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Together We Climb

Together We Climb


 At Western Kentucky University, together we climb. For students that live or commute to campus, WKU offers a beautiful campus and a home away from home. In addition to the countless academic programs, there are hundreds of student organizations for each Hilltopper to join. The supportive faculty and staff are available to assist students. Plus, there are shopping options on and near campus and shuttles for students to obtain their personal needs. We hope you apply today or reach out to our Admissions Counselors to learn answers to your questions.  Together We Climb provides information relevant to all students with specific resources highlighted for students and parents of prospective Latino / Hispanic students.

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100+ Academic Programs

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WKU’s undergraduate division offers one hundred one academic majors that lead to the baccalaureate degree and 111 academic minors are available. Nine associate degree programs are offered along with thirty-seven undergraduate certificate programs.  The Graduate School at WKU offers education in 104 degree and certificate programs. The University confers a wide range of Master degrees along with a Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Psychology. WKU also offers non-degree Rank I and II and certification-only teacher education programs.

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Scholarships & Student Employment 

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TOPDollar is our main scholarship source. There are over 1,200 scholarships that can be applied for. After acceptance, your student should create a profile on TOPDollar for a chance to be matched with additional scholarships that are determined by interests and involvement. For complete details on scholarships, visit WKU's Student Financial Aid.

If you are interested in working while in college, WKU offers numerous employment opportunities across campus. Whether you're interested in working in a restaurant or a residence hall, student employment is a great way to learn professional skills and gain experience. Please remember - every student worker must have an updated FAFSA on file in order to work (with the exception to International Students). If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for Student Employment, or need to check on the status of your FAFSA, please call (270) 745-2755. A background check is also required for employment.


Scholarships at WKU


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300+ Student Organizations

Learn ways to get involved

The Department of Student Activities works to provide co-curricular activities for those who want to become involved at Western Kentucky University.  Whether it is a student organization, student government, leadership programs, campus wide programming, Downing Student Union (DSU) activities, or volunteerism programs, there is something for each student who wants to become involved. 


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What do you need to know before you start?

Application Process

Applying to WKU is a simple process. The application can be completed online in about 15-20 minutes. The creation of a username and password is required to access, complete, and check the application’s status. For first-time freshmen to be admitted, we will need their completed application, the application fee, an ACT or SAT score, and an official high school transcript.

Once a student completes their senior year of high school, we will then need a final high school transcript which includes final grades and the date of graduation. This will not delay the application process or an admissions decision.

Fee-waivers for the application are need-based only. If your student has received an ACT or SAT test waiver, or receives free or reduced lunch, they will not have to pay the application fee (their high school guidance counselor will likely need to send us the waiver).

If a student needs assistance completing the application, they should contact the Admissions office at 270-745-2551. Anyone who answers can assist you with completing the application. To access the application, please visit: www.wku.edu/apply.

Learn more about admission requirements for first-time freshmen, transfer students, and adult learners on our WKU Admissions Admit page. 


Admission Requirements


The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a no-cost application completed by both prospective and current college students in the U.S. It should be completed as soon as possible starting October 1st each year. The FAFSA utilizes parent/guardian tax information from the previous year in order to determine the type of aid an applicant qualifies for such as federal grants, work-study, and loans. Some students may be selected for additional verification. Although DACA recipients are still ineligible for federal aid at this time, they may complete the FAFSA to receive a Standard Aid Report (SAR) which can be used to apply for other University scholarships and aid.

Before starting your FAFSA, have the following information:

  • FSA ID for both the student and the dependent student's parent/ stepparent
  • Your social security number
  • Your alien registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your 2017 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • Parents' date of birth, Social Security number, marital status, and date parent was married, divorced, or widowed.  

WKU Student Financial Assistance    Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the websites above. 

WKU offers two types of automatic scholarships that are determined by unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Although we do not super-score, students are allowed to submit multiple test scores for consideration. The highest composite score will be considered for admissions and scholarships. Academic Merit awards begin at a 3.3 unweighted GPA, and a 25 on the ACT. Targeted awards are more specific but are awarded automatically to eligible students.

TOPDollar is our main scholarship source. There are over 1,200 scholarships that can be applied for. After acceptance, your student should create a profile on TOPDollar for a chance to be matched with additional scholarships that are determined by interests and involvement. For complete details on scholarships, visit WKU's Student Financial Aid.


Scholarships at WKU

Please confirm all details on this page with WKU's Student Financial Aid.

The Topper Orientation Program (TOP) is a student’s one-stop-shop to get ready for their first year on the Hill. The cost is $75, and this fee includes one guest. At orientation, students and parents are invited to spend the day on campus to attend information sessions, have lunch, and meet with representatives from every department on campus. Students will receive their WKU I.D., be assigned an academic advisor, and receive their schedule of classes. Orientation sessions are offered throughout the spring and summer. To see which TOP dates are being offered and to register, please visit TOP


Topper Orientation Program

Please confirm all details on this page with WKU Admissions.

Once a student has been admitted, the next step is to complete the online Housing application. There is a $150 deposit due at the time of application. The priority deadline to apply is March 31st, though applications are accepted through the summer. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve order. WKU requires that all full-time students live on campus for two years. Some exemptions apply.

There are a variety of residence hall styles on campus, and we encourage students to bring any approved items from the list to make their stay on campus enjoyable. For a list of approved residence hall items and housing information, please visit Housing & Residence Life and explore the Move-In Guide.

Students who commute from their parent/guardian's permanent home and primary residence (50 miles or less), or who qualify for another exemption, can complete an exemption form to live off campus their first two years. Housing provides details on the exemption and the form on their Required Housing Policy & Exemption form page.  


 WKU Housing Office 

Please confirm the application fee and priority deadlines with the HRL office.


Hilltopper Organization of Latin American Students (HOLAS)


The general purpose of HOLAS is to provide a space for Latino students and their allies.  HOLAS has several driving goals: supporting education, encouraging professional growth, providing their community with cultural experiences, and giving back to local communities.

How a student can get involved:

Students can get involved in several ways.  They can certainly join HOLAS, which meets each Monday night at 6:00 pm when school is in session.  They can join the group at any of their professional, cultural, community, or social events which are held throughout the year.  To get more information about HOLAS, students can follow us on social media.






Kayla Lofton
Would you like to learn more? Contact Kayla Lofton at 270-745-2551 or via email at kayla.lofton@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 6/5/19