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WKU Admissions

Beginning Freshmen Requirements

What are the requirements for high school graduates to be admitted?

Students must meet ONE of the following requirements for admission:

  1. ACT composite of 20 or greater, or
  2. SAT combined score of 1020 or greater (940 or greater combined score accepted for tests taken prior to March, 2016)*, or
  3. Unweighted high school GPA of 2.50 or higher, or
  4. Achieve the required Composite Admission Index (CAI) score

Students admitted to WKU may be placed in an appropriate academic support program based on academic needs at the time of admission. Students will be notified regarding any academic placement by the appropriate office.

*Essay scores for the ACT and SAT are not evaluated for admission, scholarship, or placement purposes.

What tests are required for beginning freshmen?

Either the ACT or SAT is required of all beginning freshmen. Test dates and registration information may be obtained from a high school counselor or the test company:


What is the WKU Pre-College Curriculum?

English 4 credits I, II, III, IV
Math 3 credits Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry (or Integrated Math I, II, and III)
Social Studies 3 credits Chosen from U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography and World Civilization
Science 3 credits Chosen from Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth/Space Science (at least one lab)
Health 1/2 credit  
Physical Education 1/2 credit  

History and Appreciation of Visual

or Performing Arts

1 credit History and appreciation of visual and performing arts or another arts course that incorporates such content
Foreign Language 2 credits Credits must be from the same language.
Electives 5 credits  

What are the WKU Application submission deadlines?

Application Submission Deadlines
Fall Semester August 1 Spring Semester January 1 Summer Semester May 1

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 Last Modified 5/13/16