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Submitted by Kayla Bitner, WKU Public Affairs:

5 Things You Didn’t Know About WKU

Western Kentucky University was founded in Bowling Green in 1906 and has served as a place for higher learning and personal advancement ever since. In addition to our Bowling Green campus, we are proud to have three conveniently-located regional campuses in Glasgow, Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, and Owensboro. You are likely familiar with our iconic red towel, Cherry Hall, and Big Red (the best mascot ever), but that’s not all we’re known for! Read on to learn five things you didn’t know about WKU.

  1. WKU is a student-centered, applied research institution.
    Our vision of learning is one that places students of all walks of life at the center of a hands-on learning experience. Hilltoppers track storms on the ground when severe weather hits, design state-of-the-art energy solutions for global corporations, research solutions to help those with Parkinson’s disease, and develop comprehensive marketing plans for real businesses in the region. With an average class size of 24.1, our faculty strive to give personal attention to develop meaningful relationships that make a lasting impact on our students, our community, and our world.
  2. Last year, WKU earned more than 35 top recognitions for academic programs.
    U.S. News reported WKU one of the top public schools and within the best colleges for veterans. In addition, WKU was named #1 Value College in the Top Best Online Colleges in Kentucky. Nationally, WKU is in the top five most affordable online colleges for MSW Programs, Master’s in Education Technology, and Master in Teacher degrees. And those are just a few of our accolades! At WKU, you can pursue your passions knowing you’re learning from dedicated faculty in leading programs. In fact, we are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Learn more about our accreditations.
  3. WKU offers more than 100 online degree options.

Our online programs have been ranked among the top in the nation. We have options for bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs; hybrid degree programs; and On Demand courses where you can learn at your own pace. WKU students have access to support services designed specifically for online learners. Services range from an online orientation and library tutorial to an online writing center, online tutoring, and career services – all easily accessible and free of charge. Learn more about all of our online degrees.

  1. WKU is one of only four college campuses in the world named a Safe Community.
    Since 2014, Western Kentucky University has been accredited by the National Safety Council as a Safe Community. WKU is the fourth university, and 25th community to receive this accreditation. The WKU Police force is a full-service agency operating 24/7 that offers a free safety escort service, crime prevention, active shooter training, and more. We have many other services that ensure the safety of our students each and every day of the year. Learn more about our campus safety initiatives.
  2. Our Bowling Green campus is a certified arboretum.
    WKU is home to more than 3,400 trees spread across our 250 acre campus. Walking through Centennial Mall in spring, you can’t help but fall in love with the delicate cherry blossom trees. In fall, our maple and oak trees explode in vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges as the cold air settles in. Many of our students bring their portable hammocks to campus to set up between two trees and enjoy our beautiful green spaces. Summer is a great time to see campus and enjoy all the lush scenery. Schedule a tour today!

To learn more things you didn’t know about WKU, visit

PMA would like to thank WKU Public Affairs for continuing to be active within this organization and its continued sponsorship of meetings. PMA appreciates the community-driven nature of its members. Listen to the WKU Public Affairs presentation at the June 18, 2019 membership meeting.



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