Admission Criteria

It’s understandable if you think the admission decision process is complicated, and you’re uncertain about what it entails. However, we don’t want you to feel that way—the process isn’t as complex as it may seem!  Essentially, our goal is to admit students who will be successful at WMU and contribute to the Bronco community.  Keep reading for more information about how Western Michigan University reviews applications and the admissions timeline.

If you have questions about your individual application, please contact your admissions representative.


No one item will guarantee admission, rather WMU uses a few pieces of information to make our decision:

Official High School Transcripts 

Your transcript is the most important piece of information.  It shows what courses you’ve taken and your grades, which allows us to assess:

  • Academic Preparation.  Successful students are prepared students and we want to make sure you’re ready for the rigors of college-level work.  We recommend*:
    -  4 years of English
    -  3-4 years of math (through second year algebra or pre-calculus)
    -  3 years of natural sciences (two or more with a lab component)
    -  2 years of the same foreign language
  • Grade Point Average.  WMU will likely recalculate your GPA using a weighted 4.00 scale.  This allows us to consider both the grades you received as well as the difficulty of your courses.  If you earned a “C” or better in any AP, IB, Honors, Dual Enrollment, or AICE course, we will include an additional honor point for that course.  This is the GPA that we will use for admission, scholarships, and Lee Honors College invitation.
  • Grade Trend.  How well you’ve done in your most recent courses.

Students whose high school is not submitting official high school transcripts can 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 the student’s account. 

ACT or SAT Scores

WMU superscores and we will use the testing information you provide in your application during our decision process. 

Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 Applicants:  Due to the Coronavirus, ACT and College Board cancelled many spring 2020 test dates and it’s uncertain about when testing will resume. We don’t want students to worry about how to fulfill admission requirements.  Consequently, effective March 23, 2020, WMU will implement a test optional admission policy for students applying for the remainder of fall 2020 and for 2021 entry terms.

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.  These students would then follow our traditional testing policy.

Please note that, at this time, test optional is for admission only, not scholarships.  Students who wish to be considered for admission and university scholarships will need to submit an ACT or SAT test score by the Early Action application deadline. 

Visit the testing policy page for additional information.

Additional Information

How have you spent time outside of the classroom?  What honors and awards have you received?  What else do you share in your application?  While not primary factors in the decision process, all can provide insight into your likelihood of academic success.  This information will also likely be used during the scholarship award process.

*While highly recommended, these are not requirements.  WMU reviews every application and will consider students who do not meet these thresholds.  Students graduating from a Michigan high school are expected to meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.


Fall Semester (late August)

  • November 15, Early Action (non-binding).  To maximize eligibility for scholarships and Lee Honors College invitation, first-year students who plan to enroll in the fall semester should complete their application file by November 15.
  • July 31, Rolling Admission.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WMU has extended the application deadline for fall 2020 entry. Students who complete their application by July 31 will be considered for admission to WMU.

Application review will begin in September and continue on a rolling basis.  Students who complete their application by the Early Action deadline can anticipate receiving their admission decision by winter break.  After, application review will continue on a rolling basis and students should receive their admission decision within three weeks of completing their application file.

Other Semesters

  • Spring semester (January):  January 1
  • Summer I semester (May):  May 1
  • Summer II semester (late June): June 15

 Students who apply for other semesters will receive their admission decision on a rolling basis, typically two – three weeks of a complete admissions file.

First-year application

Visit to begin your application.