High School Counselors

Advisor helping a student.Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students for their transition from high school to college. The following resources are designed to help you in working with prospective Western Michigan University students.


We've compiled the information that school counselors may need into one place. View the PDF file of our 2016-17 Counselor Update

2016-17 WMU visit programs

  • Campus tours: Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and most Saturdays at 10 a.m. During July and August, we also offer tours most weekdays at noon.
  • 2017 Open House programs: Open Houses will be held on three Saturdays this fall: September 30, October 21 and November 4. 

Admission applications

Students may apply online or complete the paper application for admission. For students who need to finish an in-process application, we have created a step-by-step tutorial to walk them through the process to submit their application. 

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Admission criteria

WMU freshman admission criteria includes GPA, ACT or SAT score, high school curriculum and trend in grades.

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Admitted student checklist

This helpful checklist provides information on next steps for students admitted to WMU.

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Application fee waiver

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A counselor, or other school official, may request an Admission Application Fee Waiver for a student who meets an indicator of economic need, such as those eligible for free or reduced lunch, to have the student's $40 application fee waived. Counselors can request a fee waiver by providing the student with an electronic copy of the form (which the student will submit to WMU) or sending the form directly to WMU via mail or fax.

If your student has a fee waiver, they can either:

  1. Upload an electronic copy within the online application, or 
  2. Check "yes" on the fee waiver screen, submit the required counselor contact information, and continue on to finish the application.  

View waiver document

Application instructions

To prevent unnecessary delays, students are encouraged to read the application instructions before submitting their application for admission.

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Dual enrollment

High school students may apply to dual enroll at WMU. Dual enrollment advising is available through the Office of Pre-College Programming.

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Early/Middle college

High school students who attend an early/middle college are invited to apply and enroll at WMU.

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Foster Youth Initiative

WMU offers unique scholarship and support opportunities for students who have aged out of the foster care system.

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Your admissions connection

Find the WMU representative for your school and view our schedule of high school visits and college fairs.

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