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WKU Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into WKU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 8,303 out of 8,957 applicants or 93% were admitted making Western Kentucky University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores. Western Kentucky University typically accepts and attracts B average high school students. Only 38% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 5,266 3,691 8,957
Accepted 4,937 3,366 8,303
Acceptance Rate 94% 91% 93%
Enrolled 1,805 1,316 3,121
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 39% 38%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Kentucky University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that WKU regularly accepts students with ACTs of 19 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 94 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Kentucky University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 815. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1085 out of 1600. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 950 1220
SAT Reading 470 630
SAT Math 480 590
ACT Composite 19 26
ACT English 18 26
ACT Math 19 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >96%
22 to 26 Avg + 93%-96%
19 to 22 Avg - 89%-93%
16 to 19 Reach 84%-89%
Less than 16 Low <84%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1220 and Above Good >96%
1085 to 1220 Avg + 93%-96%
950 to 1085 Avg - 89%-93%
815 to 950 Reach 82%-89%
Less than 815 Low <82%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need about average high school grades to get into Western Kentucky University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Kentucky University was 3.2 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.2 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as WKU accepts 93% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 22% Good
3.50 to 3.75 14% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 13% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 22% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 12% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 2% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

You have 71 days left until 2017 Fall term applications are due on Aug 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Kentucky University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157951 IPEDS survey data for Western Kentucky University.



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