Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY 42101

Western Kentucky University is one of the eight public 4-year colleges in Kentucky. Its campus is large in size and located in Bowling Green. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 3,116 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 2,181 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 70%).

Every year 43% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeLarge
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate70%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 8 79
Bachelor's degree 22 167
Master's degree 1 29
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1926 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
12/01/1966 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
10/10/2013 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT970 to 1180
ACT19 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$425/credit
In State Students$425/credit
Out of State Students$1,063/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$589/credit
In State Students$589/credit
Out of State Students$813/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $19,125 $19,125 $47,835
ADN 70 $29,750 $29,750 $74,410
BSN 125 $53,125 $53,125 $132,875
FNP 50 $29,450 $29,450 $40,650
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of Western Kentucky University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 39% $4,151
Other Federal Grant 10% $447
State Grant & Scholarships 73% $2,555
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 46% $6,424
Federal Student Loans 54% $5,478
Private Loans 5% $9,481


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,651
$30,001 to $48,000$16,018
$48,001 to $75,000$14,488
$75,001 to $110,000$16,141
Over $110,000$15,699

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

Kentucky Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund

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Kentucky Nurses Foundation Scholarship

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.

Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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