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First-time Freshmen Requirements

First-time Freshmen Requirements


SAT scores will be converted to an equivalent ACT score.

To be admitted, a student must:

  1. Have at least a 2.00 unweighted high school GPA, and
  2. Achieve a Composite Admission Index (CAI) score of at least 60.

Students admitted to WKU may be placed in an appropriate academic support program based on academic needs at the time of admission. Students will be notified regarding any academic placement by the appropriate office.

Students who achieve the required CAI score, but have a GPA between a 2.00-2.49 will be admitted to WKU via the Summer Scholars Program.


What tests are required for beginning freshmen?

Either the ACT or SAT is required for all beginning freshmen who are less than 21 years old. Please note, essay scores for the ACT and SAT are not evaluated for admission, scholarship, or placement purposes.  Admission and scholarship decisions will be made using the highest composite score on file at the time of review.  Test dates and registration information may be obtained from a high school counselor or the test company:



What documents must be submitted?

All beginning freshmen must submit official high school transcripts and either ACT or SAT scores. Students that are 21 or older are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores, but may do so if scores are available.


Pre-College Curriculum

The Office of Admissions checks for the successful completion of the Pre-College Curriculum (PCC).
Successful completion of the PCC means that:
  1. The student met the KY minimum high school graduation requirements (Note: Students not graduating from a KY high school do not have to meet Kentucky PCC requirements.  Out-of-state students are expected to meet the PCC requirements of their home state.)
  2. Two credits of a single world language (Admission to WKU may still be granted without the completion of two credits of a single world language.)

Students 21 years of age or older are exempt from the WKU Pre-College Curriculum requirement.  


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 Last Modified 3/17/20