Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan
4-year Public university


Western Michigan University is a public institution established in 1903 with city setting located at kalamazoo. It is ranked 207 in National Universities in 2018 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar. The university offers more than 140 undergraduate programs and outside the classroom, WMU students can get involved by exploring more than 300 student organizations, playing a recreational sport or pledging one of the nearly 30 fraternities and sororities. Off campus, WMU students can check out Kalamazoo’s zoo, theater and festivals, or drive 40 minutes to the Lake Michigan beaches of South Haven.

#207 in National Universities
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1903
Selectivity Very Low
Size Large
17,936 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Transportation And Materials Moving
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $12,483
Outstate Tuition Fee $15,373
Room and Board Fees $10,143
$43,700 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


82% (Very Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$40 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.4 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

61 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

International Baccalaureate, grade of 5 in English at the Higher Level or, General Certificate of Education, grade of A, B or C in English from one of the five British-based examining boards or, Successful completion of ELS level 112 or, Successful completion of either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education from English speaking countries meets WMU English language proficiency requirements or, Successful completion of the advanced level in the WMU Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) and instructor recommendations (for most degree programs)

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$14,180 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$5,020 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $28,899
98% Students with need received Financial Aid
77% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Medallion Scholarship
Total Worth $15,000 per year
Eligibility Incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria 3.7+ GPA and 1240+ SAT or 26+ ACT
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship
Total Worth $25,000 over four years
Eligibility Incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria 3.7+ GPA and 1240+ SAT or 26+ ACT
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Bronco Merit Scholarship
Total Worth $2,500 per year
Eligibility Incoming freshmen
Minimum Criteria 3.4+ GPA and 1140+ SAT or 23+ ACT
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Foundation Scholarship
Total Worth $15,000 per year
Details 3.7+ GPA and verified financial need ; Completed admission and scholarship application due by February 15
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
Total Worth $1,000
Details Student must be the child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, sibling, or spouse of a WMU alumna or alumnus. Siblings of current students may also apply; Scholarship application due: February 1


17,936 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
78% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
51% Students graduate within 6 years