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Western Kentucky University

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Feature of Institution:Public    Established In:1906
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Geographical Location:Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA

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Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. It was formally founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier.
 
WKU has a student body of over 21,000 students. Its main campus is in the midst of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction and renovation. Since 1997, dormitories have been renovated, new academic and athletic buildings have been finished, with more construction under way. The university also has placed a premium on creating a park-like atmosphere, with parking lots on the interior of the 200-acre (0.81 km2) campus replaced with green spaces, trees and central landscaping known as Centennial Mall.
 
WKU sits atop the highest point in south-central Kentucky, a hill with a commanding view of the Barren Rivervalley. The campus flows from the top of College Heights, also known as The Hill, down its north, south and west faces.
The university's mottos are "The Spirit Makes the Master" and "Life, More Life!"—both phrases coined by WKU's founder, Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry.
Besides the main campus at College Heights, WKU operates satellite campuses in Bowling Green (WKU South Campus Academic Wing) and regionally in Glasgow, Elizabethtown/Fort Knox and Owensboro.
 
Course Descriptions
WKU is divided into the following undergraduate colleges:
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
The Gordon Ford College of Business
Ogden College of Science And Engineering
Potter College of Arts and Letters
University College
College of Health and Human Services
 
An academic range of eighty majors and seventy minors are offered, toward the following degrees:
Engineering,Arts,Fine Arts,Interdisciplinary Studies,Science,Science in Nursing,Music,Social Work
 
WKU also offers fifteen associate degree programs and five certificate programs.
The Graduate School is now the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, which offers:
Accountancy,Art,Education, Business Administration, Science, Science in Nursing, Social Work, Public Administration, Health Administration, Public Health, 
Education, Nursing, Physical Therapy.
 
WKU's Journalism and Photojournalism programs rank among the best in the country. The photojournalism department has won numerous awards. As of 2007, more than 25 alumni of WKU's photo and print journalism programs have been honored with the Pulitzer Prize. The school's twice-weekly newspaper, the College Heights Herald, regularly wins awards placing it among the top college newspapers in the nation, and even competes against commercial newspapers in the state's Associated Press competition.
 
Western Kentucky University’s forensics (speech and debate) team is consistently ranked as one of the best teams in the country. The team has won theAmerican Forensic Association (AFA) and National Forensic Association (NFA) national championships multiple times since 2003. It has also won the International Forensic Association’s (IFA) international championship every year it has attended. The team remains the only team in the nation ever to win the AFA, NFA, IFA, and NFA debate championship in the same year, a feat it has accomplished multiple times. The team hosts several tournaments for junior high and senior high students each fall, as well as a large speech and debate summer camp each July.
 
WKU is also home to the largest American master's degree program in folklore; it is contained within the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology[citation needed]. It is unique among American folklore programs for its public folklore program and is one of the few schools in Kentucky to offer a focus in historic preservation.
 
In the fall of 2009, WKU began its bachelor's degree program in popular culture studies, being only the second university in America to offer such a program (the other being Bowling Green State University). Also in the fall of 2009, an independent Doctor of Education (EdD) program in educational leadership began at WKU.
 
In the rankings of "America's Best Colleges 2009," WKU is No. 10 among public master's universities in the South, up from No. 12 in the 2008 rankings. According to Forbes 2009 rankings of America's top 600 colleges, Western Kentucky University is ranked No. 434, making it the second highest ranked public college in the state of Kentucky.
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