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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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Brandon Johnson, a WKU senior from Memphis, TN

“I was a student at WKU a decade ago, and I am back to finish my degree. WKU changed a lot! One thing that didn’t change: the professors. They still care so much and want to see me succeed academically as well as socially. I know I made the best decision.”

Brandon Johnson, WKU senior from Memphis, TN

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, we have 4 regional locations to bring our academic programs, continuing education and professional development programs to you.

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Caroline Reed, WKU senior from Bowling Green, KY

“The best part of my experience at WKU so far has been in the last year,” said Reed. “Coming back, being reunited with the WKU community, and realizing that this is my home was a wonderful feeling. This is where I’m supposed to be. I realized how much I truly love this place!”

Caroline Reed, WKU senior from Bowling Green, KY

WKU by the Numbers

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Top 10
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Students studied abroad last year

1 of 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.

Abigail Solorzano, WKU freshman, Bowling Green, KY

“WKU offered me more aid than any other university, and the scholarships I’m receiving will make it possible for me to attend WKU and receive an education that I know will change my life.”

Abigail Solorzano, WKU freshman from Bowling Green, KY
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