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Welcome Prospective Students

The WKU Office of Admissions would like to welcome you to the Hill! Here you will find everything you need to explore all WKU has to offer from admissions requirements and financial aid to housing and student services. We are confident you will find answers to your questions, connect with a counselor or student representative and find out how to schedule a campus visitation today!

Below, you will find useful information on academic, residency, and transitioning programs. On the left, you will find links to specific requirements for admissions. If you are ready to apply, you may click here.

Academic Transitions Program (ATP)

The Academic Transitions Program is a required orientation for all new WKU students. Freshman ATP is a one-day orientation and offers students informational sessions, meet the dean, register for classes, parent programs, academic advising and more. Students who arrive late or leave early will be required to reschedule for another orientation date.

WKU also offers incoming transfer students a special online orientation option. This is ONLY available for students transferring into WKU with 24 hours of earned credit or more.

Academic Transitions Program (ATP) Academic Advising and Retention Center Office of the Registrar
Make Reservations for Freshmen ATP Placement Exam Info Transfer Student Orientation


WKU offers 96 academic majors and 105 minors including award-winning programs such as Nursing, Journalism and Broadcasting, Forensics and many, many more. We are home to Kentucky's only independent Honors College and offer engaging programs across the board to ensure that you will have access to the latest technology and resources to gain a competitive edge in your professional future within today's global marketplace.

Academic Departments Academic Programs of Study Honors College
Study Abroad    

Residency Information

At WKU, a residency determination is made based on information supplied by each applicant for admission. In general, in-state residence for tuition purposes requires domicile and legal residency in Kentucky prior to enrollment. Upon acceptance to the university, students are informed of the residency decision via the personalized profile sheet that accompanies each admission letter.

Resources for Guidance Counselors

We understand that as a high school guidance counselor you seek to provide the most up-to-date information to your students in the simplest way possible. Our guidance counselor site is your one-stop shop for admissions criteria, campus visitation information, financial aid requirements and more.

Resources for Parents

Did you know that most of the WKU Admissions staff were once WKU students? Actually, some of us still are! We know what it's like to be a student at WKU and as many of us are parents ourselves now, we have a unique perspective of understanding concerns that parents have about helping their kids find the right place to grow academically, socially and more. At WKU there are lots of ways parents can stay informed and get involved. Here are just a few to get you started.

WKU Open House Events Financial Aid WKU Parent Association

Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources

Tuition and Fees Office of Student Financial Assistance Freshmen Scholarships
Upperclassmen Scholarships Departmental Scholarships Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

Student Services

Want to know where you're going to live? What the food is like? Where to go if you get sick or what's going on on campus? WKU offers countless services for students and their families. Here are some of our most popular sites to answer your most commonly asked questions.

TopNET Regional Campuses WKU Restaurant and Catering Group
Housing and Residence Life Student Affairs Student Activities and Organizations
Student Disability Services WKU Health Services Academic Calendar
News and Events Academic Advising and Retention Center  

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