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Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

Western Michigan University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Michigan University. The university admitted 85% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 20,501 applications received in 2023, 17,334 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Western Michigan University, the regular decision application deadline is June 1 and the fee for the application is $40.

Students who apply to Western Michigan University for fall semester should hear back from Western Michigan University by June 15.

Western Michigan University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Western Michigan University's admissions stats.

Western Michigan University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 14.9%
Mean SAT Score 1110
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 46%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
Waitlist No

Western Michigan University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Western Michigan University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 15
Regular Decision Yes 6 1 June 15

Want to Apply Early to Western Michigan University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 15.

Western Michigan University accepts approximately 89% of early action applicants and 85% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Western Michigan University admitted 15,1 of the 16,933 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Western Michigan University Admissions

Transferring to Western Michigan University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Western Michigan University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Western Michigan University

Wondering what factors are considered by Western Michigan University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Western Michigan University for more information on admission factors.

Western Michigan University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Western Michigan University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Western Michigan University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Western Michigan University?

Students admitted to Western Michigan University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 60.5% submitted a class rank. At Western Michigan University 14.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 39.9% were in the top 25% and 74.6% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Western Michigan University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 16.5%
3.75 and 3.99 21.8%
3.50 and 3.74 18.8%
3.25 and 3.49 16.1%
3.00 and 3.24 11.9%
2.50 and 2.9 13.8%
2.00 and 2.49 1.1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Western Michigan University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 46% of Western Michigan University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Western Michigan University?

To be competitive with other Western Michigan University applicants, you should aim to score between 1000 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Western Michigan University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Western Michigan University student is 1110.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Western Michigan University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Western Michigan University students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at Western Michigan University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Western Michigan University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Western Michigan University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Western Michigan University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Western Michigan University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Western Michigan University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Western Michigan University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Western Michigan University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Western Michigan University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Western Michigan University accept transfer credits?

✅ Western Michigan University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Western Michigan University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Western Michigan University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Western Michigan University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Western Michigan University?

❌ No, Western Michigan University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Western Michigan University's acceptance rate?

✅ Western Michigan University has an acceptance rate of 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Western Michigan University?

❌ Western Michigan University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Western Michigan University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Western Michigan University was 89% in 2021.

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Western Michigan University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Western Michigan University? Western Michigan University is a somewhat selective institution. The Western Michigan University acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


Western Michigan University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Western Michigan University is Jun 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Michigan University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Western Michigan University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1220


Math SAT Range

490 - 610


Reading SAT Range

500 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above


1000 to 1220


1000 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Western Michigan University students is 1110. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Western Michigan University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Western Michigan University.

Western Michigan University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Western Michigan University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.5. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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