Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University Admissions and School Information

Western Michigan University is a public 4-year university in Kalamazoo, MI, where almost 25,000 students pursue degrees or certificates at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Western Michigan University is best known for medieval studies, aviation and the allied health sciences and professions (physician assistant, occupational therapy and speech pathology particularly).

About Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University consistently makes U.S. News and World Report's list of the Top 100 public universities, with its occupational therapy, physician assistant and speech pathology programs ranked among the country's top 50. The American Society for Engineering Management called WMU's undergraduate program third in the nation in 2006, and WMU took the top spot in ASEM's graduate engineering management program rankings. Western Michigan University boasts one of the biggest aviation programs in the United States. The WMU precision flight team has an 18-year history of top-4 rankings in national competitions.

The school offers 140 undergraduate degree programs, 97 graduate degree programs and 60 study-abroad programs. Certificate programs in geographic information systems, alcohol and drug abuse, educational technology, nonprofit administration, health care administration, ethnohistory and holistic health may be taken whether the student is pursuing a graduate degree or not.

Admissions and Enrollment Information for Western Michigan University

To apply at the undergraduate level, applicants fill out online applications and send registration fees, high school transcripts or GED scores, official transcripts from any colleges attended and ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Graduates apply to the specific degree program they want.

The University's Medallion Scholarship program is one of the biggest U.S. merit-based scholarship programs, awarding approximately 15 $40,000 4-year awards. Several merit-based Dean's, Presidential and Provost Scholarships are awarded each year. The need-based Bronco First Scholarship and the John Seita Scholarship for youth who are aging out of the foster care system are among the other grant opportunities provided through the university.

Western Michigan University Colleges

College of Arts and Sciences

Students enroll here for humanities, physics and natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies or the medieval institute program. The Master's International Program in Development Administration offers an option to replace some coursework with two years of Peace Corps service.

College of Aviation

Aspiring pilots major in aviation flight science at this college, while future airframe and powerplant mechanics study aviation maintenance technology. The aviation science and administration program trains students for entry-level careers in airport, airline and general aviation management. The aviation program is based in nearby Battle Creek, MI, at the W.K. Kellogg Airport.

Haworth College of Business

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree program offers 15 majors and as many minor options. Classic business fields like economics, management and human resources are listed alongside majors in food and consumer package goods marketing, electronic business design and computer information systems. Options for graduate students include the Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration with eight possible specializations.

College of Health and Human Services

Undergraduate and graduate programs train students for careers as social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, physician's assistants or nurses. Students may choose well-developed majors in interdisciplinary health care. A certificate and a minor in holistic health care are also available.

College of Education and Human Development

With 16 teacher certification-focused majors and 12 non-certification majors for undergraduates, plus 25 teaching and administration master's and doctoral degree programs, Western Michigan University's education college is a leading source of teachers in the state. Bronco students can pursue traditional teacher preparation for elementary, secondary and special education settings. The college also offers degrees in counseling, educational leadership, research and technology in education, consumer and family sciences, health and physical education.

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Students entering this college begin as pre-engineering students. After completing initial courses satisfactorily, they may apply for the target major and begin upper-level courses. Computer science, paper science, engineering graphics and technology, manufacturing engineering technology, engineering management and imaging complement nine traditional engineering specialties. The Foundry Program guides students toward careers in metal casting.

College of Fine Arts

The Frostic School of Art, the School of Music, the Department of Dance and the Department of Theatre offer undergraduate and graduate programs to about 1,200 students. All are accredited by their respective national associations; only eight fine arts colleges nationwide have that distinction.

Lee Honors College

Incoming freshmen may be invited to the Lee Honors College if their ACT composite scores are 26 or better and their GPAs are at least 3.6 or they graduate in the top 10% of their classes. Winners of WMU's top merit scholarships are automatically enrolled. The program includes linked courses, small seminars and an honors thesis.

Graduate College

The offices of this college shape policy and provide services regarding graduate study at WMU. They also collaborate to create and implement new graduate programs.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Phone: (269) 387-2000