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Welcome to Western Kentucky University (WKU), home of the Hilltoppers. Our hilltop campus is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city with a population of more than 70,000 approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville, and is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Schedule a campus tour www.wku.edu/admissions/tours.php drop or take a virtual tour at www.wku.edu/tour . In addition to its main campus in Bowling Green, WKU has locations at South Campus, the WKU Innovation Campus, and the WKU Agriculture and Research Education Center. WKU also has regional locations in Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox, Glasgow, Owensboro, and Somerset, which extend our academic programs, continuing education and professional development programs into the communities we serve.

WKU’s undergraduate division provides four-year programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees. Ninety-seven (97) academic majors lead to the baccalaureate degree and seventy-four (74) academic minors are available. A number of professional and pre-professional advising tracks provide additional options.  

Four (4) associate degree programs are offered leading to the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, Associate of Science in Nursing and Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Thirty-six (36) undergraduate certificate programs are also offered.

The Graduate School at WKU offers graduate education in eighty-eight (88) degree and certificate programs. The University confers the Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Health Administration, Master of Music, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Social Work, Specialist in Education, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Psychology. WKU also offers non-degree Rank I and II and certification-only teacher education programs.

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2.  The Valley

Pioneer Log Cabin is one of Campus Tour.

3.  Pioneer Log Cabin

PS1 / Facilities Management is one of Campus Tour.

4.  PS1 / Facilities Management

E.A. Diddle Arena is one of Campus Tour.

5.  E.A. Diddle Arena

Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium is one of Campus Tour.

6.  Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium

WKU Charles M. Ruter Track & Field Complex is one of Campus Tour.

7.  WKU Charles M. Ruter Track & Field Complex

Paul C. Orberson Baseball Clubhouse is one of Campus Tour.

8.  Paul C. Orberson Baseball Clubhouse

Nick Denes Field is one of Campus Tour.

9.  Nick Denes Field

WKU Softball Complex is one of Campus Tour.

10.  WKU Softball Complex

Zacharias Hall is one of Campus Tour.

11.  Zacharias Hall

Meredith Hall is one of Campus Tour.

12.  Meredith Hall

Douglas Keen Hall is one of Campus Tour.

13.  Douglas Keen Hall

PFT Tower Food Court is one of Campus Tour.

14.  PFT Tower Food Court

Pearce Ford Tower is one of Campus Tour.

15.  Pearce Ford Tower

Hugh Poland Hall is one of Campus Tour.

16.  Hugh Poland Hall

Barnes Campbell Hall is one of Campus Tour.

17.  Barnes Campbell Hall

Bemis Lawrence Hall is one of Campus Tour.

18.  Bemis Lawrence Hall

Doctoral Studies & Applied Research is one of Campus Tour.

19.  Doctoral Studies & Applied Research

WKU Health Services is one of Campus Tour.

20.  WKU Health Services

21.  Preston Health & Activities Center

Guthrie Tower and Courtyard is one of Campus Tour.

22.  Guthrie Tower and Courtyard

Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) is one of Campus Tour.

23.  Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH)

Gary A Ransdell Hall is one of Campus Tour.

24.  Gary A Ransdell Hall

Academic Complex is one of Campus Tour.

25.  Academic Complex

Downing Student Union is one of Campus Tour.

26.  Downing Student Union

Centennial Mall is one of Campus Tour.

27.  Centennial Mall

Southwest Hall is one of Campus Tour.

28.  Southwest Hall

Northeast Hall is one of Campus Tour.

29.  Northeast Hall

Bates Runner Hall is one of Campus Tour.

30.  Bates Runner Hall

The Bate Shop at WKU is one of Campus Tour.

31.  The Bate Shop at WKU

McLean Hall is one of Campus Tour.

32.  McLean Hall

Grise Hall is one of Campus Tour.

33.  Grise Hall

Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is one of Campus Tour.

34.  Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky

Craig Alumni Center - WKU Alumni Association is one of Campus Tour.

35.  Craig Alumni Center - WKU Alumni Association

Chandler Memorial Chapel is one of Campus Tour.

36.  Chandler Memorial Chapel

Wetherby Administration Building is one of Campus Tour.

37.  Wetherby Administration Building

Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center (FAC) is one of Campus Tour.

38.  Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center (FAC)

Raymond Cravens Library is one of Campus Tour.

39.  Raymond Cravens Library

Helm-Cravens Library is one of Campus Tour.

40.  Helm-Cravens Library

William "Gander" Terry Colonnade and Amphitheatre is one of Campus Tour.

41.  William "Gander" Terry Colonnade and Amphitheatre

Potter Hall is one of Campus Tour.

42.  Potter Hall

Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex is one of Campus Tour.

43.  Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex

Augenstein Alumni Center is one of Campus Tour.

44.  Augenstein Alumni Center

Van Meter Hall is one of Campus Tour.

45.  Van Meter Hall

Gordon Wilson Hall is one of Campus Tour.

46.  Gordon Wilson Hall

Garrett Conference Center is one of Campus Tour.

47.  Garrett Conference Center

Cherry Hall is one of Campus Tour.

48.  Cherry Hall

College High Hall is one of Campus Tour.

49.  College High Hall

Faculty House is one of Campus Tour.

50.  Faculty House

Industrial Education Building is one of Campus Tour.

51.  Industrial Education Building

Sofia-Downing International Center is one of Campus Tour.

52.  Sofia-Downing International Center

Environmental Sciences & Technology Building is one of Campus Tour.

53.  Environmental Sciences & Technology Building

Hardin Planetarium is one of Campus Tour.

54.  Hardin Planetarium

Engineering and Biological Sciences Building is one of Campus Tour.

55.  Engineering and Biological Sciences Building

Thompson Complex Central Wing is one of Campus Tour.

56.  Thompson Complex Central Wing

Snell Hall is one of Campus Tour.

57.  Snell Hall

President's Residence is one of Campus Tour.

58.  President's Residence

WKU South Campus is one of Campus Tour.

59.  WKU South Campus

Knicely Conference Center is one of Campus Tour.

60.  Knicely Conference Center

Parking & Transportation is one of Campus Tour.

61.  Parking & Transportation

Western Kentucky University - The Center for Research & Development is one of Campus Tour.

62.  Western Kentucky University - The Center for Research & Development

WKU Intramural Complex is one of Campus Tour.

63.  WKU Intramural Complex

WKU Sustainability Farm is one of Campus Tour.

64.  WKU Sustainability Farm

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Governor Andy Beshear tours WKU’s Innovation Campus

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Today, Governor Andy Beshear visited the WKU Innovation Campus in Bowling Green.

Representatives from the university gave Beshear a tour of the 280,000-square-foot facility that acts as a hub for innovation, collaboration, and investment in the community.

He says places like the hub showcase what’s going on in the state. “We are the destination right now for world-class companies that used to claim they didn’t have our number,” Gov. Beshear said.

He says his hope by the end of the General Assembly is to come out with a budget that is good for education and innovation. Gov. Beshear went on to say that the economy forced cuts to higher education for years in Kentucky, but that it should no longer be the case.

According to The WKU Innovation Campus website, companies served by the facility generated more than $2 billion of revenue and have worked with more than 500 businesses in the past 5 years.

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Registration Open for High School Financial Summer Camp

  • Monday, February 12th, 2024

Registration Open for High School Financial Summer Camp

The Center for Financial Success (CFS) at Western Kentucky University is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2024 Personal Finance Summer Camp targeted towards rising 10th-grade through 12th-grade students. Thanks to the generous and ongoing support of Abound Credit Union, the camp will provide a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in personal finance education and campus life.

Abound Credit Union's commitment to financial education has been exemplified through their continued sponsorship of the Personal Finance Summer Camp. Since joining forces with the WKU Center for Financial Success in 2022, Abound Credit Union has expanded its support, recognizing the positive impact the camp has on students. In 2023, the Credit Union pledged a 3-year sponsorship totaling $75,000 to further empower students with essential financial skills.

“We know the value in laying the foundation for these students,” said Ray Springsteen, President/CEO Abound Credit Union. “This camp will always provide opportunities for students hungry for success. It’s an honor to support it and prove to these students (early on) that we are here for their journey,” said Springsteen. 

The multi-year sponsorship not only supports the camp's operational costs but also provides critical scholarships for attendees, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder students from participating in this transformative experience. Additionally, the funding expands the camp's programming, enhancing the overall educational impact.

The Personal Finance Summer Camp is scheduled to take place from June 9 th to June 13 th . During the five-day program, campers will reside on the WKU campus, engaging in a variety of activities such as personal finance workshops, leadership training, guest speaker sessions, and a financial plan case study competition. The case study requires teams to construct a financial plan for a mock client, culminating in a presentation on the final day. Campers will also have the opportunity to visit local financial firms, where advisors will serve as valuable resources for the case study competition. Throughout the camp, WKU finance students will act as counselors, providing guidance and support.

“The WKU Personal Finance Summer Camp is one of the events we look forward to most each year., said Andrew Head, Director of Center for Financial Success. Not only does our team get to educate campers about lessons and habits that they will use their entire lives, but it is also genuinely  fun  for everyone involved. We are beyond grateful to Abound Credit Union for all of the support they provide to help make this actually happen!”

To register or learn more about the Personal Finance Summer Camp, please visit https://www.wku.edu/program/fincamp . The Early Bird Deadline is April 15 th .  Don't miss this chance to equip Kentucky's youth with crucial financial skills for a successful future.

WKU’s Center for Financial Success (CFS): The Center for Financial Success is housed in WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business in Bowling Green, KY. The Center provides resources to aid the university and regional community in becoming financially informed and independent by utilizing a combination of faculty expertise, peer-to-peer coaching, and applied financial planning education. 

Abound Credit Union : Abound Credit Union, a leader in financial education, has been providing valuable banking solutions to help hardworking Kentucky families thrive for 70 years. We’ve grown over the years and now have 18 locations, $2 billion in assets and over 115,000 military and civilian members. The Credit Union was named 2021’s Best Mortgage Lender and Best Financial Institution in The News-Enterprise Readers’ Choice Awards and has been recognized for its leadership in financial education at the state and national level. Abound Credit Union is also proud to be one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky. It’s simple to become a Member, visit our website at www.AboundCU.com to see how you may be eligible.

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Class of 2027 QB Jameson Purcell talks Kentucky offer

W ith the news of Liam Coen departing, the Kentucky Wildcats are still offering many recruits on the offensive side, as they recently just offered class of 2027 quarterback Jameson Purcell.

Purcell is a 6-foot-2 quarterback from Park Ridge, Illinois. He has received other offers from Louisville, New Mexico State, Auburn, and WKU, among others.

As for how Purcell felt after being offered from Kentucky.

“It felt great to get an offer from an SEC school like Kentucky,” Purcell tells A Sea of Blue. “I was so honored and excited! They have a great coaching staff, phenomenal facilities, and a stellar program.”

When asked about what he would like to see out of the next offensive coordinator when that is chosen after the departure of Coen.

“I would love to see a pro-style offense and a spread offense,” Purcell says. “You can attack downfield, establish the run, and use intermediate throws.”

With Coen leaving, so far Purcell’s main recruiter at Kentucky has been Vince Marrow.

“Coach Marrow has been a big part of my visits there,” Purcell tells us. “He’s been very welcoming and just told me how great Kentucky is and that my future is bright.”

Another big key that could help in Purcell’s recruitment at Kentucky is the recent success of Will Levis with him getting drafted and just finishing his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans .

“Kentucky obviously did a great job getting Will ready for the NFL, and that for sure will play a part in my decision-making process,” Purcell said. “It shows that Kentucky is a strong program, serious about their players, and can develop young athletes, quarterbacks especially, and prepare them for the next level.”

Even with Purcell only being a freshman, he believes he can both run and pass if needed as a quarterback.

“I am a playmaker and feel confident in both passing and running,” Purcell says. “I can push the ball vertically and can process plays quickly.

Since only being a freshman, no schools are currently leading due to it being so early in his recruitment process, but he did mention he has taken visits to Miami, Louisville, and Kentucky, but also hopes to visit LSU and a few others during his 7 vs. 7 season.

As for how the visit went for him, he really enjoyed his time in Lexington.

“The visit went great,” Purcell says. “We basically saw everything, football facility, stadium, and campus. I thought everything was really nice and new. My Dad and I also drove around Lexington, and we both came away impressed. The conversation on the tour went great. We touched just about everything — football, culture, eight straight bowl games, campus life, academic support, internships, job.”

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