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Exceptional academic programs and world-renowned faculty are only part of what makes the WKU experience unparalleled in American higher education. Our state-of-the-art facilities, commitment to student success, and highly engaged campus community demonstrate what we call the Spirit of WKU. Your hopes, dreams, and ideas are important to us. We constantly seek to provide an environment where creativity is nurtured and intellect grows. Climb with us at Western Kentucky University.

We call our students Hilltoppers, because WKU students are ready to climb higher, to thrive, and to promote innovation here in Kentucky and across the globe. We are committed to supporting students from all backgrounds in their pursuit of an affordable degree. Learn more about the educational experience WKU can offer you.


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We want you to be part of the WKU Class of 2025! Complete the application today.


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Why Apply to Western Kentucky University?

All students have their own reasons for joining our community. From award-winning academic programs to exciting sporting events to our abundance of extracurricular activities, Western Kentucky University has an opportunity for everyone. 

We are proud to offer more than 170 undergraduate academic options for WKU students including majors, minors, and pre-professional tracks. Our Journalism and BroadcastingEducationEngineering, and Business programs are all nationally ranked. In addition to their major, students complete the Colonnade Program. This innovative general education sequence promotes critical, creative, and global thinking to support students’ personal and career development.  

Our application is completely online and easy to fill out. We will also need your transcripts, test scores, and a $45 application fee. Essays and letters of recommendation are not required to apply to WKU.



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Freshman Application Process

Below is an overview of important steps in the Western Kentucky University application process. View the Admissions Timeline and WKU’s Financial Aid page for detailed information.

Before your senior year: 

  • Make sure your high school coursework is aligned with our admissions requirements. If you are an in-state applicant, this would be the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum.

August-October of your senior year: 

  • Take a campus tour and meet with college representatives. 
  • Prepare to complete the FAFSA application as well as scholarship applications.
  • Apply to WKU! Our online application takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and has a $45 application fee.


  • Strive to finish your WKU application by November 15th, especially if you are interested in the Mahurin Honors College or the Cherry Presidential Scholarship.  

There are many routes to becoming a WKU student and the Admissions Office is here to guide you. We invite you to visit our campus, both in-person and virtually. We have also prepared many guides for both prospective and admitted students including detailed application instructions, committing to WKU, financial aid and affordability, internal scholarships, or applying as a non-traditional student.

The WKU Admissions Office is available to help you every step of the way and can be contacted via phone, text, email, or online chat. Our main phone number is 270-745-2551 or try our live chat from 8am-4:30pm Central Time. 

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We’re thrilled that you want to become part of the Western Kentucky University community of Hilltoppers. Take the next step to learn more about being a student at WKU.

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