B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  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
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C
Western Michigan University is ...
Public
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
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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

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
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.204 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.204 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,416Undergrads
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 139 responses
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  • You can't describe all in one word everyone varies
    32%
  • Outgoing/friendly
    29%
  • Determined
    17%
  • Interesting
    13%
  • Average
    5%
  • Reserved
    4%
  • Obnoxious
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.247 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.298 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 150 responses
Report
  • Sociable
    26%
  • Diverse
    23%
  • Lively
    18%
  • Amazing
    13%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Flexible
    5%
  • Favorable
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,700/ 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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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!
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I am a transfer here and so far I like it! I hate living on campus. NEVER LIVE IN FRENCH HALL! It's dirty and unsafe. It's an awful environment and they don't let you cancel housing contracts. Other than that, the food is really good, depending on where you go. Bigelow isn't good and there aren't many to go options. Valley Dining, Bistro and some of the cafes are great. There's so many ways to get involved too! Greek Life is kinda small here but we all support each other and it's a great community. We have great athletics and academics too. There's so many majors and great professors that really care and want to help. Just be careful about where you live if you're living on campus.
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!