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 2020 Entry

 Admitted Students

Advanced Credit

Prospective Students

First-year students—Fall 2021 Entry

  • How do spring 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. 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 spring 2020 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 2020 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, WMU has suspended all on-campus tours until at least August 17, 2020 and will continue to follow State of Michigan mandates and CDC guidelines thereafter. 

    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.

Advanced Credit

Transfer students