If you haven’t experienced a glimpse of life on The Hill, you are encouraged to visit and see what being a part of the Hilltopper community is all about. Click here or call 270-745-2551 to schedule a campus tour through the WKU Office of Admissions. If it isn’t feasible to visit campus, click here to see a virtual tour.
All freshmen and sophomores at WKU are required to live in a residence hall unless commuting from their permanent address of less than 50 miles. If you need a housing application, exemption, or have questions, please call 270-745-4359, click here to visit the Housing and Residence Life website, or email email@example.com.
We will need all transcripts from your high school, and any other college or university (if you're transferring or if you have dual credit). Official transcripts can be mailed to:
WKU Office of Admissions
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11020
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1020
Call Admissions at 270-745-2551 if you have questions.
M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan (Making Academic & Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding) is an optional program for new WKU students beginning the week before classes start. It is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of campus life and the college classroom by providing information sessions. To sign up visit the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan website, call 270-745-2037, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to sign up for the Topper Orientation Program. At TOP, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes at WKU. If you have questions, call us at 270-745-4242.
All first year students living on campus are required to buy a meal plan. WKU Restaurant Group has an assortment of meal plans available. To guide you through the plans, staff will be available at TOP, and plans can be purchased on your TOP date. Visit their website or call 270-745-2416.
Set a goal to graduate! There are many campus services at WKU to help you navigate through college. From studying for your first exam to finding a job after graduation, all you have to do is ask.
A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for all baccalaureate degrees at WKU. To complete in four years (eight semesters with no summer sessions), you must average 15 credit hours each semester. To complete in five years, (ten semesters with no summer sessions), you may average the minimum full time requirement of 12 hours each semester. Every student is different, so discuss your unique goals and challenges with your advisor early. Revisit and revise your plan often to make sure you are meeting your goals or making new ones. Keep your goal to graduate in mind when setting up your classes, and keep it posted in your room for inspiration!
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A faculty/staff member who guides a student in deciding on a major, using an iCAP, and selecting classes. Each student must meet with their assigned advisor each semester prior to registration.
The academic standing of a student whose college grades are below the standard required to be in good standing. See the Undergraduate Catalog.
A class taken to gain information but not for credit. Audited classes do not fulfill degree requirements.
Special booklets (available at the WKU Store). Often required to take an exam in classes.
An administrative division that coordinates activities of several academic departments. WKU has six undergraduate colleges with a dean overseeing each.
Numbers assigned to classes to show their level of difficulty or depth/breadth of study. A 100-level class is less difficult or broader in scope than a 200-level class.
Permission to enroll in a specific section of a restricted class. Passes are electronically entered on a student’s record when permission is granted.
A five digit number used to identify a specific class and section.
The amount of academic credit earned for time spent in a classroom or laboratory as a required part of a class. Credit hours earned are not the same as the total number of hours a student is required to attend lecture or lab sessions.
The period after the start of an academic term during which students may add or drop classes on TopNet without a fee. See the Undergraduate Catalog.
A class that may be selected by the student, as opposed to classes required as part of the curriculum for a specific degree. Some elective classes apply toward a degree or certificate.
Time at the end of the semester when classes do not meet and final exams are given.
A student with less than 30 hours of credit.
Taking 12 or more credit hours in a semester.
A set of requirements for students seeking a baccalaureate degree at WKU. These requirements are in addition to the classes in the student’s major and/or minor.
Grade Point Average. To determine GPA, divide quality points earned by GPA hours.
An audit that displays progress toward your degree requirements.
The grade earned by a student who has not fulfilled all required work in a class by the end of the term. Students who arrange with their instructor to complete work within a specified time will receive a grade; otherwise, the incomplete changes to an F. Incomplete grades are designated on TopNet with an “X.”
A student’s concentrated field of study.
A student’s secondary field of study.
Taking less than 12 credit hours per semester.
Class that must be completed prior to taking another class. (Ex. You must take an introductory level class before an advanced class.)
A period of time prior to each term during which students register for classes.
Numerical point values for letter grades (A=4, B=3, etc...) multiplied by the ‘number of GPA hours determine the equality points earned for a class. For example, earning an A in a three-semester hour class results in 12 quality points.
A class restricted to prevent registration by anyone except those meeting certain qualifications. For example, an honors section of a class is restricted to ensure that only students in the Honors Program enroll in the class. An “R” next to the Course Registration Number in TopNet designates a restricted class. Contact the instructor for a course pass to enroll.
A document provided by an instructor about a class including materials required, a class outline, and grading policy. Syllabi for classes are viewable on TopNet.
An online system that students use to sign up for classes, view a university bill, run an iCAP, and see grades.
A history of a student’s academic experience, including classes taken, or transferred from other institutions.
An online university publication, including information such as degrees offered, curricula for various degrees, admission standards, and class descriptions.
A unique number assigned to every student and faculty member, used instead of an SSN within the campus community.