Admissions COVID-19 Updates

Western Michigan University is committed to ensuring that COVID-19 and related closures, cancellations, and other disruptions don’t negatively impact students’ ability to be admitted and enroll at WMU.  In this effort, WMU has temporarily adjusted and implemented several admission and enrollment policies.

Following are commonly asked questions and answers for admitted and prospective students.  As the novel coronavirus pandemic unfolds, we will continue to update this with any new information and policy adjustments.

Office of Admissions staff are working remotely and are available to assist you during traditional business hours.  We also offer many opportunities to connect virtually.  Visit wmich.edu/admissions/virtual to see all the ways we’re available to help.

First-year students—Fall 2021 Entry

Prospective Students

  • How do ACT/SAT test date cancellations impact my ability to apply?

    In light of the uncertainty surrounding the timeline of and access to the ACT or SAT, Western Michigan University has adopted a test-optional policy for students applying for 2021 entry terms, and beyond. This applies to both admission and Office of Admissions scholarship consideration.

    Definition of “test optional”:  Students may report/submit ACT or SAT test scores if they wish, but it is not required.  If a student does wish to have their test score used in the admission process, they can self-report their scores on the admission application.  

    Applicants who do wish test scores to be used in the admission process should report/submit scores from all test dates.  Doing so will allow WMU to use your highest subscores from any test date to superscore your total (SAT) or composite (ACT) score.

  • How will Pass/Fail (P/F) or Credit/No Credit (C/NC) grading impact my admission?

    Provided you receive a passing mark, courses taken P/F or C/NC in fall 2020 or spring 2021 will not impact your admission to WMU.  WMU will use your most recent cumulative GPA available (typically mid-year junior year) for admission, scholarship, and honors college consideration.  Spring 2021 courses will be looked at to make sure you passed and took college-prep courses that will help you be successful as a WMU student.

  • I was planning to visit campus this spring or summer. When will on-campus tours be available?

    To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and follow state guidelines, WMU has suspended some on-campus tours.  We will continue to follow State of Michigan mandates and CDC guidelines. We are hoping campus tours resume on January 19, 2021. Please visit wmich.edu/admissions/visit for the latest on our tour availability. 

    WMU has many opportunities for you to connect online via interactive, virtual sessions, videos, student chats, and college information sessions. Visit wmich.edu/admissions/virtual to learn more.

  • Is WMU still accepting applications for fall 2021?

    While the Early Action deadline has passed, the rolling application deadline is June 1, 2021 and students may apply either via the Common App or by submitting WMU’s own institutional application.  Visit wmich.edu/apply to link to both applications and for more information.

  • My school is closed and I can’t request official transcripts for admission—what do I do?

    Students who want to apply for fall 2021 and whose high school is not submitting official high school transcripts may scan and submit unofficial transcripts for an admission decision.  Official final high school transcripts will be needed otherwise financial aid cannot be distributed (federal policy) and/or a spring registration hold will be placed on your account. 

Admitted Students

Advanced Credit

Transfer students