Western Michigan University (WMU) Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Western Michigan University Library
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Western Michigan University accepts over 80 percent of those who apply. Learn more about their admissions requirements and what it takes to get into this college.

Western Michigan University (WMU) is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and it is one of the state's 15 public universities. The school frequently ranks among the top 100 public universities in the country. Kalamazoo, with a population of around 75,000, is located about two hours west of Detroit.

Business is the most popular undergraduate field, but for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Western Michigan University was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Academically talented students should check out the Lee Honors College. In athletics, the WMU Broncos compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC). Popular sports include football, soccer, track and field, and basketball.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 23,227 (18,313 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50 percent Male / 50 percent Female
  • 82 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,493 (in-state); $26,851 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $948 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,561
  • Other Expenses: $2,366
  • Total Cost: $24,368 (in-state); $39,726 (out-of-state)

Western Michigan University Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 78 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 61 percent
    • Loans: 60 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,079
    • Loans: $7,986

Academic Programs

Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 32 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 22 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field

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Western Michigan University Mission Statement

mission statement from http://www.wmich.edu/about/mission/

"Western Michigan University is a student-centered research university, building intellectual inquiry, investigation, and discovery into all undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and public service. Nationally recognized and internationally engaged, the University:

  • Forges a responsive and ethical academic community
  • Develops foundations for achievement in pluralistic societies
  • Incorporates participation from diverse individuals in decision-making
  • Contributes to technological and economic development
  • Engenders an awareness and appreciation of the arts"

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics