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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.

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Adi Schanie, WKU Senior from Louisville, KY

“My experience at News Channel 12 and the Extra Point at WKU have been invaluable. The opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom is so important, especially in the broadcasting field. The shows mimic a real newsroom environment and prepared me for an internship and subsequent full-time position at the highest-rated station in a national top 50 TV market.”

Adi Schanie, WKU Senior from Louisville, KY

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.

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Tylia Standard, WKU Senior from Columbus, OH

“Western Kentucky University empowered me to explore opportunities I didn't even know were possible. My time on The Hill has allowed me to discover my potential and flourish.”

Tylia Standard , WKU Senior from Columbus, OH

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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.

Rush Robinson, WKU Junior from Benton, KY

“My experience at WKU showed me the value of challenging myself to improve not only academically but socially as well. Through seeing the success in myself and others, I have a better sense of where I am and where I want to be. College has a way of opening your mind to perspectives you wouldn't otherwise be privy to. I have felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude from this university, one that I will not soon forget.”

Rush Robinson, WKU Junior from Benton, KY
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