Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
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.



On March 21, 1906, the Kentucky General Assembly approved legislation to establish two teacher training institutions, or "normal schools," in the state. A locating commission chose Bowling Green to be the site of one, and the Western Kentucky State Normal School was created.The new state-supported school took over the building and student body of the privately owned Southern Normal School.


The mission of the Office of Research & Creative Activity at Western Kentucky University is to provide outstanding support for the research, service, creative, and scholarly endeavors of our faculty, staff, and students. Our staff is dedicated to partnering with the university community to increase external support for these activities, while ensuring compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations.


The career counselors within The Center for Career and Professional Development can assist you with choosing a career path, whether you're trying to decide what jobs are "out there" for your major or what to "major in."

Distance Learning Courses

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)


Student services

ISO provides specialized support services to WKU's international students, scholars and their dependents, including immigration advising and guidance, programs and events, cultural adjustment, resources and so much more.

Housing services

When you "Live ON" at WKU, you have the unique opportunity to live in community with people from down the road and across the globe. Gain a new perspective, meet students in other academic and interest areas, and contribute to and learn from the marketplace of ideas at WKU.

Library services

The Department of Library Special Collections began in the late 1920s with the campaign to construct a "Kentucky Building" on WKU's campus. Dedicated on November 16, 1939, this Georgian Revival structure serves primarily as a repository for books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, audio, video, and other material documenting the history, politics, culture, literature, daily life and folkways of the Commonwealth. Following a three-year construction and renovation project that more than doubled its size, the Kentucky Building was rededicated on July 4, 1980. Since then, its collections have continued to grow, both in volume and stature, to cover not just Kentucky but the world.

Medical services

Semester Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 8:00am- 6:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pmSummer Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 8:00am- 3:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm

Student Life

Campus life

The beautiful campus nestled among the impressive hills of Bowling Green, Ky.

Sports facilities

The athletic training facility at E.A. Diddle Arena serves the needs of WKU Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, and Golf teams. This facility houses athletic training staff offices, and features five treatments tables along with four taping stations adjacent to the rehabilitation area. The hydrotherapy area includes The SwimEx 5000 Endless Pool equipped with two underwater viewing ports for evaluation and assessment, with cold plunge tanks also available to the Hilltoppers and Lady Hilltoppers for treatment. The hydrotherapy areas allow WKU athletes to conduct rehabilitation and conditioning programs under the direct supervision of the athletic training staff. Together, these two facilities provide for the medical needs of all WKU Student-Athletes.

Student clubs

The Department of Student Activities works to provide co-curricular activities for those who want to become involved at Western Kentucky University. Whether it is a student organization, student government leadership programs, campus wide programming, Downing Student Union (DSU) activities, or volunteerism programs, there is something for each student who wants to become involved.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS)

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

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