Western Michigan University


Western Michigan University

What makes Western Michigan different?
At Western, we’re redefining success as we expand what it means to be smart in an ever-changing world. Beyond preparing you for your career, perhaps the most special thing about Western is our approach to helping you find a deeper meaning and a better way of thinking. We believe a great education is about more than getting an A on an assignment.

It’s about also having purpose and creating a life well lived. It’s about knowing that failure is success in progress. It’s about preparing you for a meaningful life by helping you to pursue your purpose, thrive and prosper while making a meaningful impact on society.

Kalamazoo is a classic college town, just 35 miles from the Lake Michigan shore. From art hops and art fairs to festivals and farmers markets, to entertainment on stage and screen, Kalamazoo is bursting with can’t-miss culture all year round. 

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Aviation

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • Night Class Offerings
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver
  • Distance/online learning

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


You should apply as a first-year student if you are currently a senior in high school or in an early-middle college program. Those who have graduated from high school or completed high school equivalency such as GED but have not earned any college credit after graduating should apply as first-year students as well.


Apply as a transfer if you have graduated from high school or earned high school equivalency such as GED AND have any earned any college credit in a fall or spring term. Western Michigan University does not use the Common Application for transfer applicants. Find the transfer application at wmich.edu/apply.

Additional Information

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Your first move to securing financial aid is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at fafsa.gov. WMU’s Federal School Code is 002330. 

WMU offers need-based and merit-based scholarships to students enrolled full-time. That’s free money that you don’t need to pay back. Several academic and departmental scholarships are awarded each year for first-year students, transfer students and other undergrads. Learn more about your options at wmich.edu/admissions/scholarships.  

Kalamazoo Community
Our main campus combines a beautiful, warm and friendly environment in a safe and livable city with abundant resources that provide our students with access to internships, jobs and experiential learning opportunities. Kalamazoo is located half-way between Detroit and Chicago and just 35 minutes from the Lake Michigan beaches. Between biking, skiing, beach volleyball and so much more, our students truly enjoy a four-season playground!

Student Outcomes
We know a college education is a big investment. Nine of ten graduates are employed quickly, working in their field, in jobs they like. Broncos are confident that their investment will pay off. Shortly after graduation, graduates tell us:
  • 9 of 10 Broncos are employed quickly, working in their field in a job they like
  • 90% have a job related to their degree
  • 87% are satisfied with their jobs
  • 98% had at least one instructor who made them excited about learning
  • 90% of all WMU degree recipients completed at least one experiential education activity

Visit us

There’s simply no substitute for seeing Western Michigan University for yourself and experiencing a little slice of what makes Western so unique and beloved. This way, whether you decide to see it up close and personal or virtually, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of what a Western education can really mean for you and your future. For up-to-date details regarding in-person and virtual tour opportunities, visit wmich.edu/visit.

“Western won me over because there are so many different programs to choose from. I've chosen public health as my major, but I'm interested in so many things and I don't want to get trapped if I find something else that interests me. Western has a lot of other majors.”

Sierra Ward, Incoming Student, public health, Class of 2025
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211, United States of America

Phone number

(269) 387-2000