B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C
Western Michigan University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Website

Western Michigan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Scores Range
ACT Scores Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Western Michigan University

Cost

Net Price
$15,464/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,464/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,782/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,589/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,961/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,836/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.199 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.201 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.201 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,713Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • You can't describe all in one word everyone varies
    32%
  • Outgoing/friendly
    29%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Interesting
    13%
  • Average
    5%
  • Reserved
    4%
  • Obnoxious
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.244 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.295 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 147 responses
Report
  • Sociable
    27%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Lively
    18%
  • Amazing
    13%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Flexible
    5%
  • Favorable
    1%

After Western Michigan University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.147 responses
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Western Michigan University Reviews

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I love Western Michigan University! I transferred here from Eastern Michigan University and what a difference! The atmosphere overall here, is great. The professors at WMU push you to your best ability but are always there when you need assistance. My department is small but close, and has a great environment as well. Because I chose Western Michigan University as my college, I know I will be prepared for the workforce and with an over 90 percent placement rate in my science field, I will be able to get a good job that I am already well experienced for. Not only are the academics really sound, but the community is great, sports are super fun, and student life is definitely "one for the books". Dorms and Housing could use a little more of a facelift for the price, which is why I live off campus. But overall, I'm glad I resided to Western Michigan University. Going here will be a big part of my life that I wont forget!
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I have only been at Western Michigan University for two weeks, but I already know I absolutely love it. My classes are all generally small, the professors are personable, and every one I have met has been extremely nice and helpful. My first day of classes I got lost a few times and had to ask multiple people where to go. Every one was more than happy to help, and gave me the quickest and most efficient route. Overall, WMU is a wonderful place to study, and I cannot wait to see what the next four years hold!
I like Western aesthetically. However, that's pretty much it. Many of the students that go here are business majors and act accordingly. Many of the individuals here are unemotional and quite simply, dull. The classes are stupidly easy, and the professors are all grad students-not happy about that! If you aren't in a frat/comfortable going to a frat, then you are not partying! The Valley dorms are horrid buildings and the roommate placing is not good either. My roommate and I shared nothing in common, besides music (Come on Western, who doesn't like music???). The campus and buildings are beautiful, but I strongly believe the negatives outweigh the little positives.