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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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Keilen Frazier, WKU sophomore from Louisville, KY

“I chose WKU because this is the best place in the nation for what I wanted to study (photojournalism). WKU is big enough to have a lot of opportunities but small enough to be a community and have that family feel. I love that I feel like I have a place where I belong. WKU, in my first two years alone, has given me so many opportunities to be better and given me a bright path for my career.”

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

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Zena Pare, WKU junior from Alvaton, KY

“When I started applying to colleges, the ability to study abroad was important to my college choice. Being able to use the Cherry Presidential Scholarship award to study abroad confirmed WKU as the school for me. I joined the Semester at Sea program as a freshman and traveled to Costa Rica as a sophomore. As a member of the Mahurin Honors College, MHC faculty and staff cared if I came here and truly wanted me to succeed.”

Zena Pare, WKU junior from Alvaton, KY

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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.

Rachel Campoy, WKU freshman from Nicholasville, KY

“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.”

Rachel Campoy, WKU freshman from Nicholasville, KY
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