Community College Counselors

Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students for their transition from community college to Western Michigan University. The following resources may help you in working with prospective WMU transfer students.

Transfer guides

Knowing how a course transfers for University credit or toward degree requirements is critical in planning a student’s transition. WMU has many resources available to help students create the transfer plan that will work best.

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Updates from our office

Review our Counselor Update and sign up for our counselor mailing list to receive updates from the Office of Admissions. 

Application fee waiver

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

Admission requirements

WMU reviews several key factors to determine admission for each individual student. A solid core of college level work is recommended for transfer students planning to enroll at Western Michigan University.

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WMU academic contacts

Click here for our directory of advising contacts by academic college.

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Reverse transfer

Reverse transfer is an agreement between Western Michigan University and area community colleges that allows students to receive an associate degree by combining credits completed at WMU with credits earned at the community college.

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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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Visit campus

Campus tours for prospective students and families are offered Monday through Saturday, including special days for transfer students. Tours include an admissions presentation and walking tour of WMU’s main campus.

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Transfer newsletter for counselors

The WMU Transfer Newsletter contains valuable information for community college counselors and staff. Click on an issue below to view or print the newsletter

  • Stay tuned for the first edition of the 2017 newsletter series!

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