Western Michigan University
Campuses and facilities
Western Michigan University’s campuses encompass more than 1,200 acres and 151 buildings, and feature some of the finest facilities in the country.
- 1,200 acres of campuses
- 151 buildings
- Aviation Campus - W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, home of the aviation college
- Main Campus - Kalamazoo, just west of downtown, divided into three adjoining areas: East, Oakland Drive and West campuses; home to most of WMU's academic programs, campus services, residence halls and other facilities.
- Parkview Campus - Kalamazoo, three miles west of main campus, home of the engineering college and Business Technology and Research Park
The main campus is able to house nearly 5,500 students. It includes a large, well-equipped recreation center, modern student apartment complex, and a variety of new facilities for instruction, science and other research and the visual and performing arts.
The University’s highly rated engineering college and thriving Business Technology and Research Park are at the Parkview Campus, while its nationally known aviation college is based at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek. Both the aviation campus and BTR Park are components of Michigan economic development SmartZones.
Regional locations and online education
Extended University Programs offers WMU’s quality academic programs close to home through online and lifelong education, and through eight regional locations in seven cities throughout Michigan.
- WMU-Battle Creek (269) 965-5380
- WMU-Grand Rapids Beltline (616) 771-9470
- WMU-Grand Rapids Downtown (616) 771-4100
- WMU-Lansing (517) 483-9728
- WMU-Metro Detroit (248) 485-4500
- WMU-Muskegon (231) 777-0500
- WMU Southwest (Benton Harbor) (269) 934-1500
- WMU Traverse City (231) 995-1846
- Arts and Sciences (269) 387-4350
- Aviation (269) 964-6375
- Haworth College of Business (269) 387-5050
- Education and Human Development (269) 387-2960
- Engineering and Applied Sciences (269) 276-3253
- Fine Arts (269) 387-5810
- Graduate College (269) 387-8212
- Health and Human Services (269) 387-7367
- Lee Honors College (269) 387-3230
Number of programs
WMU offers numerous degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It ranks second among Michigan colleges and universities in the number of bachelor’s programs offered.
Bachelor’s - 140 degree programs
Master’s - 69
Specialist - 1
Doctoral - 29
2010-11 - 3,835
2009-10 - 3,820
2008-09 - 3,969
2007-08 - 4,046
2006-07 - 4,527
Since 1918 - 197,246
2010-11 - 1,293
2009-10 - 1,334
2008-09 - 1,338
2007-08 - 1,278
2006-07 - 1,281
Since 1918 - 61,492
2010-11 - 128
2009-10 - 110
2008-09 - 103
2007-08 - 111
2006-07 - 95
Since 1918 - 2,473
Enrollment (fall 2012)
WMU is Michigan’s fourth largest research university and among the 100 largest in the country, attracting a diverse, culturally rich student body from around the state, country and globe.
Total students - 24,598 (100%)
Men - 11,857 (48%)
Women - 12,741 (52%)
Minorities - 4,638 (19%)
Michigan - 21,741 (88%)
Other states - 1,282 (5.2%)
Other countries - 1,575 (6.4%)
Undergraduate - 19,478 (79%)
Graduate - 5,120 (21%)
Entering freshman profile (fall 2011)
Middle 50 percent range ACT scores - 20-25
Average high school GPA - 3.32
Students in top 25 percent of high school class - 1,155 (35%)
Tuition and fees are available at wmich.edu/tuition, including information on differential tuition charged students in the Haworth College of Business and College of Fine Arts. WMU ranks 10th in tuition and fees among the state’s 15 public universities and is the least expensive of Michigan’s five top-tier research universities.
Financial aid and scholarships (2009-10)
WMU awarded $270 million in financial assistance to more than 19,600 students. About $55 million of this total went to 3,200 graduate students.
Worldwide information resources
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.
University Libraries (2010-11)
- 4,949,154 total items, print and nonprint
- 2,579,526 total titles, print and nonprint
- 223,210 electronic books
- 50,229 electronic subscriptions
- 2,775 print subscriptions
- 388 online databases
- 29,958 audio-visual items (CDs, DVDs, etc.)
- 220,059 maps
WMU offers nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, from physics and speech pathology and audiology to creative writing and medieval studies.
More than 5,000 graduate students study and conduct research at the University. They are welcomed into faculty labs and studios, and participate in groundbreaking work being done in partnership with business, industry and government across Michigan and around the world.
WMU enrolls nearly 1,400 international students from about 90 countries. The faculty includes hundreds of scholars with academic or research experience outside of the United States, who are engaged in collaborative activities and projects on six continents.
The University offers students study abroad programs in two dozen countries and access to foreign study opportunities in almost every country in the world.
Major and minor offerings include rare interdisciplinary programs in global and international studies as well as programs in comparative politics, international business, selected regions of the world, and foreign language studies that include Arabic, Chinese and Russian. The University hosts a fully accredited intensive English language program for international students.
Major components of student life include health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, residence life and campus dining, career and leadership development, student-led activities and organizations, and a host of programs designed to support the academic mission of the University and help guide students toward lives as responsible citizens and leaders.
Arts and entertainment
WMU offers a wide range of arts and entertainment including more than 1,200 plays, concerts, exhibitions and readings featuring the work of student, faculty and guest artists. The Campus Activities Board and other student organizations sponsor performances by popular comedians and musicians. WMU is home to Miller Auditorium, the third largest theatre in Michigan, which features Broadway hits and internationally acclaimed performances of ballet, opera, music and dance.
Principal visual arts and performance venues
Dalton Center - dance studios, recital hall, multimedia room
Gilmore Theatre Complex - Shaw Theatre, Williams Theatre, York Arena Theatre
Little Theatre - films and readings
Miller Auditorium - 3,500-seat auditorium
Richmond Center for Visual Arts - galleries and presentation space
WMU is committed to gender equity and is an NCAA Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision) member of the Mid-American Conference and the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. WMU supports 16 varsity sports—six for men and 10 for women. Visit wmubroncos.com for complete information.
Men’s varsity sports
Women's varsity sports
Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
WMU has 180,000 alumni worldwide, living in all 50 U.S. states and more than 140 other countries. While the alumni population has grown significantly over the past 20 years, the geographic distribution has remained fairly constant.
- 96 percent of all WMU alumni live in the United States. Other countries with the largest number of alumni are Malaysia, India, Japan, China and Canada.
- 67 percent of all WMU alumni live in Michigan. Other states with the largest number of WMU alumni are Illinois, Florida, California, Indiana and Ohio.
- 60 percent of all WMU alumni live in the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
- The largest concentrations of alumni are in the metro areas of Kalamazoo, Detroit, Chicago and Grand Rapids.
Major milestones in WMU history
- May 27, 1903 - WMU established by act of the Michigan legislature
- 1904 - First classes offered with 117 students enrolled
- 1905 - Two-year teaching certificates awarded at first commencement
- 1909 - First regional location opens in Grand Rapids
- 1920 - First bachelor's degrees awarded
- 1939 - Nickname changed from Hilltoppers to Broncos
- 1953 - First master's degrees awarded
- Feb. 26, 1957 - Western Michigan becomes the state's fourth public university.
- 1968 - First doctoral degrees awarded
- 1997 - Phi Beta Kappa chapter established at WMU
- 2000 - WMU joins the University of Michigan, Michigan State and Wayne State as Carnegie Foundation-classified doctoral-research universities.
- 2013 - WMU becomes a medical university
Human resources (fall 2010)
Regular staff - 1,873
Full-time faculty - 866
Faculty chairs - 51
Part-time faculty - 524
Graduate assistants - 848
Total - 4,162
Research and sponsored programs
2010-11 - $35,715,764
2009-10 - $34,107,248
2008-09 - $32,290,781
2007-08 - $23,564,158
2006-07 - $33,515,217
2005-06 - $38,946,094
2004-05 - $31,663,397
2003-04 - $40,197,985
2002-03 - $32,920,856
2011-12 - $18,722,242*
2010-11 - $9,903,152
2009-10 - $10,856,003
2008-09 - $12,071,009
*Does not include $20,627,020 for the WMU School of Medicine
Financial operations (2009-10)
General fund - $292,228,991
Auxiliary enterprises - $94,457,446
Other activities - $111,380,592