Nadia DeLeon


This paper was created in conjunction with others for History & the Internet class in the spring of 2004. They constituted a website which has been deleted from the Internet. Below is the introduction to the website.

Western Kentucky University began its affiliation with the state of Kentucky in 1906 upon receiving a state charter and funding to become the Southern Normal School. From a humble beginning as a teacher's college of less than 1,000 students, mostly drawn from the surrounding region, WKU has expanded to more than 16,000 students from across the United States and around the globe.

To get to where Western is today, the university has undergone a series of changes and mergers. In the early days, it drew its students from an all-boy's school and a girl's preparatory school. Throughout the years, its landscape has changed and stretched across Vinegar Hill in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Western's student body has become more diverse in its composition and interests. Furthermore Western, its students, and its coaches, have carried on and expanded upon a long, storied Hilltopper tradition of excellence in athletics.

The aim of the students in Dr. Andrew McMichael's History and the Internet Class of Spring 2004 was to tell the story of how this University grew from little more than a high school to become the respected institution of higher learning that it is today. We wanted to tell that story to you: our fellow students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of this institution. As we researched we learned about WKU's heritage, both the good and the bad. We came to understand our roots and to accept them as our own.


A brief overview of the growth of international student enrollment at WKU from 1961-2004.


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