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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Western Michigan is an above-average public university located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,048 undergraduate students. The Western Michigan acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Marketing, and Health and Medical Administrative Services. Graduating 53% of students, Western Michigan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,000.
About Western Michigan University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Website
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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
82%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
900-1115
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,489/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,453/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,731/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,412/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,807/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,391/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.199 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.210 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,048Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 145 responses
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  • You can't describe all in one word everyone varies
    33%
  • Outgoing/friendly
    28%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Interesting
    13%
  • Average
    5%
  • Reserved
    3%
  • Diverse
    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.253 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.304 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 156 responses
Report
  • Sociable
    26%
  • Diverse
    24%
  • Lively
    18%
  • Amazing
    12%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Flexible
    4%
  • Favorable
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
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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My experience with Western Michigan University has been excellent thus far! I have been enrolled in two of the different choral ensembles, one of which being University Choral, which won an international competition in the Baltic states in 2017. This university has given me the edge I need to compete for employment in the choral music education field. I feel confident that the professors of this college have given me enough excellent experiences in the professional music world to guarantee me an extraordinary musical career. I am excited to face the musical world with the connections I made at Western Michigan University.
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I loved the people who attends Western as well as the faculty and staff. Western has really allowed me to get out my comfort zone and expand with the variety of different people, clubs, and organizations. Western has tons of opportunities to help you grow as a student and into an adult. There are so many Registered Student Organizations (RSO) on campus. I love that being a student on campus you can voice your opinions and feel comfortable doing so. There are places on campus for the LGBT community to go and feel safe! Western makes sure you can get the full experience and still learn.
The music program at Western includes top-notch faculty and well-run courses, and has a genuine sense of community and support from both peers and teachers. Though the competition is tough and every student is individual challenged, there are no negative undertones, and it is made quite obvious that the majority of people wish to see you succeed and be happy. It is an excellent environment for aspiring musicians. As for dorm life, the conditions are basic, but not unclean or unattractive. The overall campus is beautiful and bucolic. Everything always appears well-kept and inviting, and provides a much-needed sense of earthiness amid the cement and brick buildings. There is an impressive amount of diversity on campus, and the University displays itself as one always willing to grow and maintain a worldly community. I have never felt unsafe on campus. The food is my only prominent negative. It is much too expensive for it's quality. Overall, WMU is an incredible stepping-stone!