Western Michigan University campus

Overview

Applicants
14,008
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

24%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
26%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,466
with Terminal Degree
740

737
Women
729
Men
180
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Information Resources Management/CIO Training
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Paper Science and Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Child Development
  • Family Systems
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Medical Informatics
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General
  • Public/Applied History and Archival Administration

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Psychology, General
  • Social Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Dance, Other
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Piano and Organ
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Voice and Opera


Students Say

Large, "highly affordable" Western Michigan University offers some 140 majors and a "wide range of courses." The aviation program is among the largest in the country. The education program is "very good." "We have our own engineering campus," adds a computer engineering major. Overall, the academic amenities here are pretty modern. "The newer buildings are amazing, comfortable, pleasant," and they have "a lot of the latest technology." While the honors college here is small and intimate, "large lecture halls" are common for students in ordinary lower-level courses. Like at pretty much every big state school, "the professors are hit-and-miss." "You just have to cross your fingers and hope you get lucky." Without questions, there are "some really awesome ones" who "work extremely hard to get students to be energized about the material" and are "available outside of class." "There are plenty" of "pretty bland" or just "completely unintelligible" professors as well. A big complaint among students is the fact that many teaching assistants "have an extremely hard time speaking clear English." Also, the "out of touch" administration has few fans.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Leslie Braksick
Entrepreneur, cofounder Continuous Learning Group Inc.

Richard Griffin
Judge w/ US Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Anthony Tersigni
Pres/CEO of Ascension Health

Jan Huston
Established Summit Breast Care, listed a Top Doctor in the NY Metro Area

Morris Davenport
Senior VP and General Manager of ESPN radio

Max G. Wilcox
Grammy Award-winning producer of classical records

Yoshiaki Nakazawa
President of Stryker, Japan

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,000

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,300

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,700

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,720

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,044

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,106
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,790
Required Fees
$923
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$938

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,524

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,889
Out of State
7%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

1.65%
Asian
12.36%
African-American
5.26%
Hispanic
75.74%
Caucasian
1.08%
Unknown
4.85%
International

50% female
50% male
7% are out of state
83% are full time
17% are part time

Students Say

These undergrads hail overwhelmingly from the state of Michigan. Many choose Western because it is "close to home." There are also "tons of people here from other states in the Midwest." "I see a lot of license plates from Illinois," observes a junior. Beyond geography, this school is "extremely diverse." "We have all types of people," declares a senior. You'll find "your average 18to 25-year-old." "There are a lot of nontraditional students," too. "Some people are extremely into their majors; some people are more relaxed about school. There are people who party all the time, and there are people who would never touch drugs or alcohol." "Some are athletic; some are creative." "Everyone finds their own niche." "It just takes a little initiative to find where and what suits you." Once students find their element, though, they often "don't socialize much outside their formed groups of friends."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

The main campus "is beautiful enough to warrant taking a leisurely walk around," "especially during the fall." You will see a lot of "brutalist architecture" on your tour, though. Also, students almost universally agree that "parking is the worst." Social life at WMU is basically what you make it. "There are more than 300 registered organizations on campus, so finding something to do isn't really difficult," says a junior. "It really just comes down to what your interests are." Musical and theatrical performances happen all the time. Sporting events are popular, and there is "wonderful school spirit" despite the fact that the teams sometimes aren't very good. "The gym facilities are good" and "always full." "Quite a few people" pledge fraternities and sororities. Many students tell us that "there's a huge partying crowd" at Western. They say this place is "a big drinking school especially on the weekends." According to other students, "WMU's reputation as a party school is overstated." "It does not define us," insists a junior. "Yes, we do like to party and have a good time," acknowledges another junior. "Who doesn't in college?" Defenders of the surrounding town of Kalamazoo call it "cozy" and a "nice place to live." They also note that the downtown area "has some pretty cool restaurants and shops." Critics contend that Kalamazoo "should be a college town" but really isn't.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
374
Number of Honor Societies
41

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
40

5% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Broncos)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Broncos)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

As a signatory of the ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration, a member of the Founding Circle of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, and the only university in Michigan with a student sustainability fee, Western Michigan University (WMU) is committed to building a campus culture of sustainability. In recognition of WMU’s efforts, they received Second Nature’s National Climate Leadership award and Planet Forward’s Sustainability Innovators award in 2014. The Office for Sustainability created a Sustainability Across Research and Teaching initiative to facilitate the integration and infusion of sustainability throughout the curriculum. All major construction projects must achieve a minimum of LEED Silver. The College of Health and Human Services was the first building in higher education to receive LEED Gold-EB and WMU has 11 other LEED-certified facilities. This December the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools named WMU as “2014 Best of Green Schools” recipient. Other measures to improve energy efficiency include a heat recovery system that “reclaims heat from the lce Arena chillers and uses it to heat the building's Olympic-sized swimming pool;” occupancy-based light sensors; the installation of high-efficiency motors and compact fluorescent lighting: and major updates to Dining Services HVAC, refrigeration, and dish-washing equipment. Twenty one electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, which offer free electricity, have been installed throughout campus to facilitate the purchase of EV and hybrid EVs by the campus community. WMU also keeps an eye on water conservation through measures such as chemical-free water treatment, xeriscaping, low flow showers and faucets, trayless dining, and a pre-consumer “food waste to farmers” pilot. In addition, 32 percent of food expenditures go toward local and/or organic foods. WMU also has a Green Cleaning Policy that ensures that the cleaning products and chemicals used on campus are environmentally friendly. The university offers learning and research-oriented opportunities through the Office for Sustainability, including internships, $75,000 for the Student Sustainability Grant Program (selection for these grants is made by a committee composed solely of students), a permaculture research and demonstration facility, and a residential living, learning sustainability laboratory, the Gibbs House for Environmental Research and Education.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
58%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
120

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, Lenovo, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Scott Hennessy
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211

Phone
269-387-2011

Email
scott.hennessy@wmich.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bernhard Center
Waldo Library
Student Recreation Center
Miller Auditorium
Gilmore Theatre Complex
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium provide swimming and skating facilities including lessons and family activities.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Gilmore Classic Car Club Museum
Crossroads Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
10am&2pm Mon-Fri; 10am Sat; July&Aug, Mon-Fri 12pm
269-387-2011

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10am&2pm Mon-Fri; 10am Sat; July&Aug, Mon-Fri 12pm
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
By appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, bus, train, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-94 to US-131 North to Stadium Drive, turn East.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express and Suites; Quality Inn and Suites; Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center; Super 8 Motel; Hampton Inn and Suites; Hall House Bed and Breakfast