Career Outcomes for 2015-16 WMU Graduates

Career and Student Employment Services surveyed all (N=5049) WMU students graduating with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees between August 2015 and June 2016. Data was obtained for 75% of the population (N=3766).

92% of WMU graduates were actively engaged within three months of graduation.

“Active engagement” is defined as full-time employment (including self-employment and post-graduate internships/fellowships); part-time employment; military service; volunteering full time, and continuing education. Categories not included in active engagement are unemployed and seeking employment, and not seeking employment.


Actively Engaged N=3470 92%
Employed full time N=2686 71%
Employed part time N=210 6%
Continuing education N=532 14%
Military service N=26 0.6%
Volunteering full time N=16 0.4%
Not Actively Engaged N=296 8%
Unemployed and seeking N=258 7%
Not seeking employment N=38 1%


  • 71% of respondents were employed full time.
  • The median salary was $40,000–$45,000 based on 1690 reported salaries.
  • 84% have a job that is related to their degree.
  • 88% are satisfied with their job.
  • 76% work in Michigan; 22% work in 44 other U.S. states; and 2% work in 20 countries outside the U.S.


  • 14% of respondents are pursuing further education after graduating from WMU.
  • 51% are continuing education at WMU, and the remaining 49% will attend 128 different institutions. 


  • 80% of respondents completed an experiential education activity at WMU.
  • View internships by major in the WMU Internship Catalog.


  • American Axle and Manufacturing
  • Beaumont Health
  • Borgess
  • Bronson
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Consumers Energy
  • Coyote Logistics
  • Eaton
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • FCA - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • General Motors
  • Gentex
  • Kalamazoo RESA
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Lakeland Health
  • Magna International
  • Meijer
  • MPI Research
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Perrigo
  • Pine Rest
  • PNC
  • Spectrum Health
  • State of Michigan
  • Stryker
  • Target
  • Total Quality Logistics
  • U.S. Army
  • Whirlpool
  • WMU


51% of respondents pursuing further education chose to attend WMU for graduate school.

  • Western Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • University of Illinois


  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Nursing 
  • Accountancy
  • Physician Assistant




About Post-Graduation Activity Survey and Report

Post-Graduation Activity Summaries by college

Arts and Sciences


Education and Human Development

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Fine Arts

Haworth College of Business

Health and Human Services

Post-graduation activity by Major

Arts and Sciences Majors

Aviation Majors

Education and Human Development Majors

Engineering and Applied Sciences Majors

Fine Arts Majors

Haworth College of Business Majors

Health and Human Services Majors

Interdisciplinary Programs: Evaluation, Health Informatics and Information Management, Telecommunications and Information Management, University Studies


"My experience at WMU was one of the best times of my life. I have grown through Greek life, both of my study abroad, the many organizations I was in, and the resources WMU provided me with. I am ready for the corporate world and the real world. I have grown as much as I can through my time at WMU and am ready for new adventures and life lessons. Thank you WMU for the best four years of my life! I’m sad to go but I am ready to leave and achieve many more things in my life! Always a Bronco at heart!

"WMU has helped me define and improve myself significantly since the first day I came by providing so many opportunities on campus, its connections, and excellent faculty, advisors, and staff. I am proud to be here and it's always a great day to be a Bronco!"

"Unforgettable and a complete rebirth for someone who every statistic has said would and could never achieve such a honor! "

"My experience at WMU has really helped shaped the direction I want to take in life, and helped me figure out what it is I'm passionate about."

"Faculty were extremely supportive and committed to the success of their students."

"My experience at WMU was exactly everything I wanted out of a college. I enjoyed that the professors took the time to get to know students in the program that made an effort, as well as being a part of student organizations that made the campus feel more like home. The classes helped get me prepared for internships, and now my full time job."

"WMU gave me many good opportunities to gain experience in my field. The Student Media Group was really useful in my development. Being the Program Director at WIDR, for example, helped me grow tremendously as a leader and gave me confidence in my abilities."

"My experience at WMU was life changing and I am happy that I chose this path. My most sincere gratitude goes out to the faculty and staff that helped me learn and pushed me to be the best that I can be. Thank you WMU!"

"The programs and faculty at WMU have allowed me to develop personally and professionally over the course of my time here. My options upon graduation were endless and I did accept my dream job. Thank you WMU!"

"Returning to college after many years in the workforce was a challenge but the professors were welcoming and supportive. I'm glad I chose WMU to complete my bachelors degree."

"I am very satisfied with the education I received from Western and the commitment professors have towards their students. I am grateful for having attended a university that values diversity, tolerance, and community activism. I couldn't of have picked a better university to attend!"

"I recommend students to start doing internships their sophomore year. I had two job offers after graduation because I proved in my interviews that I have a good education and I am able to apply it effectively in the workplace. Employers want references that have seen you perform in the job function you are focusing in to know that they are investing in someone who is competent in that area already. Just an education is usually not enough to get full time employment right after graduation. Internships are vital in addition to a bachelors degree!"

"Attending WMU was a great experience. I learned how to communicate and reach out to others. Attending this university also helped me step out of my comfort zone."