WMU Description

A top research university with strong academics and great spirit, Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan is a dynamic center for learning.

WMU offers over 125 undergraduate programs and close to 100 graduate programs in liberal arts, sciences, professional programs and health fields such as its popular Occupational Therapy program.

WMU has also received a high ranking from the Carnegie Foundation as one of the top 76 research institutions. U.S. News and World Report also recognized WMU as one of the nation’s top 100 universities.

Charged with activity and numerous opportunities for learning WMU has more than 150 buildings, including state-of-the-art facilities for business, chemistry, science, research, health and human services and the visual and performing arts.

Another exciting aspect of WMU study is the extracurricular life, which includes 300 student organizations and many NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletic teams.

For local individuals who wish to take personal enrichment classes without pursuing a degree there is the Extended University, which offers non-credit classes in a variety of disciplines.

Also comprehensive and vibrant are Western Michigan’s student services. WMU’s career services offers more than career assessments and counseling in interviewing and resume writing. WMU also provides students with referrals to jobs posted by alumni. They also connect students with alumni through a mentoring program intended to give students support, advice and the opportunity to network.

Legacy scholarships for students whose family members have attended WMU, as well as other scholarships, work-study and loans are some of the financial aid options available to eligible students. Additionally, qualifying graduate students may receive fellowships or assistantships to cover tuition.

Quick Facts about Western Michigan University

Region

Midwest

Setting

Large Town Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Broncos

Nickname

WMU

Website

www.wmich.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$8,762

Out-of-State Tuition

$21,494

Retention Rate

76%

Enrollment

24,933

Year Established

1903

WMU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4

5 star
  2 reviews
4 star
  6 reviews
3 star
  1 review
2 star
 
1 star
 

67% of students gave Western Michigan University 4 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating:
4

Detailed Ratings

Western Michigan University has a great campus that is small enough to easily get from class to class by walking. The buildings are being updated/ are updated with the latest technology to make it easier to utilize new tools. I have met so many nice people at Western. Most of the attendees seem to either come from the Detroit or Chicago areas. I commute to campus so I don't get too much experience in the living situation, but night life and local bars are great to go to. The campus feels safe and is very clean. The professors at Western have, for the most part, been great and really know what will help the students in their future. Class sizes aren't outrageously big, so professors get to know students on a personal level and notice if you're missing from class. Overall, Western is a great campus and school! GO BRONCOS!!

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.There are tons of hills so be prepared to walk your booty off. The people are very nice and there are a lot of things to do in general around here.

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WMU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
19,854
Freshman Class
4,439
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
24,933

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
80%
Graduate
20%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
67%
Part-Time
33%

Gender of Students

Women
52%
Men
48%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
3%
African American
8%
Caucasian
82%
American Indian or Alaska native
1%
Asian
2%
Unknown and Other
4%

International Students

International
5%
Domestic
95%

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