Western Kentucky University

Benefits of ATP

Read below for information on a typical day is like for students and parents.

Student ATP

ATP is required for all students seeking a degree at main or south campus in Bowling Green, KY at WKU.  A few students may need to check-in earlier than 8:00 a.m. in order to take a Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE).  If your student needs to take the CPE, they would have received specific notification via mail and email

At ATP, students will check-in around 8:00 a.m. Central Time to attend an Official Welcome to The Hill in the morning and learn what the day will hold.   For a specific check-in time, please refer to your student's newsletter received a week before ATP called The Big Red Message

Although you attend the Welcome together, students will be dismissed from the group to attend a Question and Answer Panel, a session discussing how to navigate technology on campus, and a participate in a group activity.  Students will also spend significant time preparing to meet with their academic advisor in the afternoon by learning about what classes are required, support services on campus, and other learning opportunities.  In the afternoon, students will meet the Dean of their college that houses the major they have chosen and then meet with an academic advisor in a small group setting.  After meeting with an advisor, your student will receive their official class schedule and return to the ATP Finish Line where we will double check their schedule, and wrap up the day with them.  At that point, students will finish the day by receiving their WKU ID card at the ID Center, then you will be free to go. 

Students are required to stay the entire day in order to receive a class schedule, and it is important that they attend all sessions.  Because the day is busy, there isn't time on a typical ATP day for other appointments on campus for them.  Students typically finish with their day between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

Parent ATP

If you choose to attend Parent ATP, you will also begin your day by attending the Official Welcome to The Hill with your student.  After the students are dismissed to sessions, you will learn about involvement on The Hill and how to reserve books at the WKU Store.  There will be several blocks of sessions during a portion of your day on many topics including:  Housing and Residence Life, MASTER Plan, Couseling and Testing Opportunities, Study Abroad, How Students Succeed in College, and many more.

After lunch, you will attend a presentation from Student Financial Assistance covering loans, scholarships, and billing information, then participate in a Parent Question and Answer Panel.  Once the main portion of the programming has concluded, you can choose to attend an Information Fair, view a mock residence hall room in Minton Hall, or visit a department of your choosing to have more specific questions answered.  You and yourr student will meet again after they return to the ATP Finish Line to have any last questions answered. 

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 Last Modified 7/22/13