Unique to Western, WMU Signature integrates your out-of-class learning experiences and on-campus engagement to focus your purpose in one of eight areas, such as entrepreneurship, social justice or sustainability. Your transcript and diploma will bear a WMU Signature designation to recognize your co-curricular achievements. The program will help you stand out to graduate schools and employers by showcasing what you have accomplished outside of the classroom.
Why Western Michigan University
At WMU, you can seek a deeper understanding of who you are and who you're meant to be. Beyond book smarts, your potential lies in your pursuit of purpose. It's unleased in a tenacity to question answers and the ability to rethink differently.
It's time to Rethink Smart. Are you ready?
The Western Difference
You can pursue it all here!
WMU students like to say that WMU offers the student life and resources of a major university, while at the same time, students feel cared for and the experience feels personal. Western offers every amenity and endless opportunities for fun and personal growth. With Division I athletics, Greek life and more than 300 registered student organizations, students thrive at WMU.
Kalamazoo is a great place to call home
Whatever you’re looking for—nightlife, festivals, eclectic eateries, unique shopping or invigorating outdoor recreation, Kalamazoo delivers. Our wonderful city also offers students an abundance of internships, jobs and experiential learning opportunities. It’s home to big players like Stryker Corporation, Pfizer, Bell’s Brewery and Zoetis.
Students learn, think and do—all at the same time
WMU has a strong tradition of providing undergraduate students with mentored research and creative activity experiences. You’ll benefit from a major research university and learn from a top-tier faculty that advances the frontiers of knowledge by participating in research in a laboratory, classroom, field, studio and more. WMU also offers opportunities for you to apply for grants to subsidize your engagement in scholarly activities.
Western staff, faculty and students are proud of the diverse community on our campus. In addition to academic support, the WMU Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs for Students, LGBTQ Student Services and Disability Services for Students support students in all aspects of their identity, so they're included, represented, and heard while on campus.
Together, we can build a better University that truly demonstrates the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
It's more than "going green"
WMU has been named one of the Top 15 most affordable, eco-friendly colleges by BestChoiceSchools.com. This is due to our passion to continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all.