Western Michigan University

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School Overview

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.

Western Michigan University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (269) 387-1000
Website: https://wmich.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://wmich.edu/apply/
Address: 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 21,470
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 51%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,496 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $13,017
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,041
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,825

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Western Michigan University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Michigan University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1421
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1185
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 71
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2221
Education 5292814
Engineering 111106
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 42
English Language and Literature/Letters 322
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 521
Health Professions and Related Programs 51091
History 1221
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1342
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3321
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 43
Philosophy and Religious Studies 321
Physical Sciences 1753
Psychology 346
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 1863
Transportation and Materials Moving 2
Visual and Performing Arts 2218
Grand total 2416310144

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Michigan University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,017
Out-of-state $16,041
Books and supplies $987

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $17,283
Out-of-state $31,355

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,439 82%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,696 57% $8,825
Student loan aid 1,767 59% $8,738

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 10,197 57% $9,478
Federal student loans 10,074 57% $7,050

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Michigan University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Michigan University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 17,698 8,100 9,598
Percent admitted 100% 79% 80%
Percent admitted who enrolled 16% 18% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Michigan University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 21,470
Undergraduate enrollment 17,051
Graduate enrollment 4,419

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Michigan University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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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