Skip to main content
Western Kentucky University

Adult Learner Services

 

Starting School

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Adult Learner Counselors, we can walk you through the following steps. 

Call us at (270) 745-3575 or email us at adultservices@wku.edu.

 

Step 1 - Apply for Admission to WKU

The first step in attending WKU is to apply for admission. There are several admission requirements depending on your status (beginning student, transfer student, readmission student, or visiting student). In addition, there are specific deadlines for applications by semester and a $40 fee. Please review all of the requirements by going to the admission homepage. When you are ready to apply, you can apply online. If you have any questions contact Adult Learner Services at (270) 745-3575 or adultservices@wku.edu.

 

Step 2 - Apply for Financial Aid

If you would like to seek financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veterans' benefits, tuition waivers, work-study) you will need to apply for financial aid. To do so, you start by filling out the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can also go to the 'Pay for School' tab at the top of the page for additional information regarding more financial aid options.

If you are a veteran please contact Bobby Sluss or Schella Smith at (270) 745-3732. If you are not a veteran and would like assistance in filling out your initial FASFA please contact Adult Learner Services by calling (270) 745-3575 or emailing adultservices@wku.edu.

 

Step 3 - Choose an Academic Program

Not sure what academic path you want to pursue? You don't have to have a major to start school, but you should determine your academic program as soon as you can. Our counselors would be happy to help you get on a path that would best suit your needs. The Center for Career and Professional Development also can help you determine the most appropriate academic program for the career of your choice. WKU offers more than 170 choices for undergraduate areas of study through majors, minors, associate degree programs, certificate programs, pre-professional study, and areas of concentration within majors. Use the following link to explore our academic programs. Academic programs with contact information

 

Step 4 - Get Access to TopNet

TopNet is WKU's student information portal that allows students to view pertinent information (your email address, bill, see who your advisor is, etc.) and perform student functions (register for classes, print your semester schedule, change your major, etc.). Once you have been admitted to WKU you will receive a student ID number, commonly referred to as your "800 number." This is your TopNet logon and your initial password is the last six digits of your social security number. Upon you first login, you will be prompted to change your password.

 

Step 5 - Get a WKU Email Account

Once you have registered for classes, you will receive a WKU email address. Once you have your WKU email address and password, you can login from the WKU Homepage, click Quick Links and then TopperMail (Email).

 

 

 

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 9/25/14