward high-quality service to the state and nation. The University directly supports its constituents in Kentucky's designated service areas with professional and technical expertise, cultural enrichment, and educational assistance.
Maintaining a campus of unique history and character, WKU sustains a student population of increasing quality. It fulfills its responsibility for access through its central and regional campuses and extensive distance learning opportunities. WKU recognizes that its mission continues to evolve in response to regional, national, and global changes, and the need for lifelong learning.
WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally-recognized academic programs such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering, Business, and our award-winning speech and debate team. More than 20,000 students grace our campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro, and the Elizabethtown area. Learn about our academic areas of interest.
WKU offers more than 170 choices for undergraduate areas of study through majors, minors, associate degree programs, certificate programs, pre-professional study, and concentration areas within majors plus more than 125 graduate programs. Our more than 125 graduate programs provide outstanding learning experiences and are focused on our students' successes, both during their graduate studies and after that as alumni.
Where learning fits your life, WKU offers many graduate and undergraduate programs, several certificates and endorsements, and more than 1,000 online courses each year!
We are pleased you are interested in pursuing your studies at WKU! We have accommodations for all types of students! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Hill! WKU students lead active, engaged lives. We want your WKU experience to be all it can be! Use this site to find academic resources, learn the ins and outs of living on campus, find clubs and organizations to be a part of, and discover ways to make your life at WKU full and exciting.

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