Climb With Us
Exceptional academic programs, applied learning opportunities, and world-renowned faculty are only part of what makes the WKU experience unparalleled. Your hopes, dreams and ideas are important to us. We strive to provide you with an environment where creativity is nurtured and intellect grows. WKU is a student centered, applied research university. That means we are dedicated to making sure you achieve your goals and graduate with skills for success. You will not only graduate with a diploma, you will enter the real world with experience that makes you stand out above the rest.Apply Now Visit Campus
“The Hilltopper Spirit is about being willing to achieve your goals and go after what you want in life. No matter what background you may come from, you will never feel excluded from anything while on the Hill.”
Bowling Green, KY
Located in the heart of Kentucky's third-largest city, our hilltop campus is a place of beauty and friendliness. Whether you're looking to explore the natural world, walk to a restaurant downtown, or catch a sporting event, Bowling Green has a variety of attractions for WKU students and their families to enjoy. Additionally, Bowling Green is located approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville, making it easy to travel to other regional destinations.
In addition to the campus in Bowling Green, WKU’s Regional Campuses in Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox, Glasgow, Owensboro, and Somerset bring our academic programs, continuing education and professional development programs to you.Learn More Regional Campuses
“I strongly believe in the value of visual communications, and I wanted to study the craft at the best university I could. After doing some research and receiving advice from mentors and professors, I knew WKU would be a good fit for me. The professors in the Photojournalism department are always encouraging us to do our best, helping us refine applications or providing us with opportunities to network with industry professionals. The things I've learned and the friendships I've made along the way are definitely my favorite part of WKU.”
WKU by the Numbers
Average Class Size
Cities in the U.S.
Freshmen Receiving Scholarship Aid
1 in 4
Campuses in the World Named a Safe Community
Rewarding Hard Work
and Increasing Access
Most of WKU’s merit scholarships are based on high school GPA instead of standardized test scores. Explore the many scholarship opportunities available to you at WKU.Scholarships
“The Hilltopper Guarantee allowed me to have a full college experience away from home. While the scholarship is designed to help cover the cost of tuition, knowing my tuition would be covered gave me the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, such as being a part of my sorority and Living Learning Community (LLC). As a result, I am forming these really close friendships. I love the close-knit community, small class sizes and one-on-one attention that you get at WKU.”
WKU Regents approve ROTC facility name, emeritus appointmentsDate Posted: August 12, 2022
During its third quarterly meeting of the calendar year Friday (August 12), the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents approved a new name for the ROTC Physical Training Facilities located at...
View from the Hill: McChesney Field CampusDate Posted: August 11, 2022
A huge outdoor classroom located just 20 minutes from WKU’s main campus offers endless opportunities for learning and connecting. In this week’s View from the Hill, WKU’s Amy Bingham shows all...