WMU

Western Michigan University

1903 Western Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, United States
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  • Total Documents
    143
  • Class Notes
    82
  • Textbook Notes
    23
  • Study Guides
    38
  • Currently Enrolled
    311
  • Previously Enrolled
    314

Overview of Western Michigan University (WMU)

About this school

Founded in 1903, Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university. It is a premier student-centered, research-intensive institution, one of the nation's 60 largest universities. Its 26,000 students come from every corner of the globe, including almost 100 other nations. Nearly one fourth of WMU's students pursue degrees in one of the university's 65 master's or 25 doctoral degree programs. Among the diverse areas in which WMU enjoys an international reputation for research and teaching are medieval studies, graph theory, blind rehabilitation, aviation and experimental atomic physics. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Aviation, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services, and the Division of Continuing Education. Its 504-acre campus is located in Kalamazoo, 145 miles from Detroit.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:17,936
    • Men:9,041 Men (50.4%)
    • Women:8,895 Women (49.6%)

Location

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Admission Information (WMU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Western Michigan University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
3
Science
-
3
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
-
3
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
September 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1903 West Michigan Avenue
City, State, Zip
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone
(269) 387-2000
Fax
(269) 387-2096
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
82% of 14,263 applicants were admitted
Women
83% of 7,649 applicants were admitted
Men
81% of 6,614 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
4,800 (41%) of 11,741 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,402 (38%) of 6,371 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,398 (45%) of 5,370 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.37
375 And Above
25%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
28%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
532 average |470-590 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
3%
• Score 600 - 700
17%
• Score 500 - 600
47%
• Score 400 - 500
30%
• Score 300 - 400
3%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
3%
• Score 600 - 700
24%
• Score 500 - 600
47%
• Score 400 - 500
26%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
23 average |20-26 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
6%
• Score 24 - 29
36%
• Score 18 - 23
48%
• Score 12 - 17
10%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (WMU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $11,943|Out-of-state: $14,699 (47.51%)
  • Room & Board: - $9,848 (39.17%)
  • Other Expenses: - $958 (3.81%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,390 (9.51%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Western Michigan University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 10
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002330
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
2,516 (87.0%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,384 (55.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,351 (97.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
408 (30.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
77%
Average Award
$14,180
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,171 (86.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,020
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,153 (85.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,115
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 882 (65.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
561 (19.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,901

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
11,273 (75.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
6,681 (59.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
6,606 (98.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,312 (19.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
73%
Average Award
$13,679
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,838 (88.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,382
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,640 (85.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,192
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,936 (29.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,402 (9.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,692

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
48%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$35,602
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Local/State Students, Out-of-State Students, Previous College Experience, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (WMU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


926

Part-Time Faculty


525

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


49%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 15% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 25% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 29% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 13% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 7% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 18% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 32% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 43% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,554,541
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
2250
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Western Michigan University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


78.1%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


21.6%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


44.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


50.8%

Programs & Majors (WMU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (142)


  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Child Development
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Dance, Other
  • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Economics, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, Other
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Family Systems
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • Geography
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Resources Management
  • Interior Design
  • International/Global Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Informatics
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Paper Science and Engineering
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Public/Applied History
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Structural Engineering
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
  • Voice and Opera
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Interdisciplinary studies

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Audiology

Master's Programs of Study (75)


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art Education
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nursing--General
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paper and Pulp Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs
  • Reading Education
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Therapies--Dance, Drama, and Music
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Writing

Campus Life (WMU)

Location & Geography

Population


75,548

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Campus Size


1,289 acres

Weather


Temperature
14.7 average low in January, 78.7 average high in September
Rain
134 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Kalamazoo
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Kalamazoo

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


28% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


72%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Buster Bronco
School Colors
Brown and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, golf, ice hockey, racquetball, rock climbing, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Western Michigan University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, campus activities board, western student association, young black male support network, drive safe kalamazoo, alternative spring break

Sororities


8% of women participate

Fraternities


6% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


15,063

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
17,936
Women
8,895
Men
9,041

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 1.9% Asian
  • 12.8% Black/African-American
  • 6.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 73.7% White
  • 0.7% Unknown

International Students


4.1% from 57 countries

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


4,958

Student Resources (WMU)

Study resources