Leadership and guidance

Teacher writing on whiteboard.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places Western Michigan University among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. As leaders in their fields, WMU faculty members regularly publish research articles and textbooks used in college classrooms, all the while making discoveries that improve lives. 

Faculty members at WMU are committed to mentoring students and guiding them toward the right professional paths.

Accessibility and support

Teacher lecturing.

Although Western Michigan University is a large university, students have access to each of their professors. There are over 1440 faculty members at WMU, making the student to faculty ratio 17 to 1.

Each faculty member teaching a course at WMU offers weekly office hours and also meets with students by appointment. During these times, professors are available to meet with students one-on-one to answer questions and discuss course information. Meeting with a professor during office hours is a great way to get to know the professor and develop a better understanding of course material.