WKU Campus Visits and Tours
Western Kentucky University
WKU Campus Tours
A Western Kentucky University campus tour is your opportunity to visit our beautiful campus on the hilltop overlooking Bowling Green, KY. You’ll hear from our student tour guides about our majors and academic programs as well as the variety of student clubs and organizations you can be a part of, including Greek Life, marching band and our student newspaper, the WKU Herald. We have nearly 20,000 students, and we hope that you’ll become one of us — a WKU Hilltopper.
The WKU Admissions Office believes that campus tours are an important part of your college search, because schools have personalities too! It’s not just about walking around; it’s an opportunity to see if your personality matches ours. At WKU, we’re all about spirit, and we take pride in our students’ drive to seek an education, better themselves, and climb hilltops beyond our campus. We strive to model our first president’s motto “The Spirit Makes The Master,” and we love our mascot Big Red, the representation of our collective spirit, who appears at our Division I sporting events.
Experience Bowling Green, KY After Your WKU Campus Visit
As the third-largest city in Kentucky, Bowling Green is known for its dining scene, tourist sites, and being the corporate headquarters for several major companies. The city of Bowling Green is often ranked as one of the best college towns and was profiled in Reader’s Digest as one of the Nicest Places to Live in America. Here is a list of attractions, museums, parks, and more that you can enjoy after you tour our Bowling Green campus.
Self-Guided or Virtual Tour of WKU
Want to take a self-guided tour? Simply download our free iWKU app. The tour feature is located within the “Campus Info” section of the iWKU application.
We’ve created a virtual tour if you can’t wait to get here or if you are unable to visit. You’ll see our campus landmarks, hear from a current WKU student, and take a look inside a residence hall room. View our virtual campus tour to learn all sorts of fun facts about campus or check out the interactive campus map.
WKU Group Visits
Interested in bringing a large group of students to visit one of the most beautiful college campuses in the South? Check out our Group Visits page to see what options are available for your group!
Sign Up for a Western Kentucky University Campus Tour
WKU is looking forward to welcoming you to our campus! Sign up for a campus visit or request more information about Western Kentucky University.
FAQs about Western Kentucky University Admissions Tours
We suggest that prospective students sign up for a tour as soon as possible. Tours begin at the Augenstein Alumni Center, where the admissions staff give a short presentation. Then your guide will show you the campus, the student union, and the inside of a residence hall.
Our campus tours generally take place two to three times per day, Monday through Friday, during the regular fall and spring semesters. We also conduct tours on select Saturdays during this time period. Our campus tours last approximately two hours.
We post our tour dates for registration in advance, and you may view and sign up for our currently available tour dates/times by clicking ‘schedule tour’ above. If you are having difficulty utilizing our tour website, we are also able to take tour reservations over the phone at 270-745-2551. An automated email confirmation will be sent out around 15 minutes after your tour registration. The email will include the starting location and parking information.
In addition to an overview of the campus grounds, our student tour guides lead guests into our student center, one of our residence halls, and our student workout facility.
In addition to our campus tours, we also conduct recruitment events during the fall and spring semesters. Feel free to go to our Upcoming Eventspage to learn more and sign up for these events.
Upon request, we will provide you with the necessary contact information via email for you to arrange an opportunity to meet with a departmental representative in your academic area of interest. Be sure to indicate your request within the special requests section when registering online, or let our staff know if you are registering over the phone.
If you are unable to attend your campus visit, you may decline your tour through your confirmation email, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and date of your original reservation, or call us at 270-745-2551.
In order for our guests to have the very best experience, there are only so many spots
that we offer for each tour. If you sign up to be on the waiting list for a tour that
is full, you will receive an email confirming your spot on the waiting list. In the
event another guest cancels and we are able to accommodate your group, you will receive
an email confirming your registration.
We offer the flexibility for guests to participate in our Self-Guided and/or Virtual Tour by following the above instructions on this page. The Self-Guided Tour offers an extensive array of interactive features, so this is a great way to explore our campus without having to officially register for a WKU Admissions campus tour.
Yes, our campus tour operations do carry over into the summer term (mid-May through late August), and we offer multiple tours Monday through Friday during this period.
Unfortunately, we do not conduct campus tours when our university is closed due to the observance of a major holiday. For a list of these dates, please go to ourAcademic Calendar.
Specific driving and parking directions are emailed to tour guests after their tour registration is confirmed by our office. All tour guests are directed to park in our Alumni Square Garage (ASG), and parking validations will be provided to guests upon signing in for their scheduled tour. Upon request, we can also provide guests with a one-day Admissions Guest Parking Pass that will allow visitors to park in other designated parking lots on our campus.
Admissions Guest Parking Passes are only distributed upon request to registered tour guests on the day of their scheduled visit.
You may want to bring an umbrella depending on the weather, but you are not required to bring anything in order to participate. We would also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes since a large portion, or all, of your tour will be conducted in a walking format.
Yes! The Hyatt Place is the official hotel of WKU and is within walking distance of campus. If you are booking a room for your WKU visit, please call them at 270-467-0001 and provide the discount code of 20850.
A popular spot to eat lunch on campus is in the Downing Student Union (DSU). DSU houses The Fresh Food Company and the DSU Food Court. The Fresh Food Company is an all-you-care-to-eat restaurant that provides our guests with a variety of dining options. The DSU Food Court houses Papa John's, Chick-fil-A, and Steak ‘n Shake! Other restaurant options can be found on thedining webpage.
Come Visit Western Kentucky University!
Consider a WKU campus tour—the Admissions Office looks forward to your visit. Sign up today!