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We prepare students for a life well lived so they can pursue their purpose and make a meaningful impact on society.

It’s time to Rethink Smart

At Western, you can seek a deeper understanding of who you are and who you’re meant to become. Beyond book smarts, your potential lies in your pursuit of purpose. It’s unleashed in a tenacity to question answers and the ability to think differently. It’s time to Rethink Smart. Are you ready?

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    See how we can help you explore your potential and pursue your purpose.

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    You’ll find endless opportunities to grow as a student, individual and member of a thriving community.

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    We have academics, faculty mentors and experiential learning that will help you reach your goals after graduation.

  • 9 of 10 Broncos are employed quickly, working in their fields in jobs they like

    Post-graduation Activity Report (2020-21)

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  • 90% of students felt instructors cared about them as a person

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  • 91% of graduates earned resume-worthy experience

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    This historic $550 million gift is a commitment to WMU’s mission to create an inclusive education that empowers people and communities to create a bright future for all.

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    Holistic wellness tools available to Broncos—YOU at Western, WellTrack and Uwill—promote self-reflection and allow students to be proactive with their health and well-being.

  • Western's Student Center in the center of main campus.

    The new student center will be the heart of campus where students will find community and belonging.

  • I've had the opportunity and been challenged to further develop introspection, interpersonal relationships and be a lifelong learner as I depart ... I'm happy I chose Western because of the community we have here; we strive for excellence for every student in every type of way.

    Kendall Owens '19, nursing and dance (from Plymouth, Michigan)

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FRACAA Workshop

Date: Dec. 2
Time: noon

Faculty who want to apply for Faculty Research and Creative Actives Award (FRACAA) are invited to join us for a workshop about the requirements of the award, as well as tips for applications. 

Senior Engineering Design Conference

Date: Dec. 6
Time: 8:09am
Location: Lobby Floyd Hall

The Senior Design Conference at Western Michigan University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences showcases the work of students from all disciplines. It is an opportunity for them to share fresh perspectives and develop new systems.

Books and Beer - Twice There Was A Country - Alen Hamza

Date: Dec. 7
Time: 5:00pm
Location: 2500 Knauss Hall

The University Center for the Humanities at Western Michigan University invites all to the next “Books and Beer” event. Books and Beer events celebrate publications from University faculty over the last year. This month we celebrate Alen Hamza from the Enlgish Department. 


Entrepreneurship forum featuring Kyle Buzzard

Date: Dec. 9
Time: 8:00am
Location: 2150 Schneider Hall

Kyle Buzzard is a designer, entrepreneur and investor based in Vicksburg, MI. Kyle spent ten years as a consultant in San Francisco and Chicago, leading the design of Chromecast, Google X self-driving cars and many other projects.

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