Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 23,227
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 17:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 6,713 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Western Michigan University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 13,613 applications and 11,205 students were granted admission. Western Michigan University is at the #80 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 96% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 1% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT900 to 1115
ACT19 to 25

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Western Michigan University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $25,928 and in-state students paid $10,570.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 78% of Western Michigan University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 34% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,589 (which is 3.5% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Western Michigan University in 2016-2017, was 1,754, which is 59% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,738 (which is 8.2% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Western Michigan University has enrolled a total of 23,227 students (16,201 students full-time and 7,026 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 23,227 students, 1,634 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 49% men and 51% women and 18,313 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 4,914 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,104 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 69%

Black/African American: 11%

Non-resident alien: 8%

Hispanic: 5%

Two or more races: 3%

Asian: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Western Michigan University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 16% 357 295
Health Professions And Related Programs 14% 318 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 260
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 7% 160
Engineering 6% 148
Psychology 6% 138
Social Sciences 6% 137
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 4% 90
Visual And Performing Arts 2% 51
Mathematics And Statistics 2% 42

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Western Michigan University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Western Michigan University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $30,000. Last year, out of the total 5,554 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 5,221 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 7,439 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 6,844 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $30,000 $43,700
Employment Rate 94% 92%
Total Graduates 5,554 7,439

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Western Michigan University.

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41.8 mile away
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62.5 mile away
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65.8 mile away
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