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Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University. is a Public college. Located in Michigan, which is a city setting in Michigan, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 18,313 full time undergraduate students, and 4,914 full time graduate students.
The Western Michigan University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 867 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Western Michigan University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at WMU are considered Less Selective, with ,138% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 22 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
70% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 32% were in the top quarter, and 11% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Western Michigan University.
298 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
210 Students rated off-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
319 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
334 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
335 Students rated class size 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
333 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.
334 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
334 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
149 Students rated Western Michigan University
Not a huge campus but also not small. Lots of kind people and you will always see people you know, but also have the opportunity to meet new people every day.
Western Michigan University has always been my dream school. The Campus is beautiful, the staff is always kind and ready to help, and the buildings are very well remodeled and beautiful. There are a lot of different options for community service in the area that are recommended to the students. WMU also has many options for clubs and groups that you can join for all kinds of people.
Like most places, it has its positives and negatives. Thankfully, the good outweighed the bad. It felt like we were in a little bubble while on campus. Once we left campus, we realized there was a world outside of Western. I enjoyed my time here for the most part; I was able to make friends and join a ton of clubs. It is a primarily inclusive environment, and I felt pretty safe. I loved most of my professors. I still talk to some of them years after taking their classes. I was able to relax and learn who I am while attending Western. I think not having familial influence helped me with that and counseling. I love that they took their students' mental health seriously and treated it like any other illness.
Unfortunately, it was a little too dull living there (to me). It was in such a small, quiet town, too. Overall, I would recommend Western to anybody that likes to party, is studious, and is outgoing and friendly.
I loved going to school here! I attended for 5 years and graduated from the Engineering Management program in 2019. The professors within the engineering college are very knowledgeable and most want to see you succeed so they help do that to the best of their ability. If you are willing to put in the time into their class and utilize office hours/ask questions then you will be in a good spot. The facilities on the engineering campus are new and updated and the parking is abundant here. I cannot say the same for main campus but the school is working to update older buildings currently.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Western Michigan University is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Be prepared balance your time. It can feel liberating being away from your parents and having all the freedom in the world. It is important to put the time into studying and completing assignments early before your deadline so you will have plenty of time to hang out with friends. As much as you try to ignore the looming due date while you try to hang out, it never quite leaves your mind and you cannot really have fun. This will only cause you more stress later. Procrastination may seem like the easiest road to take at the time, but it does not pay off. Get your work done early!
My classmates are very helpful. THey seem to be very outgoing and willing tohelp with anything anyone would need for class. They are always asking questions and getting others involved and keeping their minds active. I really enjoy going to class with the people in my classes.
Western Michigan is a great place to meet people, learn the field you are interested in and start you adult life.
I consider all of the student organizations to be the best thing because you can choose from so many and get involved! The student organizations are a great way to meet people, especially as a freshman. It is also provides a lot of opportunites for networking in the future and succeeding academically.
The buildings could use remodeling.
Our hockey team is really awesome. We have a strong sustainability program. We have several programs that were created here and are still number one in the country. The city is mostly a small college town, but there are still a lot of different things to do around Kalamazoo.
The school I am going to now is known for it's education I program. Since I am going into special education, I considered a college that I could get a good education from, as well as a degree that looked good when I went to find a ob in the future.
The best thing about WMU is the atomosphere. People are so friendly and you can feel the Bronco spirit in the air!!!
WMU is just the right size for me! Others may prefer a smaller or larger school. That all depends on the person. I like the size because there are a lot of people, but not so many that if affects my schooling (class sizes) or my commute to classes.
Kalamazoo is a "college town" in that there are 3 different places to enroll for higher education. Although there are a lot of college students, there are also a lot of families in the area.
WMU's administration is much better over the past two years. We have a new president who is very involved and highly visible around campus and at special events! It really shows how much he cares about the university and that he is interested in getting to know everything about it!
I think that there is a lot of school pride, but I must say that I see to many people wearing apparel from other schools. Michigan and Michigan State apparel are very common and I would like to see that diminish. I understand that people are fans of Big 10 schools, but I would rather see Bronco apparel increase.
Being an RA in Draper Siedschlag Residence Hall for 2 years will always be an experience that I will remember. Not only is it helping me now, but it's an experience that will help me continue to grow over the years for the rest of my life! Also, it has helped me meet lots of people and made me aware of all of the events that WMU has...it has truly made my entire experience at WMU so much better than I ever imagined.
A major complaint that I hear is the cost of Parking Passes.
Anyone who is looking for a great experience, and wants something more out of life. Someone who wants to be a leader, and not a follower should attend this school. People who are looking for more one on one with professors, and smaller classrooms.
I know my professors name and they know mine!
My favorite classes are my Elementary Education classes. I love them ALL!
Class participation is very common. I have a lot of discussion-based classes that are require involvement in order to get the most out of them!
Some students are very competitive, while others are not very motivated at all...
I'm in the Early Childhood Development major within Elementary Education. My minors are Science and Language Arts. Early childhood development basically means that I will be specialized in grades K-3rd and certified in grades K-5th.
In terms of spending time with professors outside of class, I go to office hours, but only if I need to. I'm not the type to just stop by to chat. At least I haven't thus far!
I'm glad that WMU is starting to try to get students out in 4 years. That needs to start happening again.
How the financial aid system works. I was really confused about how loans, grants, and cost of attendance worked together, and no one (including financial aid advisors at Western) was willing to really help me out.
Last year, I was late to fill out my FAFSA due to my parent's late taxes- I lost out on a lot of money this way, and ended up having to take out a $10,000 private loan in order to pay for my first year I'm paying for my education, so I was pretty angry about this. C'est la vie!
This University is great for all types of students from all different backgrounds! You will not ever feel excluded or feel like you dont fit in... there is a place for everyone here and it's a great University to be able to succeed at!
The Indian Students Association's performance for Western Michigan University's 18th annual International Festival.
The program I'm in for business automatically gives us classes at terrible times and on the worst days of the week.
Good Teaching Program
Good Aviation Program
Good Engineering Management Program
Good Paper Engineering Program
Increasingly better Engineering Program
Big Campus/Small Campus feel
All colleges have stereotypes that can have good or bad representations about them, sometimes they are about partying, professors, top ratings in different degrees, etc. When going to college as a student you will learn that stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. All colleges including Western Michigan has stereotypes, but it’s what you do when you go to off to college that defines the school you are representing. There are athletes, fraternities, sororities, students who are eager to learn and all types of different students. There are going to be stereotypes about the different groups that represent the college you are attending, but going to college isn’t about the stereotypes its about the best kind of education that they are giving to the student body and to me that’s the only one I care to listen to. Western Michigan is the school I chose to transfer to because they had the good types of stereotypes that represented what I was looking for like smaller class sizes, professors who know my name and are eager to help you get the best education possible, and they are one of the top schools for my major. Stereotypes are accurate to some degree, but its important to learn whether they are what’s really important about going to college.
I decided to go to this school for the small community feel I got when I toured the campus, but the large university setting and convenience. It was far enough from home that I felt like it would be a solid change and the Kalamazoo area is a great place to be a college student.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
78% of students
attending Western Michigan University receive some sort of financial aid.
34% were awarded federal grants.
While 59% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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