Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University has a unique partnership with ECTC. More of our students transfer to WKU than to any other four-year school, three times as many as the second largest transfer group. Some of the reasons are the 20 bachelor's degree programs ECTC students can complete at WKU right here in Hardin County or online. For many of those programs, WKU accepts up to 75 or so credit hours from ECTC, only requiring another 45 or so at Western for a bachelor's degree. That's a great advantage and a good value for ECTC students.
How will my classes transfer?
If you complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at ECTC, your classes will transfer as a block, and you will be fully general education certified. One advantage of this is you bypass 12 credit hours you would have had to take as a WKU freshman.
But because WKU has created specific transfer frameworks, you do need to follow WKU transfer checklists pretty closely. So for instance, you might need to take COM 181, Basic Public Speaking, instead of COM 252, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, for your oral communication requirement. Another example is WKU's bachelor's degree in social work. You must begin taking WKU social work courses in the fall of any academic year, and you must complete certain prerequisite courses before you begin WKU classes. Then each semester you'll take nine hours at WKU and the remainder of your classes at ECTC.
Are there specific transfer pathways?
Yes! Western Kentucky University has specific agreements in place for ECTC students who want to complete degrees they begin here. Look in the first column of the link below for degree checklists for KCTCS 2+2 transfer students, choosing AA or AS checklists. The most direct pathway is to get an associate in arts or associate in science degree at ECTC. But Western has created pathways for students who obtain AAS, associate in applied science, degrees as well. These students will also need to obtain AA or AS degrees.
Degrees and Transfers
What about scholarships?
WKU offers specific transfer scholarships for ECTC students, based on their grade point averages. Many are automatic, although you still need to fill out a scholarship application.
Enroll at WKU even while you're an ECTC student. As a jointly admitted student, you are eligible for all the benefits a Western student has: advising, library privileges, free transcripts after the first one. You can even attend Hilltopper sports events!
It's easy to find out more about transferring to Western Kentucky University. The college has an office on our campus in suite 130RPC. Or come in and talk to a transfer advisor in the ECTC Success Center in room 106RPC.