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About Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is a public, state school that was founded in 1903. It is moderately difficult to get into Western Michigan University. It enrolls around 20,490 students a year, including 16,554 undergrads.

Western Michigan University does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Western Michigan University Acceptance Rate

Around 85% of applicants get into Western Michigan University each year. In 2021, 14,085 out of 16,582 total applicants were accepted.

Western Michigan University Application Deadlines

Early Admissions at Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University does not offer early decision. Western Michigan University does not offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on December 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $12,094
Out-of-State $15,118

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Western Michigan University.

Financial Aid at Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University meets 55% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $10,772 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Does Western Michigan University Offer Dorms?

Western Michigan University offers housing for up to 5,232 students.

Most Western Michigan University students live off campus.

The most popular organizations for Western Michigan University students to join are Campus Activities Board, Western Student Association and A Moment of Magic. Bronco Bash, Homecoming, and and International Festival are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Western Michigan University.

GPA and Test Scores for Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 /4.0.

Is Western Michigan University Test Optional?

Western Michigan University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Western Michigan University Waitlist

Western Michigan University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Western Michigan University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Michigan University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Western Michigan University, around 78% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,970 students who started at Western Michigan University as first-time freshman, 788 graduate within four years.

Around 57% of students who started at Western Michigan University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 75 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $45,000 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $34,858 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Western Michigan University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Western Michigan University a good school for you?

What is Western Michigan University's Endowment?

Western Michigan University's endowment was valued at $401,074,269 in 2021. For each full-time student, Western Michigan University spends about $12,438.

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Where is Western Michigan University Located?

Western Michigan University is located in the urban setting of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

If you want to see Western Michigan University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Kalamazoo, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1903 West Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Campus Setting: Urban

Western Michigan University Application Deadline

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Michigan University is Continuous processing.

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Western Michigan University Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Western Michigan University is like? There are approximately 20,490 students enrolled at Western Michigan University, including 16,554 undergraduate students and 3,936 graduate students. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 77% percent are from MI and 23% percent of students are from other states.


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