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 74 counties in Michigan, all but nine states in the U.S., and nearly 100 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, 31.6 percent of WMU students receive Pell grants. For more information on student demographics, see https://wmich.edu/institutionalresearch/interactivedashboards.
Retention and graduation rates
Fall 2018, the most recent year for which information is reported, saw 78.4 percent of the prior year’s first-time first-year students returning for their second year. Also, 56.6 percent of fall 2013 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 https://wmich.edu/institutionalresearch/interactivedashboards/retention/....
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 https://wmich.edu/institutionalresearch/interactivedashboards/degrees/data.
Of those who graduated during fiscal year 2018-19, the most recent year for which information is reported, 72.9 percent of graduates participated in the annual Post-Graduation Activity Report sponsored by WMU’s Career and Student Employment Services. A total of 94 percent of participants reported that they were actively employed or continuing their education. For those employed, 93 percent have a job related to their degree, 90 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 https://wmich.edu/career/planning.
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:
- B.S. in Athletic Training at https://wmich.edu/humanperformance/academics/athletic-training-passage-r... (program is no longer accepting students)
- M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology at https://wmich.edu/speech-audiology/outcomes
- M.S. in Occupational Therapy at https://wmich.edu/ot
- M.S.M. in Physician Assistant at https://wmich.edu/pa/about/certification
- Au.D. Doctor of Audiology at https://wmich.edu/speech-audiology/outcomes
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 https://www.michigan.gov/lara