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Frequently Asked Questions

Know Before You Go

What is ATP? Do I have to attend?

ATP is an orientation program required for all freshman and transfer students planning to register for classes on the Main or South Campus. ATP helps you become more familiar with Western Kentucky University and provides an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor from your chosen major in a small group setting. You will also register for classes and receive a copy of your class schedule.

How do I change my major before ATP?

To verify or update your major, click here.

What is the difference between ATP and M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan?

ATP is your first major step in becoming acquainted with the campus community and with your advisor.  Before and during ATP you will take placement exams, meet other students at ATP and within your major, attend an information fair, learn about class registration, register for classes with an academic advisor, receive your class schedule, and receive your WKU ID card. M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan is a five day program, designed to assist first year residential students in their transition from home to college. Program participants move to campus a week before classes begin and benefit from the opportunity to get acclimated to campus before the upperclassmen arrive, and begin building a social support network. Educational sessions, special events, and evening social activities provide program participants with opportunities to learn tips of the trade from student leaders, meet new people, and identify resources to help them succeed in and out of the classroom.

Can you help me with the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

If you 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 call 270-745-4242 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Central Time Monday-Friday or email for assistance.

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

Use the left navigation on this page and click on New Student Checklist for great tips and reminders.

Am I required to stay overnight for ATP?

No.  ATP is a one-day program with no required overnight stay.

What  time zone is WKU in?

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 your newsletter.
Starting Your Journey

When will I receive my invitation?

All admitted students who are eligible to attend ATP will receive invitations via email.  Be sure that the email address you use on your application is one that you check frequently.  Students planning to begin in Spring 2015 will receive invitations in mid-November 2014.  Students planning to begin in Fall 2015 will receive invitations in January 2015 if already admitted by that time.  After the initial invitation is sent, emails go out to newly admitted students each day.

After I register for ATP, will I receive a confirmation?

You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering for your ATP date. A followup confirmation email will be sent with your confirmed ATP date. You will also receive an e-newsletter via email beginning 10 days before your scheduled ATP that includes instructions on parking, what to bring with you, and other campus reminders.

If I am attending an Extended Campus, do I 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: 270-769-1614; 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.  You will be prompted to pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) when you reserve your date online.  You are not expected to pay any additional fees at ATP.

What if I need to change the number of guests I 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.

Can I bring a parent or guest with me?

WKU welcomes parents and guests to attend ATP.  The parent program does run separately but simultaneously 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.

How do I reschedule my ATP date?

To reschedule your ATP date, please email your name, WKU ID, and top three ATP dates to  A response will confirm your new ATP date.  A list of available dates can be found on our reservation page.

How do I make a reservation for ATP?

Details on how to reserve your ATP date are included on the reservations tab in the left navigation.  If you are having difficulty, please call our office at 270-745-4242 or email us at  Our staff will be happy to walk you through the process online.

When is ATP?

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

How do I make arrangements for accommodations for disability?

If the student has a disability, please include the information in your ATP reservation.  If you have not already contacted the Student Accessibility Resource Center (formerly Student Disability Services), please contact them at 270-745-5004 (TDD:270-745-3030).
Plotting Your Course

What is the schedule for ATP?

For a sample schedule, visit our E-Newsletter & Schedules page.

I'm planning to spend the night in Bowling Green. Where should I stay?

For a list of accommodations, we suggest looking at the Bowling Green-Warren County Chamber of Commerce website.

Am I allowed to leave during the session?

No.  Students must remain on campus and in sessions in order to register for classes.  For students & guests with class or work obligations, we are happy to provide an excuse form.

Will I sign up for my classes at ATP?

Yes!  You will meet with an academic advisor from the department of your major.  The advising team will help you sign up for required (general education) courses and help you choose electives.

Can my family sit in on the advising session when I schedule my classes?

No.  The advising session is where the student journey truly begins.  It is a time to learn and begin accepting responsibility.  It is important to hear the student's voice and for him/her to be responsible for their schedule.  After registration, students will visit the ATP Finish Line where our staff will review the schedule.  Parents/guests are welcome to join the student at this time to ask questions and celebrate with that the student has received an official schedule.

Do I need to set up an appointment with my advisor before I attend ATP?

No.  Advising and Registration is a scheduled portion of our program.

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.

Where do I park?

Parking instructions and driving directions will be included in your ATP e-newsletter via email about 10 days before your ATP date.

Which placement exams are required for me?

Please visit our Placement Exams page for complete details.

Will I receive a WKU ID at ATP?

Yes!  As a part of your check-in process, you will take a photo.  At the end of the day, you will receive your Official WKU ID.

How long does the program last?

ATP at WKU is a one-day program with no overnight requirement.  The program typically lasts approximately 7 hours.  Plan to stay on campus until 4:30 p.m. on orientation day.

Can I sign up for housing at ATP?

It is highly recommended that you complete your housing application prior to attending ATP.  If it is not possible, you may visit the Housing and Residence Life office in Southwest Hall after completing ATP requirements.

Can I complete my financial aid paperwork at ATP?

No.  It is highly recommended that you begin the financial aid process prior to attending ATP.  Staff from the Office of Student Financial Assistance will be available throughout the day to answer questions about the process and educate parents/guests about their options.

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