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Western Michigan University Overview

Western Michigan University is a public institution located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Western Michigan University Known For?

3,825 Undergraduate Awards
$24,889 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at WMU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from WMU with a bachelor's degree make about $45,000 a year. That's 10% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Western Michigan University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Paper Science & Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Industrial Production Technology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best Value Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#24 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#34 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#34 Best Value Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#46 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#84 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Western Michigan University?

Location of Western Michigan University

Contact details for WMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200
Phone: 269-387-1000
Website: https://wmich.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wmich
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wmunews

How Do I Get Into WMU?

You can apply to WMU online at: https://wmich.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for WMU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WMU?

82% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
69% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Western Michigan University is 82%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to WMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 490 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 470 to 590 )
200
800
WMU received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 18 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Western Michigan University?

$24,889 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
7.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WMU is $24,889. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WMU, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,792 a year. That adds up to $31,168 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WMU is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Western Michigan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,983 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,760 undergraduate students at WMU, with 14,983 being full-time and 2,777 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WMU

There are also 4,802 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,983 full-time undergraduates at WMU, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Michigan University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WMU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 312
Black or African American 1,687
Hispanic or Latino 1,072
White 10,225
International Students 928
Other Races/Ethnicities 759

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Western Michigan University. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 94 countries are represented at WMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Western Michigan University

1,236 Took All Classes Online
5,652 Took At Least One Class Online
6.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at WMU. In 2017-2018, 5,652 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WMU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 25th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Michigan University was 6.5%. This is the #1,560 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WMU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Air Transportation 1%
Alternative Medicine & Systems 50%
Computer & Information Sciences 7%
Educational Administration 14%
Gerontology 50%
Transportation & Materials Moving 1%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Dance #2
Alternative Medicine & Systems #4
Gerontology #19
Mental & Social Health Services #45
Visual & Performing Arts #64
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #70
Instructional Media Design #92
Teacher Education Subject Specific #135
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #140
Educational Administration #183
Nursing #341
Education #434

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Michigan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 265 0 99 0 364
Marketing 0 266 0 0 0 266
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 234 4 9 0 247
Social Work 0 72 0 154 0 226
General Biology 0 143 0 13 1 157
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 58 2 96 0 156
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 56 0 76 22 154
Accounting 0 124 0 29 0 153
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 87 0 57 2 146
Finance & Financial Management 0 141 0 0 0 141
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 136 0 0 0 136
Health & Physical Education 0 112 0 24 0 136
Mechanical Engineering 0 98 0 28 5 131
Nursing 0 125 0 5 0 130
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 122 0 0 0 122
Air Transportation 0 121 0 0 0 121
Public Relations & Advertising 0 116 0 0 0 116
General Psychology 0 98 0 4 0 102
Human Development & Family Studies 0 89 0 0 0 89
Industrial Engineering 0 17 0 69 2 88
Special Education 0 11 1 66 4 82
Human Resource Management 0 63 0 18 0 81
Music 0 54 0 21 0 75
Computer Science 0 47 0 19 8 74
Educational Administration 0 0 0 60 13 73
Electrical Engineering 0 42 0 16 7 65
Communication & Media Studies 0 48 0 15 0 63
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 43 0 18 0 61
Allied Health Professions 0 14 0 47 0 61
Communication Sciences 0 27 0 29 4 60
Computer Information Systems 0 58 0 0 0 58
Public Administration 0 0 0 52 5 57
Civil Engineering 0 28 0 20 4 52
Writing Studies 0 44 0 7 0 51
Drama & Theater Arts 0 51 0 0 0 51
Chemical Engineering 0 46 0 3 0 49
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 15 34 0 49
Political Science & Government 0 44 0 2 1 47
Fine & Studio Arts 0 47 0 0 0 47
Engineering-Related Fields 0 26 0 19 0 45
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 45 0 0 0 45
Romance Languages 0 32 0 10 2 44
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 39 0 4 0 43
Sociology 0 34 0 2 4 40
Student Counseling 0 0 4 32 3 39
Design & Applied Arts 0 37 0 0 0 37
Geography & Cartography 0 27 2 7 0 36
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 11 1 14 4 30
General English Literature 0 23 0 3 2 28
Teaching English or French 0 0 5 21 0 26
International Studies 0 25 0 0 0 25
Natural Resources Conservation 0 25 0 0 0 25
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 24 0 0 0 24
Anthropology 0 18 0 5 0 23
Dance 1 22 0 0 0 23
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 22 0 0 0 22
Economics 0 7 0 10 5 22
Statistics 0 3 1 14 2 20
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 20 0 0 0 20
Paper Science & Engineering 0 12 0 5 2 19
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 18 0 0 0 18
History 0 13 0 5 0 18
Philosophy 0 6 0 12 0 18
Industrial Production Technology 0 13 0 3 0 16
Public Health 0 0 0 16 0 16
Mathematics 0 8 0 3 5 16
Physics 0 6 0 7 2 15
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 14 0 0 0 14
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1 13 0 14
Computer Engineering 0 9 0 5 0 14
Ethnic Studies 0 14 0 0 0 14
Journalism 0 13 0 0 0 13
Chemistry 0 8 0 3 2 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Religious Studies 0 5 0 7 0 12
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 11 0 0 11
East Asian Languages 0 10 0 1 0 11
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Recreation Administration 0 9 0 0 0 9
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 8 0 0 8
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 7 0 0 0 7
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 4 3 7
Other Engineering 0 6 0 0 1 7
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 7 0 0 0 7
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 6 0 6
Applied Mathematics 0 6 0 0 0 6
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 5 5
Urban & Regional Planning 0 4 0 0 0 4
Information Technology 0 0 1 3 0 4
Germanic Languages 0 4 0 0 0 4
Child Development & Psychology 0 4 0 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Management Information Systems 0 3 0 0 0 3
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 3 0 0 0 3
Food Science Technology 0 2 0 0 0 2
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 2 0 0 0 2
Gerontology 0 0 2 0 0 2
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 2 2
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 2 0 0 0 2
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
General Business/Commerce 0 1 0 0 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 1 0 1
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 1 0 1
Other Education 0 0 0 1 0 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 1 0 0 0 1
Legal Professions (Other) 0 1 0 0 0 1
Medieval Studies 0 0 0 1 0 1
Construction Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Telecommunications Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Operations Research 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 3,824 58 1,328 122 5,333

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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