Students standing on the bridge at Goldworth Valley Pond.

Fast Facts

We’ve rounded up a few impressive points that support why Western Michigan University is a smart choice to fulfill your potential.

Research

  • A student in a research lab.

Business

  • A student making a presentation in the Haworth College of Business.
  • Top program for sales and business marketing for 15th year in a row

    Sales Education Foundation

    Read the report

  • Top 15 integrated supply management program

  • A pilot student standing in front of the WMU planes.

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

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

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and post-baccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. Three weeks before each graduation, all graduating students receive an email on behalf of their college dean, department chairperson or program director with a personalized link to the Post-graduation Activity Survey. Nonrespondents receive at least four reminders via email. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. Based on the survey respondents, 74% were employed full time, 3% were employed part time and 16% employed their degree to gain admittance to graduate school or were otherwise continuing their education. In addition, 88% were satisfied with their job, based on 1,175 responses. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

93% of graduates are employed or continuing their education

  • 93% of graduates are employed or continuing their education

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. Based on the survey respondents, 74% were employed full time, 3% were employed part time and 16% employed their degree to gain admittance to graduate school or were otherwise continuing their education. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

88% of graduates are satisfied with their job

  • 88% of graduates are satisfied with their job

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 1,175 graduates responded to the question about job satisfaction. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

89% of graduates say their education and experiences at Western prepared them for their profession

  • 89% of graduates say their education and experiences at Western prepared them for their profession

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

91% of graduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences

  • 91% of graduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

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

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

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

98% of Broncos had instructors who made them excited about learning

  • 98% of Broncos had instructors who made them excited about learning

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

$45,000-$50,000 median salary for recent graduates

  • $45,000-$50,000 median salary for recent graduates

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 1,061 graduates responded to the question about their salary for full-time employment. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

19% of undergraduates are furthering their education

  • 19% of undergraduates are furthering their education

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 2,287 undergraduate students who completed their degrees responded to the survey about whether they were employed or in graduate school. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

92% flight and tech ops post-graduation success rate

  • 92% flight and tech ops post-graduation success rate

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 98 graduates from the College of Aviation responded to the question about employment, continuing education or military service. Of that group, 68% were employed full time, 8% employed part time, 9% were continuing their education and 6% were engaged in military service. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

96% of College of Education and Human Development graduates are actively engaged in their field shortly after graduation.

  • 96% of College of Education and Human Development graduates are actively engaged in their field shortly after graduation.

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 539 graduates from the College of Education and Human Development responded to the question about employment, continuing education or military service. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

No. 106 ranked Graduate School of Education by U.S. News and World Report

  • No. 106 ranked Graduate School of Education by U.S. News and World Report

For the 2023 Best Graduate Schools of Education ranking, U.S. News and World Report evaluated education schools on research activity, academic excellence of entering students, faculty resources and opinions on program quality from education school deans and school hiring professionals. In fall 2021 and early 2022, U.S. News collected statistical and reputation data directly from education schools for the overall Best Education Schools ranking. Please review U.S. News and World Report for detailed information about the methodology.

$60,000 - $65,000 median salary for recent College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates

  • $60,000 - $65,000 median salary for recent College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 153 graduates from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences responded to the question about their salary. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

94% of recent College of Engineering and Applied Sciences grads are satisfied with their jobs

  • 94% of recent College of Engineering and Applied Sciences grads are satisfied with their jobs

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 332 graduates from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences responded to the question about their job satisfaction. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

$55,000 - $60,000 median salary of students after graduate school

  • $55,000 - $60,000 median salary of students after graduate school

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 346 graduates from the Graduate College responded to the question about their salary for full-time employment. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

Top 100 in the nation for 6 graduate programs

  • Top 100 in the nation for 6 graduate programs

Western Michigan University graduate programs that ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report were audiology (No. 46 - tie), occupational therapy (No. 58 - tie), rehabilitation counseling (No. 37 - tie), social work (No. 94 - tie), speech-language pathology (No. 63 - tie) and statistics (No. 96 - tie). For the 2023 Best Graduate Colleges ranking, U.S. News and World Report evaluated institutions based on two types of data: expert opinion about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. The data for the rankings came from statistical surveys of more than 2,150 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,200 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2021 and early 2022. To gather the peer assessment data, U.S. News asked deans, program directors and senior faculty to judge the academic quality of programs in their field on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). To assess academic reputation, U.S. News also surveyed professionals who hire or work with new graduates. In the summer of 2021, the schools supplied U.S. News with the names of those to be surveyed for peer assessment in the fall of 2021 and early 2022. Please review U.S. News and World Report for detailed information about Western's graduate program rankings.

96% of graduate students are working or continuing their education after graduation

  • 96% of graduate students are working or continuing their education after graduation

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 1,059 graduate students who completed their degree responded to the survey. A total of 83% are employed full time, 4% are employed part time and 9% are continuing their education. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

95% of graduate students felt their instructor cared about them as a person

  • 95% of graduate students felt their instructor cared about them as a person

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 1,059 graduate students who completed their degree responded to the survey. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

95% of graduate students said their education and experience as a student at WMU prepared them for their profession.

  • 95% of graduate students said their education and experience as a student at WMU prepared them for their profession.

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 1,059 graduate students who completed their degree responded to the survey. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

9 of 10 WMU Haworth graduates are working or in graduate school quickly after earning their degrees

  • 9 of 10 WMU Haworth graduates are working or in graduate school quickly after earning their degrees

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. Three weeks before each graduation, all graduating students receive an email on behalf of their college dean, department chairperson or program director with a personalized link to the Post-graduation Activity Survey. Nonrespondents receive at least four reminders via email. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 687 graduates from the Haworth College of Business responded to the question about employment, continuing education or military service. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

97% Haworth College of Business graduates had at least one instructor who made them excited about learning

  • 97% Haworth College of Business graduates had at least one instructor who made them excited about learning

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 732 graduates from the Haworth College of Business responded to the survey. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

82% of College of Education and Human Development undergraduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences

  • 82% of College of Education and Human Development undergraduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 255 graduates from the College of Education and Human Development responded to the survey. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

97% of College of Health and Human Services graduates are working or continuing their education

  • 97% of College of Health and Human Services graduates are working or continuing their education

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 604 graduates from the College of Health and Human Services responded to the survey about employment, continuing education or military service. Of that group, 67% were employed full time, 2% employed part time, 27% were continuing their education and less than 1% were engaged in military service. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.

97% of College of Health and Human Services graduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences

  • 97% of College of Health and Human Services graduates had one or more resume-worthy learning experiences

Through WMU's 2020-21 Post-graduation Activity Survey of graduates (bachelor's, master's, doctoral and postbaccalaureate certificate), the University collected data for a total of 3,346 graduates, or 69%, of those who earned their degrees between August 2020 and June 2021. The data collection cycle ended on Oct. 30, 2021. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of the data in the report was obtained through an online questionnaire and 32% through LinkedIn. A total of 604 graduates from the College of Health and Human Services responded to the survey. Please review the Post-graduation Activity Report for detailed information about the methodology.