The Martin Luther King Jr. Academy is a four-tier comprehensive program designed to offer academic, social, and professional development services that assist program participants from their first year at WMU through graduation. Each tier is designed to address particular developmental milestones associated with that phase of each student's matriculation.
For more information, please visit the MLK Academy website.
The STEM Program is designed to promote student success and to increase college graduation rates for academically and economically disadvantaged students. Eligible students are provided academic support through tutoring, mentoring, counseling/advising, multicultural activities, educational seminars, career and graduate school planning, and other resources designed to enhance their education and college experience, as well as to enable them to achieve a postsecondary degree.
Funding for this program is provided by the State of Michigan King-Chávez-Parks Initiative.
For more information, please visit the STEM Program website.
The purpose of the Western Michigan University College Assistance Migrant Program (WMU-CAMP) is to provide academic and financial support to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their children successfully complete their first undergraduate year at the University and continue in their postsecondary education. WMU-CAMP provides students with academic assistance, tutoring, career counseling, financial assistance, leadership development, and personal/group counseling. WMU-CAMP participants also receive follow-up services after successful completion of their first year.
WMU-CAMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.
For more information, please visit the CAMP website.
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is a member of the National Association of College Honor Societies. Mu Omicron was initiated at WMU in 1989, and it is the only chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu in the State of Michigan. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society is to promote high scholarship, to encourage sincere and zealous endeavors in all fields of knowledge and service, and to develop an appreciation for scholarly work and the scholarly endeavors in others. Alpha Kappa Mu's activities include sponsoring scholarly speakers, participating in the National Undergraduate Research Conference, and attending regional and national conferences and conventions.
For more information, please visit the National AKM Society's website.
The Michigan GEAR UP Program's mission is to provide an opportunity for students enrolled in targeted schools to discover first hand, the potential of a college education and to expose students to the information, knowledge and skills they need to complete high school and prepare them adequately for college entry and success. The MI GEAR UP Program partners with Michigan's 15 Public Higher Education Institutions, Michigan Department of Treasury and Partnership for Learning to target and provide services to 38 Public Secondary School districts and 77 school buildings throughout Michigan. The goal is to improve the entry into post-secondary education of students from the targeted areas.
The MI GEAR UP Program is a collaboration between Western Michigan University, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, please visit the Michigan GEAR UP website.
The Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.
The Upward Bound Program is federally fund through the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, please visit the Upward Bound website.
The Michigan Campus Compact program is funded by the MCC College Positive Communities Grant, the Division of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The program engages WMU students in service learning opportunities that address issues of college access for all youth and families in the Southwest Michigan area. A partnership has been established between the university community and the local community in order to provide families in the community with information to ensure an understanding of the process and preparation for a post-secondary education. The goal of the program is to ensure that participants are aware of the application process forth Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship and subsequently have access to post-secondary education upon graduation.
For more information, please visit the Michigan Campus Compact website.