Yes, WMU has great programs and respected faculty who teach their own classes, but just as important to your success is a vibrant community in which to learn and grow. Western Michigan University is home to more than 25,000 students from more than 88 countries. And WMU is located in the thriving city of Kalamazoo, home to a robust pharmaceutical and biotech industry, a thriving art and music scene, great restaurants, and festivals. It's also close to home for anyone living in southwestern Michigan, a two-hour drive from the cultural and professional opportunities of Chicago, and just over 30 minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Why does that matter? Because people learn better when they're happy and involved. And they're happier when they're surrounded by the perfect balance of people just like them and people who are nothing like them. Think about it:

  • Over 300 clubs and organizations means you'll find an outlet for almost any academic, social, artistic, or political interest.
  • NCAA D1 athletics mean you'll have a traditional college experience with competitive teams, exciting games, and homecoming. And by exciting games, we mean really exciting. We play Big 10 opponents and other nationally ranked universities.
  • Activities like Alternative Spring Break, the Western Herald Newspaper, and WIDR radio offer great opportunities to make a difference and shape the opinions of your peers.
  • Cultural, professional, and recreational opportunities that just aren't available in the typical "college town."

You'll never be at a loss for fun things to do, or interesting new friends to do them with.