The flat path is easy, but for the inspired there is a spirit that kindles a desire to climb higher.
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. Schedule a tour or visit our virtural tour to view our distinctive landmark on a hill overlooking the city.
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 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.
Hilltoppers know that life at the top is worth the climb.
The WKU MissionWestern 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.
The President’s Cabinet is comprised of the University President and senior administrators. These individuals report to the President and are responsible for working together to determine University policy and provide strategic leadership and oversight of all functions of the institution.
Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Learn more about our accreditations.
"Since I was little, I have seen myself as someone who would go on to do something extraordinary. I could not be more thankful for such an opportunity
that would only be available to me here at WKU.”
Tomo Brown, WKU Honors College
The Colonnade Program is the name of WKU’s distinctive General Education curriculum. WKU has adopted the Colonnade Program in 2014 to ensure that each student possesses certain academic skills, a breadth of human knowledge, and an appreciation for the diversity of ideas and perspectives that exist in the nation and world.
Online Programs at WKU have been ranked in the top 5 by US News & World Report. WKU Online provides access to 90 online degrees and certificate programs, including more than 50 associate, bachelor and master’s degrees. More than 1,700 classes are offered via web each year. Classes follow a term–based calendar.
WKU is the home of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky which offers a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Gatton was named the top high school in America by Newsweek / The Daily Beast three consecutive years and has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for nine consecutive years.
The Graduate School serves both as the point of contact for prospective and new graduate students and as a liaison between students and faculty members of all graduate programs. We are ready to share information and to offer further direction for graduate study in more than 90 degree and certificate programs.
The Mahurin Honors College serves over 1,300 scholars, includes 14 administrative professionals and 7 faculty, offers over 250 Honors courses, and graduates over 200 scholars annually. The average incoming ACT/SAT score for freshman is 30/1300, ranking the College in the top 3% of the nation. The College continues its mission to attract the nation’s top students to WKU and to provide the intellectual and social community of a private liberal arts college combined with the diverse expertise of outstanding faculty and research facilities of a large public university.
“I was recruited by 5 to 10 schools for soccer.
I chose WKU because it was the one campus that actually felt like home.”
~Shayna Dheel, WKU Soccer