Western Kentucky University
About Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University is a large four-year university located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, just 110 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky and 65 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. Bowling Green is well known for being the home of the National Corvette Museum. Families will enjoy trips to the Beech Bend Amusement Park, offering more than 40 rides, the Splash Lagoon Water Park, a petting farm, mini-golf, games, and go-carts. Beech Bend also features a raceway with stock car and drag racing. It's also a short distance to caving adventures at Mammoth Cave National Park, water sports, camping and hiking at Barren River State Resort Park, or canoeing on the Green River.
WKU offers a 4-year BFA degree in visual arts with a graphic design concentration. Graphic design courses prepare students for careers in visual communication, stressing typography layout, illustration, symbol development, computer graphics, and portfolio preparation. The program is intended to help students acquire a personal design sense and knowledge of professional standards. Lab facilities are equipped to ensure that students are up-to-date with contemporary Web and print design, illustration, and new media. The program offers foundational coursework in both two and three-dimensional design. Students also study digital media, visual thinking, illustration, and computer graphics. Beginning sophomore year, students study graphic design on three levels, from fundamentals through studio work. Students are also required to create and assemble a portfolio of work for professional presentation. Students may also choose to earn college credit through cooperative learning via internships during junior and/or senior years.
WKU offers a variety of scholarships to qualifying students. Among the scholarships available are Academic or Merit Scholarships, Tuition Incentive Program Scholarships, Leadership Scholarships, Departmental Scholarships and Alumni Grants. There are scholarships available to new Freshman students, returning students and transfer students from community or junior colleges. To apply for a scholarship, students must meet eligibility requirements and submit the appropriate application and documentation by set deadlines. Deadlines vary by scholarship programs.
There are many clubs and organizations available for student involvement at WKU, including student representative organizations such as the Student Government Association, academic organizations such as the Honors Club and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and special interest groups such as the Art Guild, Campus Scouts, and the Green River Grotto caving club. There are also many professional, religious, and service groups, plus a full range of social Greek fraternities and sororities. Intramural sports including softball, badminton, horseshoes, football, and wiffleball are offered to students at the Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center year-round. The campus also boasts a natatorium for aquatics and an intramural sports complex for all outdoor activities. WKU also offers services such as free on-campus tutoring, career counseling and services, and a Health and Fitness Lab offering students free fitness assessments, training, and group fitness classes seven days a week.