Welcome to Western Kentucky University, home of the Hilltoppers. Our hilltop campus is a place of beauty and friendliness. It embraces a proud heritage and a bold, ambitious future.
WKU is in the midst of a transformation – physical, intellectual, cultural and economic – and is becoming A Leading American University with International Reach. Whether in a neighboring community or in a distant country, WKU faculty and students are engaged in relevant applied research that provides solutions to real problems.
WKU is home to many highly ranked and nationally-recognized academic programs such as Journalism and Broadcasting, Education, Engineering, Business and our award winning speech and debate team. The fastest growing university in Kentucky for 14 years straight, more than 21,000 students grace our campuses in Bowling Green, Glasgow, Owensboro and the Elizabethtown area. We also send students each semester to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England and other students circumnavigate the globe with the Semester at Sea program just to name a few.
A place where all students can succeed, WKU is the home of the Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science for exceptional Kentucky high school juniors and seniors. The Academy was named the number one high school in the U.S. in June 2012 by Newsweek. WKU is proud to have Kentucky’s first and only independent Honors College in the Commonwealth. WKU honors students enjoy an intimate scholarly environment on a vibrant campus and are encouraged to become involved in community service, applied research and study abroad. These are among the reasons why WKU is becoming the university of choice in the Commonwealth and the intellectual heartbeat of Kentucky.
WKU Vision Statement
WKU: A Leading American University with International Reach.
WKU Mission Statement
Western Kentucky University prepares students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society. It provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its constituents. WKU is responsible for stewarding a high quality of life for those within its reach.
WKU welcomes you to our beautiful campus nestled among the impressive hills of Bowling Green, KY. Please visit our Welcome Center located in the Kentucky Building upon your arrival to campus to obtain information, maps, event information and more.