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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is ATP?

ATP is an orientation program required for all freshman and transfer students planning to register for classes on the Main or South Campus. ATP will help your student become more familiar with Western Kentucky University and give them an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor in a group setting from their chosen major. Parents have the option of attending Parent/Guest ATP which run at the same time but separately from the student ATP.

How do I register for ATP?

Your student must register themselves and their guests for ATP online by using TopNet.  Encourage your student to visit our student site for instructions.

After my student registers for ATP, will I receive a confirmation too?

If you would like to receive information about Parent ATP, ask your student to include your email address during their reservation process. You will also receive additional information via e-mail about a week before your scheduled ATP that includes instructions on parking, what to bring with you, and other campus reminders.  If you would like an additional copy, PDF versions will be available from the Parent ATP homepage.

If my student is attending an Extended Campus, do they need to attend ATP?

Students planning to register for regional campus classes are not required to attend the ATP on main campus in Bowling Green.  To register for an orientation or advising session at a regional campus, please contact the appropriate campus center for instructions.  Elizabethtown: 270-706-8870; Ft. Knox: 270-351-1192; Glasgow: 270-659-6900; Owensboro: 270-745-5095 or 270-684-9797.

Is there a fee to attend ATP?

Yes.  There is a non-refundable fee of $50.00 per student and $10.00 for each guest.  Your student will be prompted to pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) when they reserve their date online via a secure web form in TopNet.  You are not expected to pay any additional fees at ATP.  If you plan to visit Housing and Residence Life at the conclusion of ATP, please visit their website for details on the application process (including fees.)

What if I need to change the number of guests we plan to bring?

To add or remove guests from your ATP reservation, please call ATP at 270-745-4242.  The $10.00 fee is non-refundable.

Where are the ATP events located?

ATP dates in 2015 will be held at the newly renovated Downing Student Union (formerly Downing University Center) on our beautiful main campus in Bowling Green, KY.

My student has a question about the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

If you or your student have questions about the Math Placement Exam, refer to the left navigation for more details.  If you still have questions or difficulty logging in, please have the student call 270-745-4242 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Central Time Monday-Friday or email for assistance.  It is important that we speak with the student to walk them through any necessary steps.  Beginning the exam without the student present will result in a score of 0 and the exam cannot be retaken again in the same semester.

Are meals included on my ATP day?

Lunch is complimentary and provided for the student and any guests who have paid the ATP registration fee and received ATP materials.

What other resources do you suggest before I arrive on campus?

Use the left navigation on this page and click on Additional Tips for great tips and reminders for your student.  For great parent tips, check out the Parent/Guardian Checklist on the Parent ATP homepage in the links on the right.

Am I required to stay overnight for ATP?

No.  ATP is a one-day program with no required overnight stay.  For a list of accommodations, we suggest looking at the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce website.

Can parents or guests attend with students?

WKU welcomes parents and guests to attend ATP.  The parent program does run concurrently with our student ATP.  Parents are welcome, but not required to attend ATP.  Due to time and space constraints, students should plan to go to all sessions, advising, and registration without any accompanying guests.

Where do I park?

Parking instructions and driving directions will be included in your ATP e-newsletter that your student will receive via e-mail about 10 days before their ATP date.

Is the ATP fee refundable?

No.  The ATP fee for students and guests is non-refundable.  If you are not planning to come to WKU Main Campus, please email us at so we may cancel your space and make room for other students to attend your ATP date.

How do reschedule my student's ATP date?

To reschedule an ATP date, please email or call our office with the student's name, WKU ID, and top three ATP dates to  A response will confirm the new ATP date.  A list of available dates can be found on our reservation page or on the Upcoming Events tab in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

In which time zone is WKU located?

WKU is located in the Central Time Zone, one hour behind Louisville, which is just over two hours from Bowling Green. Our campus shares the Central Time Zone with Nashville, TN which is only an hour away. For driving directions, please consult the e-newsletter.

When is ATP?

A list of available ATP dates can be found at the top of our page on our calendar under Upcoming Events.  You may also view the list on our reservations page or in TopNet when making a reservation.

Will there be time to speak with Financial Aid individually?

The Office of Student Financial Assistance will present a session for the group at ATP.  After the session concludes, the SFA team will be available to answer questions, both at a table and in a private setting.  When you arrive at ATP, review your registration information for time and location details.

Will there be time to speak with Housing individually?

The Office of Housing and Residence Life will present a session for the group at ATP.  You are encouraged to complete all housing application requirements online prior to attending ATP.  You may also visit with them at the information fair during ATP.  After the session concludes, the HRL staff will return to their offices at Minton Hall, conveniently located just across the promenade from Downing Student Union.


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