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First Year

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Picking a college is a big decision, and we are thrilled you chose to be a Bronco! Your first year at WMU will be filled with amazing opportunities and new experiences that can be both exciting and overwhelming. Western offers a number of resources to help as you begin your journey and navigate this big life transition.

First-Year Faces

First-Year Faces

Get to know your fellow classmates and all the world-changing passions they are preparing to pursue.

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Academic planning

Now that you’ve arrived, your most important next step is to register and enroll in courses at WMU. After you submit your pre-advising survey, meet with your advisor to complete your course registration. Each semester your advisor will work with you to review your progress and select courses for the semester ahead.


  • Consider the First-Year Experience seminar—An intensive, highly interactive course that empowers students making the transition from high school to college. 

  • Review your requirements for WMU Essential Studies—Twelve courses designed to let you make more connections among courses and benefit from multilayered content.

  • Meet your Peer2Peer eMentor—Every first-year and new transfer student is assigned an established WMU student as an eMentor to aid in your transition.

Staying on track

  • Review dates and deadlines—Bookmark the academic calendar so you will always be on top of the most important dates for each semester, including dates for registration, refunds, withdrawals, finals and grading.

  • Plan your path to graduation with Degree Works—From keeping up with your degree requirements to checking your grades, Degree Works has the tools you need to track your success.

  • Attend office hours—Your professors set aside time specifically for you! Take advantage of this one-on-one time to review and discuss all of your questions and any concerns.

More resources

Get familiar with all the academic resources at your disposal.

Career development

Career development

It is never too early to start thinking about your future. Career and Student Employment Services offers a number of resources to help you start thinking about life after Western.

First-year career checklist

Broncos who thrive

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    Broncos who thrive

    As you begin exploring your options, get inspired by checking out what some of our former Broncos are up to.

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Health and wellness

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    Get familiar with all the health and wellness resources at your disposal.

Health and wellness

Your checklist to stay healthy

Buster’s Bucket List

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