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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Western Michigan is an above-average public university located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 14,983 undergraduate students. The Western Michigan acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Marketing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Healthcare Management. Graduating 53% of students, Western Michigan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,300.
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference

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.

WMU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1190
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$15,863/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,216/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.199 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.228 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.228 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    23%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    4%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,983Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,777
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 159 responses
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  • You can't describe all in one word everyone varies
    35%
  • Outgoing/friendly
    28%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Interesting
    12%
  • Average
    5%
  • Reserved
    3%
  • 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.271 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.322 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 174 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    25%
  • Sociable
    23%
  • Lively
    18%
  • Amazing
    11%
  • Busy
    10%
  • Flexible
    5%
  • One of a kind
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ 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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Western Michigan University Reviews

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Western Michigan University, education can vary with different professors. Just like our first twelve years we have had those great and not so great teachers. Western has its great professors and some not so great; however, they are always willing to help you. If they know they aren't helping you comprehend the material they will point you to a different directions; whether its my seeking a different professor or a student who is able to teach the material, until you come to understand the material. Western Michigan University campus is definitely breathtaking, and if you don't feel like staying on campus, the university is in the heart of the city of Kalamazoo. There is a variety of things to do in Kalamazoo, it is definitely a city for students. This university in addition, is very diverse!
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Western Michigan University is a good university. It offers a lot of academic programs and student life activities. There are many different options for students to get and stay connected to other students on/off campus. The Kalamazoo area is not the safest, but as long as you are smart, it will not be a problem. The university built new dorms when I started my freshman year, and they were very nice. They are now building more student housing. Recently, they are continuing to update campus and have many great ideas, so I am excited to see how they all turn out when I come back as an alum!
Mostly great professors. Campus has a ton of new renovations and lots of fun ways to get involved and meet new people. I love how much help there is in the area with school, finances, etc. Most professors want you to succeed and it’s an overall great school! Student life is so much fun and Kalamazoo is such a cute city with lots to do. Very diverse and welcoming feel as well. Freshman year is such a great experience and there’s so many degrees to choose from. If you’re someone who doesn’t know what they want to do, there’s help to get you to a point where you’ll get it figured out. Lots of scholarship opportunities too!