College of Aviation VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
We encourage students and families to take advantage of our virtual experiences and check out our virtual reality campus tour above. We also have a tour of our main campus in Kalamazoo from two current aviation students' perspectives; they highlight all of the spots aviation students frequent on campus.
Join us for an individual virtual information session and Q&A with an aviation ambassador and current student; the first step in our campus visit. Receive a thorough program overview and learn more about our majors, aircraft, student life, and career outcomes. Sessions are available Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, on Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST, and Saturdays by request. Sessions will be held through the Webex platform.
Other virtual experiences
Join us for a virtual Western Michigan University information session with live Q&A with one of our admissions counselors and a current student. Learn more about WMU, the admissions process, academics, and student life. Sessions are available on weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT.
Transfer student are invited to join us for a virtual WMU information session with one of our transfer admissions counselors and a current student. Learn more about WMU, the admissions process, academics, and student life as a transfer student. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. EDT.
45 minute virtual discussions, providing the opportunity to engage with staff and a current cadet in the program. View the dates and times on their website.
Join one of our current student ambassadors for a live walk through of our virtual tour together. Learn about Western Michigan University, hear first-hand experiences from a current Bronco, and ask questions you have about campus and student life. Sessions are available Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. EDT.
Current WMU student ambassadors Liz and Emma walk through our WMU virtual tour, sharing information about academic and social spaces, and providing their personal student experiences along the way.
Current aviation students Dylan and Matthew walk you through main campus and provide insight on the aviation students' experience. They highlight all of the spots that aviation students frequent and opportunities WMU offers.
On Campus Tours
We recognize that the campus visit experience is an important part of the college search process for students and families. At the College of Aviation, we are hosting individual in-person tours while also being conscious of safety measures and physical distancing for both our campus community and visitors. As such, if you wish to register for a traditional in-person campus tour, please first register for a virtual information session. This allows us to give you a thorough program overview and answer your initial questions virtually, and helps keep the in-person aspect socially distanced and outside. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow all state and federal guidelines. Should the situation change, we will individually notify anyone who is registered for an in-person tour.
Visiting campus provides the prospective student the opportunity to experience life at the College of Aviation. In addition to viewing the physical structures of the campus—classrooms, hangars, maintenance labs, etc.—prospective students will also have the opportunity to meet aviation faculty, aviation administrators, staff and other key-stakeholders at the College of Aviation. Not to be forgotten, the tour will also focus on the tools of the trade: airplanes. Prospective students will engage with the technology and equipment embedded into the curriculum.
Please note that we are not currently able to accommodate walk-in tours.
What to expect
- Access the College of Aviation fleet, sit in the aircraft and see first-hand the complex nature of the training equipment.
- Be provided with a thorough program overview.
- Connect with College of Aviation personnel.
- Enter the High Altitude Lab and learn how College of Aviation students experience hypoxia.
- Experience the College of Aviation maintenance labs.
- Meet with an aviation ambassador.
- Tour the College of Aviation facilities.
- Visit the simulator bay and examine some of the most advanced flight training devices in collegiate aviation and much more!
The complete tour experience
Setting up your tour will be done through main campus. In addition to touring the College of Aviation, your tour will consist of a visit to the Kalamazoo campus. Aviation students will have courses on both campuses, therefore it is imperative to tour both. This will provide interested students with a well-rounded campus experience, helping them gain the necessary experience to make an informed decision. Again, please remember that we ask you to complete the virtual information session with us prior to touring.
The College of Aviation offers introductory flights for prospective students. This experience is a definitive way to solidify interest in an aviation career and helps to demonstrate the complexity and sophistication of the flight program at Western Michigan University. Introductory flights are offered for the discounted rate of $150. This rate is only good for prospective aviation students interested in attending Western Michigan University. Introductory flights are still on hold due to COVID-19. We hope to resume these as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.