Western Michigan University (WMU)

1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

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Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Kalamazoo, is Michigan's fourth largest institution of higher education and research. It is designated a high-research-activity university by the Carnegie Foundation, and is ranked in the top 100 American universities by U.S. News & World Report.

WMU offers more than 140 academic programs at the bachelor's degree level, and more than 65 at the master's degree level. WMU also offers 29 doctoral programs and one specialist program. Many of these programs receive high ranks among similar programs nationwide.  The engineering, nuclear physics, specialized education, flight safety and clean energy programs are particularly notable.

In addition to its traditional campus-based programs, WMU offers online programs for distance learning, and continuing education courses. It has six regional learning sites located throughout Michigan, which offer graduate and professional education.

The campuses of WMU boast excellent amenities in more than 150 buildings, including a student recreation center, and state-of-the-art facilities for science research, health and human services, visual and performing arts.

WMU offers a strong international education, with a majority of its faculty engaged in collaborative work or projects on six continents. International students represent nearly 95 countries around the globe, and study abroad programs are offered in 24 countries. WMU has many majors or minors that offer interdisciplinary study programs in global studies, comparative politics, international business, foreign languages, and more.

History

Western Michigan University was founded in 1903 as a regional teachers college called Western Michigan College. It became Western Michigan University in 1957, when it was designated a public university in the Michigan system.

Academics

The academic calendar for Western Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and winter semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • Haworth College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Graduate College
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Lee Honors College

Student Life

Students at WMU have roughly 300 student organizations and clubs available on campus for participation. These groups represent interests ranging from academics to politics, cultures and the arts. Student services including computing facilities, laboratories, and a stellar library system that includes the Archives and Regional History Collections, Education, Music and Dance, and the main Waldo Library.

Traditions

The WMU school colors are brown and gold, with black as an accent color. The school mascot is the bronco, and "Buster Bronco" can be seen at sporting events promoting the WMU Bronco team spirit.

Athletics

The WMU "Broncos" compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main campus in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University has the Parkview Campus, which houses its Business Technology and Research Park and Engineering College. WMU's Aviation College is housed at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Michigan.

WMU offers Extended University programs online and at six satellite learning sites around the state of Michigan:

  • Battle Creek
  • Benton Harbor-St. Joseph
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lansing
  • Muskegon
  • Traverse City

Community Life

There are many opportunities for recreation and entertainment in Kalamazoo, including historic walking tours of old Kalamazoo, exhibits at the Gilmore Car Museum, and activities at Kalamazoo Valley museum. There is also the Psycho Ward & Nightmares Haunted House on the Kalamazoo Speedway, for those who enjoy haunted attractions.

The Chenery Auditorium offers many orchestral concerts, including the musical works of Mozart, Schubert and Ravel. Students and visitors can enjoy theatrical performances at The New Vic Theatre.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students Western Michigan University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Western Michigan University has a total student population of about 24,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 21% enrolling as graduate students and 79% as undergraduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $9,800-$12,000
    • Out-of-State: $24,000-$28,830
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $340-$410 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $830-$1,000 per unit
  • Room and board is estimated to cost around $11

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid88%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships63%$6,933
Receiving Student Loans77%$7,150

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Western Michigan University may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

WMU has an overall graduation rate which is around 55%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years24%
Graduating in 5 Years23%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Western Michigan University

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Campus: Western Michigan University at Grand Rapids: The Graduate Center-Downtown

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2014)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Western Michigan University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Basketball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mid-American Conference)
  • Football (Mid-American Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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