Western Kentucky University Profile

Founded in 1906, Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a leading public university located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.

The University has the following Colleges: Bowling Green Community College of Western Kentucky University; College of Health & Human Services; College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; Gordon Ford College of Business; Ogden College of Science & Engineering; Potter College of Arts & Letters.

Western Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The academic programs offered by the Gordon Ford College of Business have maintained continuous AACSB International accreditation since 1982. The Nutrition and Dietetics Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. The Department of Journalism was nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communication. The baccalaureate and MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Department of Engineering delivers ABET-accredited programs in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. The School Counseling programs are accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 35th in Tier 1 in the category "Regional Universities (South)" by US News (2011).

- Rated 10th among public master's universities in the South, up from 12th in previous year's ranking (US News “America's Best Colleges 2009”). In the ranking of all master's universities in the South, it rose from 32nd to 29th. WKU's peer ranking (3.3 out of 5) was highest among its benchmark institutions and the highest of Kentucky institutions. WKU also held steady in average freshman retention rate, student/faculty ratio, percentage of full-time faculty and SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile.

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