Student Outcomes Data

Student success is at the core of Western Michigan University's mission. Every day, a diverse student body finds access, opportunity, growth and, ultimately, personal and professional success at WMU. Here are some of the basic outcomes of the WMU commitment to recruit, retain, and graduate students from around the globe.


WMU's student body is made up of people from 81 counties in Michigan, 45 states in the U.S., and nearly 70 other countries. Relatively balanced in terms of gender—with males accounting for 47.8 percent of the student population and females at 52.2 percent—the student body totals nearly 20,500. It is heavily represented—75.3 percent—by Michigan residents. Students from underrepresented minority populations make up 19.4 percent of the student body, while 9.8 percent of students come to WMU from other nations. Just over 19 percent of WMU students are studying at the graduate level. And, 30 percent of WMU students receive Pell grants. For more information on student demographics, see

Retention and graduation rates

Fall 2019, the most recent year for which information is reported, saw 78.5 percent of the prior year’s first-time first-year students returning for their second year. Also, 56.6 percent of fall 2014 beginners – the latest cohort for which a six-year graduation rate is available - earned a WMU degree within six years of their first semester. Others are still enrolled and on track for graduation; some have moved to other schools to complete their degrees, while WMU has similarly welcomed transfer students to its campus. For more information on retention and graduation rates, see

Number of degrees awarded annually

During 2019-20, WMU awarded a total of 4,937 degrees—3,564 at the bachelor’s level; 1,223 at the master’s level, 148 at the doctoral level, and 2 at the specialist level. For more information on degrees conferred at WMU, see

Post-graduate success

Of those who graduated during fiscal year 2019-20, the most recent year for which information is reported, 71 percent of graduates participated in the annual Post-Graduation Activity Report sponsored by WMU’s Career and Student Employment Services. A total of 91 percent of participants reported that they were actively employed or continuing their education. For those employed, 91 percent have a job related to their degree, 88 percent of whom are satisfied with their job. The median salary range for all respondents ranged from $45,000 to $50,000 range, while the median salary for graduate-level respondents ranged from $50,000 to $55,000. For more information on post-graduation success, see

Certification Rates

Some professions require graduating students to become certified prior to becoming employed. Certification exam pass rates that are required to be posted by specialized program accreditation agencies are available for the following programs:

State certification or licensure is also required to practice in certain fields such as counseling, nursing, piloting, psychology, and teaching. Information on pass rates for state exams can be obtained by contacting state offices governing licensure. In Michigan, contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) at