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Are students involved in professional conferences?

Is there access to computers or do I need to purchase a computer?
You will need to purchase a computer, preferably a laptop computer.

Do graduate students typically live on or off campus?
Graduate students typically live off-campus, although there are furnished and unfurnished apartments available on campus. WMU’s housing office helps students locate off-campus housing as well as on-campus housing. Current graduate students can provide excellent information about housing in the community as well.

What is Kalamazoo like?
Our graduate students describe Kalamazoo as a combination of a college town and city. Kalamazoo’s unique downtown showcases fine restaurants, markets, bars, and shopping. It’s not too big, but big enough so that you always feel safe, won’t get lost, and you can always find something to do.  It’s located dead center between Detroit and Chicago, so you’ll also have access to big city cultural, musical, sporting, and entertainment events for a weekend or day trip. Grand Rapids is just 40 minutes away, which often attracts big events. The Kalamazoo area has excellent sushi, tapas, Thai, Italian, and Indian restaurants and several summer festivals annually. Plenty of culture and art can be found for those interested enough to look. It’s also close to Lake Michigan, where beaches are reminiscent of the ocean.

How safe is WMU?
WMU is widely considered a safe campus by its students. Feel free to refer to annual safety report published by the WMU Department of Public Safety.

Do I need a car?
Yes, you need a car to get to and from campus and drive to the many organizations in the surrounding community that provide applied training to our students.