Profile: Western Kentucky University

Fast Facts

Location:Bowling Green
On Campus:23%
  • Fall 08/22-12/11
  • Spring 01/25-5/13

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition Only:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
2%Two or more races

Campus Profile

Western Kentucky University is a comprehensive university.

WKU's mission is to prepare students to be productive, engaged leaders in a global society.

WKU aspires to be the university of choice for students who are dedicated to academic excellence.

The university offers an inviting, nurturing, and challenging environment, responsive to the intellectual, social, and cultural needs of a diverse learning community.

Campus Location - The Hill commands an impressive view of Bowling Green, an attractive city of 60,000 approximately 75 miles from the Nashville International Airport.

Helpful Information - The cost of off-campus housing, food and other life necessities is lower than many larger U.S. cities. The region features great outdoor recreation and cultural attractions usually only found in larger cities. From the many city and state parks to the new Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center to the Bowling Green Ballpark, home to the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the community offers your choice of activities to unwind from class or to expand your learning opportunities.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Education, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Dairy Science/Management, Golf Course Management, Horse Management, Horticulture, Livestock Production, Vitaculture, Viticulture, Water Management

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architectural Technologies

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Black Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, International Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Digital Storytelling, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Coaching, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Physical Education, Sports Communication, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Field Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Advertising, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, International Business, Local Public Management, Management, Marketing, Public Administration, Public Relations, Small Business Management, Systems Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media, Electronic Media News, Film, Journalism, Mass Communication, Multimedia, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Photo Journalism, Print Media, Television, Visual Design/Web Media

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Crime and Society, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Broadcast Meteorology, Earth Science, Geohydrology, Geology, Geosciences, Hydro-Meteorology, Meteorology, Planetary and Space Sciences

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics, International Economics

Education: Business and Marketing Education, Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Exceptional Children, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Literature, Poetry, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Natural Resources, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Recreation Management

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textile Arts, Textile Design, Textiles and Clothing

Food Science: Culinary Arts, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese, Chinese (some courses), Classical Languages, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese (some courses), Korean, Spanish

General Studies: Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Environmental Planning, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Human Geography, Planning, Rural Community Development, Spatial Geographic Information Science, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics, Environmental Health, Exercise Science, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Medical Technology, Public Health

History: Historic Preservation, History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Distribution, Industrial Technology, Industrial Technology Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Technology, Systems Programming

Interdisciplinary Studies: Popular Culture

International Studies: International Relations

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Museum Studies: Museum Studies

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, Performance, Technical Theater, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Asian Religions and Culture, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Behavioral Science, Psychology

Recreation: Leisure Studies, Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation Management, Recreation, Recreation Leadership, Recreation Resources, Sports Administration, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Rural Sociology, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Information Systems Technology, Manufacturing Technology

Closed Programs
Chinese Flagship, Nursing

Courses in the following majors may be difficult to access because of prerequisites, auditions, priorities for majors and other conditions. Engineering, Honors College, Health and Human Services (Public Health, Speech and Communication Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Environmental health Science, Health Care Administration, Exercise Science), College of Business (all departments), journalism and Broadcasting, teacher Education, Computer Information Systems, Systems Management, Music, Dance.

Notable Academic Programs
Biology/Life Science
Water Management

Unique Academic Programs
Chinese (some courses)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/29/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $150 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $90 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: The housing damage deposit is refundable based on check out status.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1000 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 002002

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Local transportation includes a campus shuttle system, limited public transportation, and shuttles offered by some apartment complexes near campus.

Meal Plans Per Semester

Notes About Meal Plans
WKU offers a variety of meal plans. The prices above reflect the cost of the # of meals per week plus meal plan dollars. See WKU website for more information. There are also pay-as-you-go options.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.