2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$12,395

Net Price

98%

Admitted

40%

Enrolled

58%

Graduation Rate

18/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Western Kentucky University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 16,750. In 2021, there were 403 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #4 in Kentucky and ranks #223 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

403

Total Enrollment

16,750

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ranking for Western Kentucky University

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#4

Kentucky Rank

Combining ranking factors for 25 schools that offer psychology degrees in Kentucky, Western Kentucky University ranks #4.

#223

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Western Kentucky University ranks #223.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Western Kentucky University offers General Psychology, Research Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Counseling and Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology, General Psychology, School Psychology and Social Work. At the doctorate level Counseling and Applied Psychology and School Psychology are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPhD
Counseling and Applied Psychology413
Counseling Psychology35
General Psychology8115
Research Psychology44
School Psychology63
Social Work12253
Total Graduates2471506
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) – Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 7,255 students applied to the Western Kentucky University. The university admitted 98% and 40% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Kentucky universities is 4,733. On average, all Kentucky institutions admit 77% and 26% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Western Kentucky University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 73%. Compared to all Kentucky four or more years colleges, the percentage is 70%.

The overall graduation rate for Western Kentucky University is 58%, compared to 53% for all Kentucky universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 38%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare WKU to Kentucky Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Western Kentucky University to the average of all Kentucky four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

WKU

7,255

Applicants

98%

Percent Admitted

40%

Percent Enrolled

73%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

58%

Graduation Rate

KY Colleges

4,733

Applicants

77%

Percent Admitted

26%

Percent Enrolled

70%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

53%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 647 or 68% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 299 or 32% part-time faculty members employed at Western Kentucky University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 647 or 68%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

WKU

18 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

68%

Percent Full-Time

32%

Percent Part-Time

68%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

KY Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

59%

Percent Full-Time

41%

Percent Part-Time

57%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Western Kentucky University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $10,992, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $12,140 and the average cost for graduate fees is $0.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Western Kentucky University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Western Kentucky University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$10,708
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,115
Total Living Expenses$12,823
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$10,992
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,000
Total Undergraduate Expenses$24,815
In-State, Graduate Tuition$12,140
In-State, Graduate Fees$0
Total Graduate Expenses$12,140
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Western Kentucky University is $12,395. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Western Kentucky University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$12,195$11,303
$30,001 – $48,000$16,211$16,192
$48,001 – $75,000$17,490$15,852
$75,001 – $110,000$16,529$15,859
$110,001 and more$15,338$16,059
US Department of Education

Compare Western Kentucky University to all Kentucky universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

WKU

$24,815

Cost to Attend

$7,973

Average Financial Aid

99%

Percent Receiving Aid

$12,395

Net Price

KY Colleges

$38,297

Cost to Attend

$18,595

Average Financial Aid

99%

Percent Receiving Aid

$17,031

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 3,033 or 99%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 12,578 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $7,973.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid12,578$7,973
Pell Grants4,525$4,576
Federal Student Loans5,931$6,392
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Western Kentucky University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

WKU

12,578

Grant or Scholarship Aid

55%

Grants or Scholarships

4,525

Number of Pell Grants

20%

Pell Grants

5,931

Federal Student Loans

26%

Federal Student Loans

KY Colleges

4,180

Grant or Scholarship Aid

54%

Grants or Scholarships

1,550

Number of Pell Grants

20%

Pell Grants

2,014

Federal Student Loans

26%

Federal Student Loans

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