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    The Alpha Program

    The mission of the Alpha Program is to help first-year Alpha students develop skills, behaviors and attitudes that lead to college success in their first year of college.

Serving first-year students

The Alpha Program is designed to guide first-year students in developing skills, behaviors and attitudes that lead to college success. The Office of Admissions admits students to the Alpha Program who are able to thrive with the opportunity and support that the program provides. Upon enrolling at Western, first-year Alpha students become part of a community of fellow Alpha students, upper-class Alpha student mentors and supportive faculty and staff. 



Service Continuity Update

March 25

By now, you have received multiple communications from President Montgomery and our Provost, Dr. Jennifer Bott, regarding the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. WMU remains open and the Alpha Program is here to support the development of skills, behaviors, and attitudes that lead to college success in your first year. The Alpha Program is accessible Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

In alignment with courses being offered through distance education for the remainder of the semester, the Alpha Program’s guidance and mentoring services will be offered from a distance as our staff works remotely during this time. You will be able to receive mentoring and guidance by via e-mail, phone, Microsoft Teams, and Video Conferencing.

For an appointment, you may call our office at 269-387-4410 or schedule the appointment online. Phone calls and e-mails will be attended to in the order received.

You may also contact your Alpha advisor via e-mail directly:

Your success is our top priority and we will do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!

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Former WMU Alpha student featured on MLive

June 18

Emily Patterson, a former WMU Alpha student, described the value of the Alpha program, and how the program helped her succeed in college.