Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903, and has a student enrollment of approximately 25,000. WMU consists of five campuses, in and around Kalamazoo, which include the West Campus, East Campus, Oakland Drive Campus, Parkview Campus, and College of Aviation. WMU is located halfway between Detroit and Chicago, and 40 miles from Lake Michigan. Kalamazoo offers a variety of theatres, museums, music, restaurants and minor league sports teams. There are also multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation.
WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.
Students at Western Michigan University can choose from 242 degree programs, offered through WMU’s seven colleges.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Aviation
- Haworth College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Health and Human Services
Western Michigan University supports 140 bachelor’s degree programs, the second largest number of bachelor’s programs offered by a single higher institution in the state of Michigan. The most popular majors at WMU are business, education, health professions, communications and engineering. Many of WMU’s programs rank among the top in the country, and WMU maintains a national and international reputation in fields that include aviation, creative writing, atomic physics, fine arts and occupational therapy. Over 700 undergraduate students are enrolled in the College of Aviation, which supports one of the country’s largest and most prestigious flight schools. Courses at WMU are taught by well-established faculty members and the average student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1.
Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus. The Online Education campus features various platforms for learning, including:
- Online courses delivered one hundred percent online
- Hybrid courses that combine at least 51 percent of online instruction with face-to-face meetings
- Open Learning that supports self-paced programming, various start/end terms and gives students six months to complete courses
- Compressed Video Semester delivered via compressed video interactive television at Extended University Program locations
Admission factors for accepting prospective students include grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, college prep courses, along with possible letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities and other applicable variables. Students will need to submit the application and fee, along with high school transcripts/GED scores and SAT/ACT scores. Admission procedures for transfer students include the submission of official college transcripts for evaluation and international students will need proof of both financial support and English language competency.
WMU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and a large number of programs retain additional programmatic accreditation.
Tuition at Western Michigan University is $9,982 per year for in-state students, and $23,262 per year for out-of-state students, not including added fees. Students requiring financial assistance have access to grants, scholarships and loans at Western Michigan University. Federal grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the TEACH Grant. Students may also qualify for the need-based institutional Western Grant, in addition to merit-based awards. Work-study is also supported, and federal loan programs include the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans and the Federal Direct Parent Loan.
Opportunities for student life include over 350 academic, Greek, personal interest and other student groups. WMU has 15 NCAA Division I-A sports teams, and also offers arts programs that are nationally recognized, cultural events and extensive service-learning, intramural and fitness activities.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:6,447
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