Admitted Broncos

Congratulations on your admission to Western Michigan University! We are excited to welcome you as a Bronco! This resource page outlines your next steps for first-year students as you prepare for enrollment at WMU.

Additionally, we encourage you to register for a Future Bronco Day and learn more about becoming a Bronco. These events specifically designed for incoming first-year students will allow you to review how to complete your next steps, engage with WMU representatives and get your questions answered about joining the Bronco community. 

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Your Next Steps to Becoming a Bronco!

  • 1. Confirm your admission through your Gold Gateway account.

    Let us know that you plan to attend WMU by confirming your admission and submitting your $100 Enrollment Deposit, or request a deposit waiver. This fee confirms your enrollment and is applied to your fall semester tuition. Visit our Enrollment Deposit instruction website for more information. The enrollment deposit, or an approved waiver, must be submitted prior to registering for orientation. 

    Note that the enrollment deposit is automatically waived for Pell Grant-eligible students ( when you confirm your admission in the Gold Gateway

  • 2. Create your Bronco NetID password
    • You should have received a Bronco NetID and password creation instructions via email from the Office of Information Technology. Your Bronco NetID is different from your WIN (Western Identification Number). Visit Change Password to set your Bronco NetID password. If you do not have your Bronco NetID, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (269) 387-HELP or email
    • Be sure to check your WMU email regularly, as important University business -- such as your financial aid offer details -- will be sent there. 
  • 3. Complete your FAFSA and apply for scholarships
    • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed by March 1. If you have already submitted your FAFSA, it may not be reflected on your Gold Gateway checklist until January. 
    • Incoming first-year students are encouraged to review and apply for additional scholarships using WMU's scholarship-matching tool, ScholarshipUniverse, which students can log in to using their Bronco NetID and password. ScholarshipUniverse houses both institutional and external scholarships. 
    • Your part in the financial aid process doesn't end when you receive your offer letter. Depending on your situation, you may have to complete additional steps. Our financial aid checklist will help you finish the process. To find out what requirements you need to complete, check your WMU email. You can check the status of your financial aid anytime. View further next steps related to the financial aid process on their website. 
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  • 4. Sign up for orientation

    Once you have completed the admission confirmation process (Step 1 above), you should register for new student orientation. All incoming domestic undergraduate students starting summer I, summer II or fall are required to participate in orientation.  The delivery of orientation information will come to you in a number of ways, but your first steps are:

    • Log into the New Student Hub using your Bronco NetID and password to register for the in-person orientation date of your choice
    • Also in the HUB, complete your pre-advising information, including:
      • Pre-advising survey
      • ALEKS math placement (especially important for engineering, aviation and science students)
      • Foundations in Writing

    At orientation, you will meet with an advisor who will assist you in registering for classes. For further details and registration links, visit the Orientation website.

    Be sure to complete the pre-advising survey after you register for orientation. Your academic advisor will use the information you provide in the survey to assist with your course registration.

    Go to to complete the survey.

  • 5. Register for housing
  • 6. Once you register for classes, activate your two-factor authentication
    • First time registering for courses?  The day after registration (which typically happens at orientation) you will be required to activate two-factor authentication (2FA) as part of the WMU Login process. Have your cell phone and Bronco NetID password ready. Learn more at  
  • 7. Submit official test scores
  • 8. Request your final high school transcript
    • Transcripts should be sent from your high school to the WMU Admissions Office. Transcripts must be received 10 days before the beginning of the fall semester to avoid delays in financial aid disbursement and course registration. View methods to send transcripts on our website.
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Join WMU, as well as other admitted students on social media, and share your excitement about becoming a Bronco using #FutureBronco! View links to our channels


If you wish to cancel your admission, please complete the cancellation form. The $100 enrollment deposit for fall semester will be refunded if the cancellation is received prior to the following dates:

  • Fall - May 1
  • Spring - December 1
  • Summer I - April 1
  • Summer II - June 1