First year beginner students

There is not a separate application to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) for first year students.

Once you are admitted to WMU, we will determine your placement in mathematics. Mathematics is the language of engineering and applied sciences, and serves as the basis for where students begin their academic career.

Your SAT- or ACT-Math score determines your starting point

SAT- or ACT-Math Score

WMU Mathematics Placement

SAT-Math 640 or higher (620 old SAT)


ACT-Math 27 or higher

Calculus I or higher

Student will begin pre-engineering, pre-engineering technology, or computer science curriculum.

SAT-Math 600-639 (580-619 old SAT)


ACT-Math 25-26


Student will begin in pre-engineering, pre-engineering technology, or computer science curriculum.

SAT-Math 520-599 (490-579 old SAT)


ACT-Math 20-24

Algebra II

Student begins CEAS Preparatory program.

 SAT-Math score below 520 (490 old SAT)


ACT-Math below 20

Algebra I or Computational Math Skills

Student placed in Exploratory Advising through the Center for Academic Success Programs at WMU.

In addition to ACT and SAT scores, other factors, such as advanced placement, international baccalaureate and dual enrollment credits may also be used.


transfer students

Over 25% of CEAS undergraduate students transferred in from other institutions, and we are proud to help them earn a bachelor's degree at WMU.

Understanding the requirements of your discipline is crucial for a successful transition. It is also important to understand the transfer credit policies for math, science, and engineering courses established by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

All potential transfer students are encouraged to speak with a CEAS academic advisor prior to registration.

Transfer Advising

Student Transfer Guides

Undergraduate Program Flowcharts


military credits

WMU is proud to be recognized for excellence in service to service members and families. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs leads the university effort to provide academic, financial, and medical and non-medical benefits support.

After the necessary documents are evaluated by Admissions, credit recommendations will be sent to appropriate academic departments for review.

In addition to academic advisors, the Vet Success On Campus (VSOC) program provides rehabilitation counselors across campus to help connect veterans with the network of resources to ensure a successful transition from service to student.


Joint admission program

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at WMU has partnered with Kellogg Community College and Muskegon Community College to offer joint admissions to both WMU and the respective community college while students work toward a degree. The programs encourage students to take a majority of their classes at the community college during the first two years of their curriculum, while taking a minimum of one class each semester at WMU.

Academic advisors from each institution develop a personalized program plan, ensuring that students take only courses needed for graduation from both institutions.

Students in these programs are afforded many of the same benefits that other WMU students enjoy: access to academic support programs, libraries and computer labs, and entry to most sporting events. Some services, such as access to the WMU Student Recreation Center, may depend on WMU class load.

To get started, contact each institution for an application and appointment to meet with an advisor.