Western Michigan University

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Founded in 1903 by Dwight Waldo, Western Michigan University (commonly referred to as WMU) is a public, co-educational, four-year university in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With a total annual enrollment of roughly 25,000 students, WMU is one of the larger public higher education institutions in the state of Michigan.

Through its seven academic colleges, WMU offers a large selection of accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which include, 140 bachelor’s degrees, 68 master’s degrees, over 30 doctoral degrees and a specialist degree. Academic colleges at WMU include the Haworth College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Aviation, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the College of Education. WMU is also home to one graduate college and an honors college (Lee Honors College).

Western Michigan University has one of largest and most reputable aviation programs of any U.S. college or university. It’s also well known for hosting the International Congress on Medieval Studies each year. WMU has a well developed athletics programs and its teams and student athletes compete in Divison I of the NCAA. Collectively the athletics teams at WMU are called the Western Michigan Broncos.

General Information

Admission Office

1903 West Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211

(269) 387-2000

Fax: (269) 387-2096

Contact: Penny Bundy

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1903 West Michigan Avenue

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5120

(269) 387-1000


Total undergrads: 19,854

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,828

Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,715

Graduate enrollment: 4,964


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 85%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 73%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musical theater B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
E-Commerce B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Information Resources Management B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Tourism/Travel Marketing B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Organizational Communication B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
College Counseling B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education of Emotionally Handicapped B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
French Teacher Education B
Geography Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Latin Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Sales/Marketing Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Paper science and engineering, imaging B
Structural Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B
Engineering/Industrial Management B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family Systems B
Institutional Food Production B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Health Services – General B
Medical Dietetics B
Music Therapy B
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B
Public History/Archives B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Avionics Maintenance/Technology B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B
Student-planned major B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Business-oriented chemistry B
Chemistry B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
HydrologyWater Resources B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Airline – Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew B
Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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