Applying as a Freshman

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All freshman applicants are required to submit: 

  • An official high school transcript with at least six semesters of work
  • ACT or SAT scores directly from ACT or College Board (ACT Code: 2066; SAT code: 1902), on your high school transcript, or from a score report
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee payable online

Your application is reviewed using a combination of these key factors: grade point average, ACT/SAT score, number and type of college prep courses and trend of grades. The average WMU freshman has a 3.4 high school GPA and a 23 ACT or 1090 SAT. WMU does not require letters of recommendation, resumes, or personal statements. 

Test scores and official transcripts can be sent to: 

WMU Admissions
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211 

Transcripts and test scores can also be hand delivered to the Admissions Office in Seibert Administration Building, but transcripts must be in a sealed envelope. 


Applications and all required materials must be reached by the deadlines below in order to be considered for admission. It is recommended that you apply after your junior year of high school and that you take the ACT/SAT in April or June of your junior year, or October or December of your senior year. 

Main Campus – Kalamazoo

  • Fall (September-December): June 1

  • Spring (January-April): December 1
  • Summer I (May-June): April 1
  • Summer II (July-August): June 1

Extended University Programs (regional locations and online)

How to apply

There are two ways to apply to WMU: 

Apply with the WMU online application by creating a Gold Gateway account. To begin your application, select the “Sign Up” button in the top right corner, and fill in your legal first and last name, primary email address, birth date and current school. You will also need to create a password. Be sure to save your personal account login information so you can return to complete your application in more than one session, or to check your application status. We will use your email address to communicate with you as the status of your application is updated. Or apply online via the Common Application


Changing Your Application

Your application cannot be changed after it is submitted. If you discover an error or need to make a change, contact our office to do so. Do not complete another application. 

Contact Us

Email or call our office at (269) 387-2000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday with any questions. 

Campus Safety

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires availability of the annual security and fire safety compliance document to prospective students, faculty, and staff. It is on Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety's website at You may request a hard copy version by calling (269) 387-5555.

The report includes campus security and personal safety information as well as crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters related to security and safety of campus. It also includes crime reporting statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western Michigan University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.