A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

WKU increases access with ‘Hilltopper Guarantee’ in fall of 2021 to help financially challenged students

Beginning in the fall semester of 2021, Western Kentucky University will be tuition free to any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school grade-point average. “Hilltopper Guarantee: WKU’s Commitment to the Commonwealth” is the latest major step to increase access to a WKU education through affordability. “The WKU experience...

WKU president says fall semester a time of ‘hopefulness in the face of enormous challenges’

As Western Kentucky University prepares for a fall semester like no other in its history, there are still milestones to celebrate and goals to attain, President Timothy C. Caboni said during his annual convocation address. Even the address itself was unusual, delivered virtually to adhere to guidelines designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “The past five months have been difficult, each of us...

Tuition at Western Kentucky University to remain unchanged for 2020-21 academic year

Tuition at Western Kentucky University will remain unchanged for the 2020-21 academic year. The WKU Board of Regents has approved the tuition schedule, which must now be approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The last time tuition was held flat was 1979-80. The Board also waived the distance learning surcharge fee — $150 per credit hour for full-time students engaged in an online...

WKU’s Fresh Food Company is first restaurant on Kentucky college campus to earn Green Certification

Western Kentucky University’s Fresh Food Company is the first restaurant in Bowling Green, and the first restaurant on a Kentucky college campus, to earn Green Restaurant Certification from the Green Restaurant Association. Fresh Food Company, located in the Downing Student Union, earned 91.51 GreenPoints to become Level 1 Certified. “We recycle, use absolutely no polystyrene foam products and...

WKU groundbreaking for Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion honors dedicated ‘family of Hilltoppers’

A groundbreaking for the Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion at Western Kentucky University’s McChesney Field Campus was held on Oct. 24. The 140-acre site along the Green River in northern Warren County was gifted to WKU in 2009 from the children of longtime educator Hardin Field McChesney Sr. to honor their father, his love for education and his dedication to WKU. Hardin Field McChesney Sr., a native...

Lifeworks at WKU breaks ground on residential complex to support adults on autism spectrum

Western Kentucky University and local officials broke ground Monday on a two-year residential program designed to provide living, working and recreation support for individuals on the autism spectrum who are 21 years of age and older and are ready to enter the workforce. This innovative program is made possible through generous support from the community and will strengthen the strong partnership in...

An ‘institution of access and opportunity,’ WKU removes ACT requirement from most scholarships

Western Kentucky University is increasing the affordability of a higher education by making a number of major changes to its scholarship programs. Beginning in the fall of 2020, WKU will no longer utilize ACT scores to award most academic merit-based and targeted scholarships for incoming freshmen. WKU will also make an additional $5.2 million in scholarship funding available to a larger group of students...

WKU President Timothy C. Caboni, First Lady Kacy S. Caboni establish scholarship

Western Kentucky University President Timothy C. Caboni and First Lady Kacy S. Caboni have established a new endowed scholarship fund with a gift of $100,000 made through a combination of outright and deferred support. The Timothy Christian and Kacy Myree Caboni Scholarship Fund will provide support for full-time, first-generation students at WKU. First preference will be given to students pursuing...

Western Kentucky University regents approve tuition, mandatory fees for 2019-2020 school year

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved tuition and mandatory fees for 2019-20. Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, tuition for Kentucky undergraduate students will increase 2 percent, or $100, to $5,401 per semester. Nonresident and international undergraduate rates will remain unchanged. WKU President Timothy C. Caboni said the university is employing strategies to...