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Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI

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About Western Michigan University

Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University (WMU) is a large public research university. The main campus is near the downtown area of Kalamazoo. WMU was one of the first universities in the country to offer wireless access throughout the campus. In addition to its commitment to access to technology, WMU has been recognized as a top 'green college' for its environmentally responsible practices. Among its well-recognized academic programs and research centers is the Medieval Institute, which offers academic and research programs. The institute also sponsors the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, the largest annual conference for medieval scholars.

Academics

Through its nine colleges, WMU offers 140 undergraduate, 69 master's degree and 29 doctoral programs to more than 25,000 students. Bachelor's degree programs in marketing, general business administration and accounting in the Haworth College of Business are among the most popular undergraduate programs. The College of Aviation also has a large undergraduate program. Graduate programs offered by the College of Health and Human Services are among WMU's most highly regarded. U.S. News & World Report ranked the audiology, occupational therapy, physician assistant and speech-language pathology programs in the top 50 in 2012.

WMU also offers academic programs through seven regional satellite campuses and online. Several bachelor's degree, master's degree and graduate certificate programs are offered in online and hybrid formats. Through WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, students can participate in more than 70 study-abroad programs in over 30 countries.

Admissions

WMU has a rolling admissions policy and recommends that high school students apply as early as possible during the fall of their senior year. Students must complete a paper or online application and submit ACT or SAT scores and high school transcripts or a GED score report. Complete applications and admissions materials must be submitted by December 1 for priority consideration for scholarships. WMU grants college credit in several subjects for achieving acceptable scores on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. Graduate students apply through their respective program departments, which have varying application deadlines.

In Fall 2011, 83% of undergraduate applicants were accepted, and 26% of those admitted were enrolled, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This undergraduate student body was evenly divided between female (49%) and male students (51%) and was predominantly white (77%). The majority of undergraduates came from Michigan (88%).

Tuition and Financial Aid

The NCES estimated that WMU undergraduates paid $9,606 for in-state tuition and fees and $22,338 for out-of-state tuition and fees in 2011-2012. The university charges different undergraduate tuition rates by class; juniors and seniors pay slightly more than freshmen and sophomores. There is some tuition variation by college, as well. According to the NCES, 2011-2012 undergraduates paid about $1,040 for books and supplies, and those choosing to live on campus paid an estimated $8,249 for room and board.

Undergraduate financial aid packages may consist of scholarships, grants, loans and work studies. Incoming freshmen are considered for a variety of merit-based scholarships, including the prestigious Medallion Scholarship, which awards top students $12,500 per year. Loans and scholarships are primary funding sources for graduate students. Graduate students may also apply for fellowships and assistantships offered by various departments, which may affect financial aid awards. Assistantships are available for teaching, research or service.

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY QUICK FACTS
School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 20,054 undergraduates, 5,032 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing Options Main campus can house 5,500 students; freshmen generally live in residence halls**
ACADEMICS
Schools and Programs Nine colleges, approximately 240 undergraduate and graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (185)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (114)
Doctorate: Counseling Psychology and Educational Administration (12)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 22% in four years
54% in six years
57% in eight years*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate 83% in 2011*
Entering Class Size About 3,750 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time students and 36% for part-time students*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 20-25 for Fall 2011*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; applications must be submitted by December 1 for priority consideration for scholarships**
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions**
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2011-2012) 2011-2012 base tuition rate:
$9,606 per year (in-state students)
$22,338 per year (out-of-state students)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (36%)
State and local grants and scholarships (10%)
Institutional grants and scholarships (60%)
Federal student loans (77%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 88% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Western Michigan University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211
  • Phone: (269) 387-2000
  • Website: www.wmich.edu

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