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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 15,063 undergraduate students. The Western Michigan acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Marketing, and Healthcare Management. Graduating 51% of students, Western Michigan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,300.
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
960-1190
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Test Prep

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Cost

Net Price
$15,219/ 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
$7,894/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

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.225 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.225 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,063Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,873
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 160 responses
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  • You can't describe all in one word everyone varies
    34%
  • Outgoing/friendly
    26%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Interesting
    12%
  • Average
    5%
  • Reserved
    3%
  • Diverse
    2%

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.268 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.319 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 171 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    25%
  • Sociable
    23%
  • Lively
    18%
  • Amazing
    12%
  • Busy
    11%
  • Flexible
    5%
  • One of a kind
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
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

3,310 reviews
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WMU is a great school that has taught me a lot. While it is not the most glamorous or prestigious of schools, it is a place I have come to love. I always feel welcome and safe, and there are always things going on; parties, schools sponsored events, RSOs, and much more always make their presence felt and are always a welcome addition to campus. While the food is good (not great) and many professors are still behind the times when it comes to online education, Western is still a great school. Go Broncos!
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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.
This university is constantly changing, but is so beautiful! WMU is a great place to make lifelong friends and get a great education. Some staff, I’m unsure how they are still able to teach (but I’m sure a ton of students at universities feel the same about some of their professors). Other professors are SO helpful and lead you to the resources you need. I am in IHS and I don’t think our academic advisors are the best. They don’t seem like they really want to help you, just get you in and out. Overall, love this place and glad I’ll be alumni soon.