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WKU Admissions Timeline

WKU Admissions Timeline

Quick Steps

Take the ACT or SAT

Visit Campus

Apply for Admission 

Fill out the TOP Dollar Scholarship Application

Apply for External Scholarships

Complete your FAFSA

Apply for Housing

Attend TOP  (WKU's new student orientation program.)

Sign up for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan is an extended orientation program for first year students.)



Important Dates

August 1st - Application opens for current high school seniors

October 1st - FAFSA submission for the 2021/2022 school year utilizing 2019 tax information

December 1st - Fall 2021 Housing Application Opens

December 1st - Honors Application and Cherry Presidential Scholarship Deadline

February 1st -TOP Dollar Scholarship Application Deadline

March 31st - Priority Housing Deadline

May 1st - Deadline for Accepting Scholarships 

Checklist for Sophomores      Checklist for Juniors      Checklist for Seniors


The Complete Timeline

  • Sophomore and Junior Year of High School

    • Fill out the online inquiry form to get on WKU's mailing list.
    • Get involved with clubs and organizations that will provide leadership opportunities.
    • Take challenging courses that will prepare you for college-level coursework.
    • Sign up for dual credit courses that allow you to earn college credit while you work toward your high school diploma.
    • Take the STAMP test after completing your second year of foreign language while the material is fresh on your mind. While this test is not required, a score of novice or higher may exempt you from foreign language requirements in college.
    • Talk with your guidance counselor about courses you should take to meet the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum.
  • Senior Year

    • August

      • Application for admission opens.
      • Prepare a list of questions for college representatives so that you will get all the answers you need.
      • Begin thinking about what type of college you want – large, small, public, private, there are so many options!
      • Start scheduling college visits.
      • Schedule ACT or SAT test dates.
      • If you don’t already have an appropriate email address, create one! Use your first name and last name.
    • September

      • Start going on college visits – visiting is imperative! We want you to make an informed decision about college, and official college visits are the best way to be informed!
      • DiscoverWKU events begin – register to attend one in your area!
      • Contact your admissions counselor (find your counselor) – the better you know them, the more they can help you.
      • Talk with your family about college. Your parents know you better than anyone (even if you think they don’t) – they can certainly give you good advice. Also, it is important to ask them if they plan to contribute to your college fund and what their expectations are as far as academic performance and involvement. Look at the Net Price Calculator – it will help.
      • Begin filling out college applications and submit all required application material.
        Keep in mind: when you apply, if it has been more than three weeks, give your admissions counselor a call! We can check on your application status.
      • Begin going to college fairs in your area and college visits at your high school.
        Tip: print labels with your full name, mailing address, email address, high school and graduation year for the info cards. It’ll save you time and ensure that we spell everything correctly.
      • Prepare your family for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by applying for an FSA ID for both parent and student via www.fsaid.ed.gov
    • October

      • Continue filling out college applications and going on college visits.
      • Contact your admissions counselor for information about scholarships or competitive admissions programs (e.g. Mahurin Honors College).
      • If you still aren’t happy with your ACT or SAT score, sign up to take it one more time before the end of the year.
      • Complete your FAFSA as close to October 1st as possible
        TIP: Kentucky State Aid is granted to qualifying KY resident students on a first come first serve basis until funds are exhausted. Early applications for qualifying students means more access to grant funding.
    • November

      • Strive to finish your college applications. A complete application includes:
        • Application 
        • $50 application fee (or waiver, if you qualify. Your high school guidance counselor will likely need to send us the waiver.)
        • Official high school transcript (submitted through mail or Parchment)
        • ACT or SAT scores
      • Continue talking to your family about college options. 
    • December

    • January

      • Stop into your guidance counselor’s office and ask if there are any community scholarship applications available. If they aren’t available yet, check back on a weekly basis.
    • February

      • TOP Dollar Scholarship Application is due on February 1.
      • Fill out the housing application. Assignments are made based on the order in which applications are received. There is a $150 security deposit for the housing application.
      • In February, you will receive an email about Topper Orientation Program dates. TOP is a required student orientation where you will schedule your courses for the fall semester. Sign up early!
    • March

      • Priority Housing Deadline is March 31! Make sure that you have your application in by that date.
      • Attend a follow up visit! Contact the department you’re interested in to see if you can meet with a faculty member or sit in on a class.
      • If you have questions about Financial Aid, now is the time to get them answered!
      • If you are have been admitted through the Summer Scholars program, keep an eye on your email for more information.
    • April

      • TOP season begins! Remember, the earlier you attend, the bigger class selection you will have. Also, be prepared to take your student ID photo!
      • It is time to make your final decision about college. Use the school’s net price calculator to make an informed decision about potential cost of college. Talk with your parents again about your decision.
        Tip: Make your decision based on YOUR needs. It is your four years. Don’t pick your college based on your best friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
      • Sign up for a meal plan.
    • May

      • Accept all scholarships before May 1, which is the national deadline for accepting all offers.
      • Check Topnet to review your financial aid package.
      • Enjoy your last month of high school!
      • A few days before you graduate, talk with your guidance counselor and make sure they send a final high school transcript (with your final grades and graduation date on it) to WKU.
      • If you’ve taken any dual credit courses during high school, have an official transcript sent to the Admissions Office so that you can receive credit for those courses.
      • If you were admitted to the Mahurin Honors College, keep an eye on your mail for the H4 application and sign up.
      • Did you take AP exams? Be sure to have your scores sent to WKU through College Board for class credit!
    • June

      • The Parent PLUS Loan application is available on June 1. 
      • Check Topnet to review your financial aid package. If needed, you should also be making decisions about loans to fund the difference between your bill and financial aid package. 
      • If you did not attend an early TOP, attend one in June!
      • Start shopping for college!
        Tip: WKU has Twin XL beds – get sheets and blankets that will fit the beds! [Housing FAQ]
      • Sign up for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan – WKU’s one week orientation for incoming freshmen.
    • July

      • July 15 is the priority deadline to have all loan requirements completed for financial aid. This will ensure they are processed before your bill is due.
      • Finish shopping for residence hall room supplies. [Housing FAQ]
      • Contact your roommate, if you haven’t already.
      • Attend TOP!
      • Know when you're moving in and get ready for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan!

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 Last Modified 4/30/21