Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI

(Rating 3 based on 5 reviews)

Western Michigan University offers 879-degree programs and 21 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 84%. The most popular test is SAT - 1% of students submitted it in comparison to 97% of students who submitted ACT. 48.4% are women, and 51.6% are men. 8% percents of international students. Western Michigan University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Western Michigan University is 15903$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $15520 and $22871 per year. 54% of full-time Western Michigan University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $42,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Western Michigan University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Western Michigan University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$12,464
$30,001 - $48,000$13,782
$48,001 - $75,000$16,589
$75,001 - $110,000$18,961

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 9238


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


12333 of Western Michigan University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 65 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Western Michigan University number 4 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Western Michigan University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Other alternative tuition plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Western Michigan University.


ROTC - Army

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Western Michigan University graduation rate is above the national average.

54% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Western Michigan University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Western Michigan University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 14%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Western Michigan University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 18%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Western Michigan University full-time retention rate is 79% and part-time retention rate is 50%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Western Michigan University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
880 - 1160

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 430 - 590
Math: 450 - 570
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Western Michigan University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 18 - 25
Math: 19 - 25
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Western Michigan University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Western Michigan University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Western Michigan University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 1903 West Michigan Avenue address in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Western Michigan University with 0.29% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, aggravated assault, and arson.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Western Michigan University offers 879 programs in total: 447 are for Bachelor's degree, 273 - for Master's degree, 120 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, 33 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree and Master's degree programs offered. Western Michigan University is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 21 distance learning programs that are offered in the Western Michigan University: 9 are for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 9 - for Master's degree and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.


Western Michigan University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 16914 students with 507411 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3248 with 77944 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 39 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Western Michigan University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Seriously one of the best experiences in my life was to be part of WMU for 3 years. The diversity of people on campus is enourmous. There are many great teachers in all different fields of study. Specially in autum the campus is beautiful. I went as an international student. Enjoyed very much the life on campus, the great learning environment at Waldo Library, the football games, the gym and running tracks. I also appreciate the kind of work that is done on the Arts: There is a constant show off of the works of students on campus on diverse fields of the arts, be it music, theater, literature, etc. Being a public university I think it´s great because many people benefit from it. Also the cafeteria food isn´t bad. Many beautiful people run around WMU campus.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Very shoddy educational facility. Wish I never would have enrolled. Thank God I'll go onto law school and not have to really ever mention that I went to Western. My community college classes were more informative and added more value than the majority of classes at this school. To add to it parking is a scam and joke, hundreds of dollars for a parking pass yet there isn't enough parking for the amount of passes they give out.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I'm a freshman this year at Western and I regret coming her at all. I am staying in the valleys with an unkept suite mate who has stained my towels, trashed our bathroom and nothing has been done. She has also had the cops called on her and is still somehow has not faced any consequences. As for the school itself, I feel that there is constantly a lack of communication. I am a first year student so I had no idea what to expect coming in here. Apparently I don't know the right questions to ask my advisors here because I am still left in the dark each time I make an appointment to figure out what my next move is. I have taken courses that I was told I needed in order to graduate, just to find out that I don't actually need the courses and I waisted an entire course period on a class I am 1. not interested in and 2. doesn't even help m in the long run. On top of that, I've had some very poor teachers that have made wanting to learn extremely hard in their class. They are mostly grad students who, simply put, do not know how to teach. I cannot wait to leave this campus and not return.

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Overall Rating:

WMU is big commuter school, main campus is silent at most hours of the day. Classes are generally good and interesting.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

It's a decent college. Parking is expensive and a joke, and they rip you off with a lot of fees and expensive books. Some professors even say to buy certain books but never use them, commission much? Professors are a hit and miss here. Some just lecture and nothing else, and some are caring and do a lot to help you succeed. Advisors and some staff are also somewhat useless, again hit n miss. The campus is beautiful and all classes are fairly close. Some buildings are out dated and are a nightmare to have classes in. Especially in Dunbar. The food is ok, don't get a meal plan or live in the dorms. Apartments are significantly cheaper and better. If you work hard you can get a degree here, but you'll waste a lot of money and time if you don't. Join some clubs and have fun. Just take in mind graduation rates are 25% here for a 4 year program.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1903 West Michigan Avenue


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2693871000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: wmich.edu

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