Adult Learner Services
Adult Learner Services
At Western Kentucky University, we understand the needs and commitments of adult learners. We recognize that life doesn’t stop when you want to attend college. Whether your goal is to complete an associate degree, finish your bachelor’s degree, pursue a graduate degree, or simply earn one of our many certificates, the office of Adult Learner Services is here to assist you.
Face-to-face: Traditional courses that meet on campus in a classroom or lab setting with face-to-face student and professor interaction.
WKU Online offers semester-based, online classes that follow the same schedule as face-to-face courses. These courses have specific start and end dates with terms beginning in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. A second online option is the on demand format. On demand allows you to register almost any day of the year and finish your class at an accelerated rate or over an extended time frame.
WKU Connect: Video conference-based distance courses that provide a familiar traditional classroom experience for students with real-time interaction through microphones and cameras.
WKU offers a variety of degree programs and certificates. View the full list of degree options.
If you are interested in online programs, you can search 100% online degree programs by area of interest.
If you are transferring to WKU and would like to view our academic transfer plans, click here.
Project Graduate is a statewide effort dedicated to helping adults finish degrees they started earlier in life. As a partner in this initiative, WKU Adult Learner Services assists all adult learners by providing individualized services, such as enrollment counseling, academic advising, student support services, and more.
Finish your degree
Most adult learners are subject to the same admission standards as other students. However, if you're an adult learner, and you do not meet one of the established requirements listed, you may write a letter of appeal.
The established undergraduate admission requirements for students with 0-24 credit hours state that ONE of the following must be met:
- ACT composite of 20 or greater
- SAT combined score of 1020 or greater
- Minimum high school GPA of 2.50
- Achieve the required Composite Admission Index (CAI) score
Undergraduate Students 21 Years of Age and Older:
If you have not taken ACT or SAT entrance exam you are not required to do so. You may choose to take the ACCUPLACER instead.
At WKU, we understand that your high school GPA may NOT be indicative of your ability to succeed in college. After all, as an adult learner, you're in a much different life stage than that of your 16 year old self! So, what's next?
If you do not have an ACT/SAT on file AND do not meet the minimum high school GPA, please email a letter of appeal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Providing the following information:
- Explanation of what has changed (level of maturity, experience, commitment, etc) since high school
- Why this GPA does not reflect your true abilities
A standardized test score is required to place incoming students into the appropriate English and Reading courses. Accuplacer NextGen is an option for students without a standardized test score on file or would like to test out of a supplemental reading course or have expired exam scores. Should a student need to take a placement exam, they will be notified from the Office of Admissions and/or the College Readiness Staff in the Advising & Career Development Center. To review a list of all placement exams accepted at WKU, please visit the College Readiness Website. To learn more about Accuplacer and to schedule your exam, please click here.