Apply as a first-year undergraduate
Welcome to Western Michigan University! We're delighted that you're interested in learning more about becoming a Bronco. The more you explore WMU, the more you'll realize this may be the perfect place for you.
Be sure to schedule a campus visit so you can see WMU in person. Can't come in person? Check out our virtual experiences for more ways to learn about our school. And check out what current students have to say at our connect page and explore WMU's social media accounts!
We define being a first-year undergraduate as follows:
- Never having attended any post-secondary institution after high school graduation (or credential equivalent)
- Finishing an early/middle college program
- Completing a GED
If you're not a first-year undergraduate, see other application types.
If you're an admitted student, pursue next steps here.
Admission criteria: What you need to know
Official high school transcripts Your transcript is vital to your admission to WMU. It shows what courses you've taken and your grades, which allows us to assess your academic preparation, GPA and grade trend.
ACT or SAT Scores WMU adopted a test-optional policy for students that applies to both admission and Office of Admissions scholarship consideration.
Awards and accolades If you have a specialized skill or talent outside the classroom or have received notable honors and awards, these accomplishments are insights into the likelihood of your academic success and will also likely be used during the scholarship consideration process.
Deadlines and timelines Depending on your student type and what program you choose to pursue, be sure to follow the timelines and turn in your application by the designated deadline.
With more than 150 areas of study to choose from at WMU, explore the programs that ignite your interests. And if you need some guidance, our advisors can help you get on your path to a meaningful future.
Your Western experience is designed to prioritize the whole you. You'll find everything you need to thrive intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially both in and out of the classroom.
Campus life promotes belonging and well-being
Making it count: Financing your WMU education
Western welcomes every Bronco
Disability Services for Students Accessible education is our mission. We can provide resources and support with classroom accommodations and advocacy for institutional accommodations so students have an opportunity to reach their goals and highest potential.
Multicultural Affairs for Students We help students discover and develop their talents and interests by creating a safe environment in which they can explore themselves intellectually, culturally and professionally. We foster community and respect for diversity.
LBGT Student Services Our services strive to ensure equitable access and promote a campus climate that affirms and supports the academic and personal development of all students inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Military and Veterans Affairs We provide guidance and mentorship to veterans, service members and family members of veterans through academic support, benefit support and answers to questions regarding WMU, the Veterans Administration and the campus community.