Information for Counselors

Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students for their transition from high school to college. The following resources are designed to help you when working with prospective Western Michigan University students.

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application deadlines and criteria

Students should apply online by creating a WMU Gold Gateway account or by using Common App.

First-Year Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

  • December 15, Early Action (non-binding).  To maximize eligibility for scholarships and Lee Honors College invitation, first-year students who plan to enroll in the fall semester should complete their application file by December 15.
  • June 1, Rolling Admission.  

View details on deadlines and timelines for other semesters.

Application Criteria

Our goal is to admit students who will be successful at WMU and contribute to the Bronco community. Visit the Admissions Criteria page for details on items we consider during application reviews. 

Application Fee Waiver

A counselor or other school official may request an Admission Application Fee Waiver for a student who meets an indicator of economic need, such as those eligible for free or reduced lunch, to have the student's $40 application fee waived. Waivers may be sent using the online form or NACAC fee waiver document. Completed paper waivers may be sent to WMU via mail, fax, or electronically to

Once processed by the Office of Admissions, the identified student will receive a fee waiver code to the email address used on the request form or on their admission application. The student must enter the code and click submit to complete their application. WMU application fee waiver codes are only valid for applications submitted via the Gold Gateway account (WMU online application).

Online Fee waiver Form

counselor updates

You are invited to view a digital copy of our 2020-21 High School Counselor Resource Guide, or view the 2020-21 viewbook on


This helpful checklist provides information on next steps for students admitted to WMU.


For additional information for students who may fall under one, or more, of these special populations, follow the links for further resources. Contact your admissions representative if you have any questions on these populations. 

  • Dual Enrollment: Current high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area may apply to dual enroll at WMU. Dual enrollment advising is available through the Office of Pre-College Programming.
  • Early/Middle College: High school students who attend an early/middle college are invited to apply and enroll at WMU. Early/middle college graduates are considered beginners with advanced standing and should apply as a first-year student. They will be able to indicate enrollment in an early/middle college as part of the application.
  • Foster Youth Initiative: WMU offers unique scholarship and support opportunities for students who have aged out of the foster care system.
  • College Assistance Migrant Program: The purpose of the WMU College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is to provide academic and financial support to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their children in successfully completing their first undergraduate year at the University and continuing in their post-secondary education.
  • DACA/Undocumented Students: WMU does not factor in citizenship status in the admission decision and provides in-state tuition for DACA/undocumented students. There is privately funded assistance available on a limited basis that can be applied to tuition and residence hall payments for DACA/undocumented students. 

WMU Visit Programs

The best way for a student to experience WMU is to visit campus... multiple times! WMU offers visit opportunities throughout the year and targeted programming to assist throughout each stage of a student's college-search process.

  • Fall Open House: High school seniors are encouraged to attend one of our fall open house events. Students will dive deeper into academic programs and campus life, hear highlights from various departments, visit with professors, advisors, and current students, discover how WMU can help them land their dream job and submit any official documents to complete their admission application.
  • Campus Tours: Experience first-hand what it means to be a Bronco. Tours are offered daily and on Saturdays and begin with a presentation, followed by a student-led exploration of student-centered spaces, dining facilities, residence halls and classrooms. Open to all prospective students and their families. 
  • Spring Open House: Kick-off the college search process by attending this special program targeted to high school sophomores and juniors. Students will hear tips and tricks for navigating admissions applications, managing costs and expectations of senior year. 
  • Admitted Student Events: Open to all admitted high school seniors as an opportunity to complete all next steps for enrollment in one day. Events are hosted in the spring of the student's senior year.


We have a variety of virtual experiences for students and counselors interested in learning more about WMU, including: 

  • Admissions Virtual Info Sessions: Join us for a virtual Western Michigan University information session with live Q&A with one of our admissions counselors and a current student.
  • Academic College Info Sessions: Learn more about how the college and its programs create an academic experience to prepare successful graduates.
  • Virtual Tour: Experience the WMU campus on your time and explore many of the academic and extracurricular opportunities through 360 views. 
  • Western Wednesdays: Western Wednesday sessions are live, interactive presentations designed to answer frequently asked questions about becoming a Bronco.

2020-21 counselor guide