Parents and Families

Student with family at graduation

WMU parent email list

Stay involved with your student by signing up for our parent newsletter to receive info about WMU, news, admission deadlines and more.

You play an important role in your student’s transition to college life. Below are helpful resources for parents and families of prospective and admitted Western Michigan University students.

WMU Parent Portal

Stay involved with your student and Western Michigan University throughout their enrollment journey. Our parent portal is your one-stop shop for enrollment information and deadlines, WMU news, announcements, events and more. Set your preferences and create a personalized newsletter on your schedule.

  • Cost

    It’s no secret that a college degree is a significant investment. Learn about the cost of attendance at WMU and estimate your student’s expenses with our cost of attendance calculator.

  • Financial aid checklist

    This handy checklist can help you be sure your student has taken care of all the important steps in the WMU financial aid process.

  • Confirming admission

    Your student can reserve their place at WMU by letting us know they plan to attend Western by completing the Intent to Enroll form and paying the $100 enrollment confirmation deposit (by May 1), or requesting a deposit waiver. This fee confirms your student's enrollment and is applied to their fall semester tuition. This step can be completed in their Gold Gateway account.

  • Admitted student checklist

    Congratulations to your admitted student! Now it’s time to take the next steps to become a Bronco. Use our checklist to be sure your student is on the right track.

Bronco Guide


We understand that sending your student to college comes with a lot of questions and emotions, and you are looking for a way to balance supporting your student and providing them with the space they need to grow and learn. Your student has access to a wealth of resources at WMU, and we want to provide you with the knowledge, resources and assistance needed to help you not only support your student academically but also help them thrive both physically and mentally. Thank you for being a part of Bronco Nation!