Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University

Basic Information

Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11056 Bowling Green KY 42101
Phone Number: 270-745-2279
President: Dr. Timothy Caboni

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Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University
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Additional Information

School Type: Public University
Degrees Offered:

Business Data Analytics
Business Economics
Economics (B.A.)
Finance (Concentrations: Business Finance, Personal Financial Planning)
Management (Concentrations: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management)
Marketing (Concentrations: Sales, Social Media Marketing, Strategic Marketing)
Mathematical Economics (Concentrations: Actuarial Science, General Mathematical Economics)

Master of Business Administration (MBA): (Concentrations: Business Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Management, Executive Decision Making)
Master of Cybersecurity Data Analytics: (Concentrations: Local Government Administration, Organizational Communication, Healthcare Administration, Supply Chain Management, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Master of Accountancy and Data Analysis (MADA)
Master of Applied Economics

School Size: 146000
Student/Teacher Ratio: 18:1
Housing Availability:

Western Kentucky University has many premiere living-learning options from which to choose. Nearly 5,000 students live and learn in our 15 residence halls and 2 apartment buildings on WKU's campus. Our Living Learning Communities provide students with opportunities to connect in their residence hall with their classmates and passionate WKU faculty and staff through their areas of interest or study

Housing Type: Community style, pod-style, and suite style housing
Diversity: We are growing in diversity at WKU. Of our first-time, first-year freshmen for fall 2019, 24% were students of color. Our student body comes from 50 states within the United States plus D.C. In addition, sixty countries represent the international homes of our Hilltoppers. With nearly one third of students entering WKU as first-generation college students, we understand the importance of equity and inclusion for all. For more information about DEI at WKU visit https://www.wku.edu/dei/. The Gordon Ford College of Business is dedicated to cultivating a work and learning environment that embraces diversity of thought, equity of policies, inclusive practices, and a sense of belonging to lead the changing landscape of business. Essential to who we are and how we function are the notions of preparedness and connectedness which we intend to instill in our graduates and promote for our faculty and staff regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, or background. WE ARE GFCB.


Financial Aid:

WKU offers several scholarship options for first-time, transfer, and current students at WKU. Affording your college education may be easier than you think! To be considered for one or more scholarships, students must apply through the TopDollar Scholarship Management System. For more information visit https://www.wku.edu/financialaid/scholarships/

Disability Services:

The Student Accessibilty Resource Center (SARC)
The goal of the SARC is to ensure that all students with disabilities are provided access to all facets of the Western Kentucky University experience; to facilitate and coordinate support services and programs that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential; and to increase awareness among all members of the University so that students with disabilities are able to achieve academic success based on their abilities, not their disabilities. https://www.wku.edu/sarc/


The Department of Student Activities works to provide co-curricular activities for those who want to become involved at Western Kentucky University. Whether it is a student organization, student government, leadership programs, campus wide programming, Downing Student Union (DSU) activities, or volunteerism programs, there is something for each student who wants to become involved. For more information on student activities visit https://www.wku.edu/sao/


There are numerous nationally-recognized student organizations offered by the Gordon Ford College of Business to complement the student experience. For more information visit https://www.wku.edu/business/student-organizations.php


Western Kentucky University is a member of NCAA Division I rank and competes in Conference USA. WKU competes in 16 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyb

Study Abroad:

With hundreds of programs to choose from, there are options for every WKU student! Below is a break-down of the program types. You can also download the Program Selection Guide for assistance with researching and selecting the right program for you.

Program Types:

  • WKU Faculty-Led Programs - WKU courses taught by WKU faculty in domestic and international locations
  • WKU Exchange Partners - International partner universities that WKU students can attend while paying WKU tuition
  • National Student Exchange- Semester-long exchange experience across the U.S., Canada and U.S. territories
  • WKU Partner Programs - Close partner organizations that offer WKU credit
  • Program Providers - Organizations that offer a variety of programs in locations across the globe
Admissions Requirements:

First-time Freshman:

To be admitted, a student must:

  1. Have at least a 2.00 unweighted high school GPA.
  2. Students with a 2.50 unweighted high school GPA or greater are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores for admission purposes but are highly encouraged to do so for academic placement.
  3. Students with a 2.00 - 2.49 unweighted high school GPA must submit ACT or SAT scores for admission purposes as well as achieve a Composite Admission Index (CAI) score of at least 60.

Students admitted to WKU may be placed in an appropriate academic support program based on academic needs at the time of admission. Students will be notified regarding any academic placement by the appropriate office.

Students who have between a 2.00-2.49 unweighted high school GPA and achieve the required CAI score, will be admitted to WKU via the required  Summer Scholars Program.

Some scholarships and academic programs may still require submission of an ACT or SAT score to determine eligibility.


Mission Statement:

WKU Mission Statement:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.

GFCB Mission Statement: 
The mission of the Gordon Ford College of Business is to actively support and engage students, faculty, staff, and community in academic and lifelong professional development, providing the foundation needed to lead in today's diverse business environment.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Gordon Ford College of Business creates market-ready graduates through an innovative, flexible, and adaptive curriculum that produces graduates who are prepared for an ever-changing industry environment. GFCB offers a unique combination of classroom teaching, hands-on application, and experiential learning to ensure a one-of-a-kind educational experience that cannot easily be duplicated.

Additional Information:

WKU unveils plans for new building to house Gordon Ford College of Business.

Through flexible classrooms; new technology; intentionally designed areas for team projects; spaces designed to emulate real-world working environments; and more, the new 113,000-square-foot, modern College of Business building is set to transform the way we teach, how we support students and how we prepare them for careers.

Located on the space formerly occupied by Tate Page Hall, the new Gordon Ford College of Business building will:

  • Better equip and prepare students
  • Serve as a point of pride for the WKU Community and the Commonwealth
  • Support the pedagogies, teaching and research of the faculty and staff and GFCB’s ongoing enrollment growth, while serving as the destination of choice for business education
  • Support and enhance the regional business community
  • Encourage innovation, invention, creativity, and active learning
  • Provide flexible classrooms, new technology, intentionally designed areas for team projects, spaces designed to emulate real-world working environment
  • Support GFCB’s mission to prepare the next generations of business professionals through resources such as a virtual reality simulation space, trading lab with access to Bloomberg Terminals, a one-stop-shop Student Success Center, and a Center for Financial Success
  • Transform the way we teach, how we support young people, and how we prepare them for careers
  • Celebrate and modernize 150 years of business education in the region

The project is scheduled to break ground this summer and be completed in the fall of 2025.

For more information visit https://www.wku.edu/businesscollege/