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Colleges / Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University Student Life

Western Michigan University is on a 1,289-acre campus in an urban setting in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Western Michigan University has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Western Michigan University also has fraternities and sororities.

Western Michigan University has a thriving Campus Activities Board. In fact, more students participate in Campus Activities Board than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Western Michigan University include Western Student Association, A Moment of Magic, FOCUSKalamazoo and Alternative Bronco Breaks.

Western Michigan University students' favorite campus traditions are Bronco Bash, Homecoming and International Festival.

Western Michigan University Housing

Western Michigan University offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Western Michigan University students live off campus. In 2021, 21.3% of undergrads at Western Michigan University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 78.7% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Western Michigan University. There are 5,232 spots available in on-campus housing for all 16,554 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 3,350 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 70% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Western Michigan University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Western Michigan University Athletics

At Western Michigan University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Western Michigan University:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Lacrosse Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Sailing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Skiing (Downhill) Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Swimming And Diving Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Water Polo Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Rock Club Teamslimbing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Volleyball Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Racquetball Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Is Western Michigan University Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Western Michigan University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Western Michigan University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Western Michigan University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Additionally, Western Michigan University has residence hall security system, engravers for identification of items, free bicycle registration.

Plan a Visit to Western Michigan University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Western Michigan University, take Interstate 94 to Kalamazoo, MI. If you need to fly, book your flight to Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Michigan you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Western Michigan University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Western Michigan University Students

50%

Women

50%

Men

80%

Full Time

20%

Part Time

77%

In State

23%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

68%

10%

8%

5%

4%

2%

2%

0.43%

0.08%

Undergraduate Students

16,554

Graduate Students

3,936

Non-Resident / International Students

849

Western Michigan University Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

20,490

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

85%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,017

Out-of-State

$16,041

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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