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Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier.

Location

Address
1906 College Heights Blvd
City
Bowling Green
State
KY

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
17419
Total Graduate enrollment
3009
In State Tuition Fees
8722
Out State Tuition Fees
22248
ACT Score
25
SAT Score
1150
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.1
Male Female Ratio
43:57
Acceptance Rate
93%
Student Faculty Ratio
19:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.
Mascot
Big Red
Colors
White Red
Conference
Conference USA

College History

History

The roots of Western Kentucky University go back to 1875 with the founding of the privately owned Glasgow Normal School in Glasgow, Kentucky. This institution moved to Bowling Green in 1885 and became the Southern Normal School and Business College. The student body and building were transferred to the Western Kentucky State Normal School, when it was created by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly in 1906. The owner of the Southern Normal School, Henry Hardin Cherry, became the first president of the new school. Classes began on January 22, 1906. The school moved to its present location in 1911 on property that had been purchased in 1909 when the Pleasant J. Potter College closed. In 1922, the school was authorized by the state to grant four-year degrees and was renamed "Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College". The first four-year degrees were awarded in 1924. In 1927, the school merged with Ogden College, which occupied an adjacent campus. The name changed again in 1930 to "Western Kentucky State Teachers College". The school was authorized to offer the Master of Arts degree in 1931. Another name change took place in 1948, when the school became simply "Western Kentucky State College". WKSC merged with the Bowling Green College of Commerce, formerly the Bowling Green Business University, in 1963. Bowling Green Business University had originally been a part of the Southern Normal School and had been sold off by Henry Hardin Cherry when Southern Normal School was transferred to the state. The structure of the institution changed at this time, dividing into separate colleges. Bowling Green College of Commerce maintained its identity in this way. The Graduate School also became a constituent college. In 1965, three additional colleges were created. In 1966, Western Kentucky State College became Western Kentucky University. For many years, the school was popularly known as "Western," as indicated in its fight song, "Stand Up and Cheer." However, in recent years has indicated it prefers to be called by its initials.

College Specialty

Specialty

Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.

Alumni

Alumni

Darel Carrier, three-time ABA All-Star with the Kentucky Colonels Claire Donahue, Swimmer, Gold Medalist, 2012 Summer Olympic Games Jeremy Evans, NBA player with the Utah Jazz and 2012 Slam Dunk Champion Tellis Frank, former NBA player with the Miami Heat Clem Haskins, former NBA player with Phoenix Suns, former NCAA basketball coach at WKU and the University of Minnesota Courtney Lee, NBA player, Memphis Grizzlies guard Virgil Livers, former NFL player, Chicago Bears Crystal Kelly, former WNBA player, now women's assistant basketball coach at Bellarmine University Jim McDaniels, former ABA and NBA player Kenny Perry, professional golfer, PGA Tour and Champions Tour Bobby Rascoe, former ABA & NBA player Rod Smart, XFL player known as "He Hate Me" Chris Turner, MLB player/catcher for the New York Yankees Ken Waller, bodybuilder Steve Crocker, Former SCM 50 Freestyle World Record Holder, 1996 WKU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Art Spoelstra, former NBA Player Dee Gibson, former BAA and NPBL Player Greg Smith, former NBA Player Don Ray, former NBA player

Campus

Campus

200 acres (.81�km�)

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