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Why WMU?

You’re an individual who is truly unique. We celebrate the passions that drive you and the possibilities that inspire you. Here, a degree is a pursuit of purpose where learning empowers you, well-being strengthens you and an experience-driven education leads to a meaningful career. Western is the place to become your best self.

  • 9 of 10 Broncos are employed quickly, working in their field in jobs they like.
  • 93% of graduates participated in experience-driven learning
  • 97% of students had instructors who made them excited about learning

Pride points

  • 17,559 total enrollment

    Fall 2023 enrollment

  • 13,874 undergraduates

    Fall 2023 enrollment

  • 33% of undergraduates identify as historically underrepresented or international

    Fall 2023 enrollment

  • 26% of undergraduate students are from outside of Michigan

    Fall 2023 enrollment

Broncos are career-ready

Experience-driven learning will give you a leg up when you’re ready to pursue your meaningful career. As a Bronco, you can capitalize on the wealth of internships and similar experience-driven learning opportunities available as soon as you arrive on campus. 

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Design for good

Bobby Snell, B.F.A.‘21, landed a job designing dog toys for BARK in New York City. He developed the highly sought-after expertise while pursuing a product design degree at Western’s Richmond Institute of Design. The program’s deep immersion in the marketplace allowed Bobby to successfully launch two product patents before completing his degree.

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Pursue justice

Jayla Williams, B.A.‘23, helped crack homicide cases, working alongside Michigan State Police detectives, through WMU’s Cold Case Program, a first-of-its-kind partnership that has garnered national media attention, including on the Today Show.

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Dream job

Now the Player Engagement Coordinator for the New York Giants, Brandon Harlin, B.S.‘22, credits his instructors at Western who were personally invested in his success. Thanks to their support, he landed a senior internship with Bronco Athletics that led to his dream job.

Build skillls, research, internships

Campus life

Gathering area at the Student Center, the area is full of students.

Campus life is the best life

Belonging is critically important to your academic success and a life well lived. At Western, you’ll enjoy a vast array of student organizations and club sports; Division I athletics, concerts, plays, fine arts and lectures; and a brand-new student center. They all come together to nurture social connection and lasting friendships.

  • Nearly 500 student organizations

  • 4,000+ campus events

  • 16 Division I sports

  • 30+ club sports

Live in the heart of the Great Lakes

Rated a Top 100 Best Places to Live (Livability.com, 2022), Kalamazoo is nestled perfectly between Chicago and Detroit and less than an hour from the stunning Lake Michigan shoreline. Explore the No. 3 Best Metro Area in America for new college grads (Smart Asset, 2023).

 

Popular Lake Michigan beach, South Haven, pier and lighthouse visable beyond the crowded beach.

Outdoor adventure, always something to do

  • Hiking near Western's campus, beautiful Asylum Lake in the background.

Boundless outdoor adventure

You can kayak down the Kalamazoo River, bike to the Lake Michigan shoreline or hit the Kal-Haven Trail, one of the best biking and cross-country skiing trails in the area.

  • Western students, enjoying corn on the cob at the Farmers Market, downtown Kalamazoo

Always something to do

With your choice of eclectic events and attractions like the Air Zoo museum, Gilmore Piano Festival, the farmers’ market, Growlers baseball or First Fridays in downtown Kalamazoo, it’s easy to find off-campus entertainment.

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