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Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is a national research university enrolling nearly 24,000 students from across the United States and 100 other countries. Founded in 1903, it is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged public university that stands out among America’s more than 4,600 higher education institutions.

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Computer Science & IT (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)

About

History

In May 27, 1903 WMU was established by an act of the Michigan Legislature as a preparatory school for teachers and named Western State Normal School. 

Education

The University offers 152 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 33 doctoral programs, along with one program leading to a specialist degree and several others that lead to graduate-level certificates in innovative or high-demand areas of specialization. These programs are offered through seven degree-granting colleges: arts and sciences, aviation, education and human development, engineering and applied sciences, fine arts, Haworth College of Business, and health and human services.

Research

WMU researchers are advancing knowledge across the state and around the globe. A growing amount of their funded research is the product of partnerships with business, industry and government in areas such as advanced engineering and manufacturing, homeland security, information technology, the life sciences, and nanotechnology. These basic and applied collaborations enhance classroom instruction and career opportunities for students, as well as foster economic development in Michigan while expanding the 21st-century knowledge base.

Career

WMU has long met the state’s regional needs for higher education and career development programs, and continues to serve thousands of Michigan residents annually through its Online and Lifelong Learning offices, as well as its 10 regional locations.

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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2019
1084 -25
2018
1059
2017
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

Student Affairs is here to help students achieve success, both inside and outside of the classroom. Through a variety of resources, students can achieve their career, educational and personal goals, and become active members of the WMU community.

Housing services

Residence Life offers housing options for students who choose to live on campus. Conveniently located close to classes, residence halls and WMU apartments are great places to meet new people and build lifelong friendships. 

Library services

With more than 4.9 million total items and nearly 2.6 million total titles, Western Michigan University Libraries is the fourth largest university library system in Michigan and among the top 100 in the country. Library patrons are also connected with the holdings of 70,000 libraries worldwide.

Medical services

  • Sindecuse Health Center serves students with board-certified clinicians who specialize in college health care. A full-service pharmacy serves the campus community. 
  • Counseling Services is staffed by licensed counselors dedicated to helping students make safe and healthy choices. Health promotion programs are available to supplement a student’s college education. 

Student Life

Campus life

WMU’s campuses encompass 1,289 acres and 167 buildings (including utilities structures), and feature some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. Main campus—Located in Kalamazoo just west of the downtown, the main campus is home to most of WMU’s academic programs, campus services, residence halls and other facilities. It consists of three formally named campuses, all adjoining: the East, Oakland Drive and West campuses.

Sports facilities

The Student Recreation Center offers quality facilities and fitness programs for students and staff. The University Recreation office promotes healthy lifestyle choices, team building, leadership skills and opportunities for positive social interaction. Options include:

  • Fitness programs
  • Intramural sports
  • Open recreation

Student clubs

There are nearly 400 registered student organizations at WMU representing a dynamic and diverse student body. WMU encourages all students to enrich their academic lives, become involved in campus activities, and join student organizations.

Accreditation

Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good facilities and friendly faculty/staff, very diverse programs, and easier admission. The campus has good diversity among the student population. I found the university to be very welcoming towards international students. Costs remain relatively high but still represent good value for higher education the United States. The university is located 3 hours east of Chicago,...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university had a large variety of study abroad options, with a huge percentage of students who participated in study abroad at least once. The university offers us a great deal of support before, during, and after our study abroad experience which I have found to be extremely helpful during all three of my study abroad semesters.

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Meeting new people and interacting with a different culture.

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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