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Place Matters

There's a way to attend a major research university without leaving home. There's a way to prepare for success and contribute to the growth of your own community.

The WMU bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certificates offered in Punta Gorda, Tampa and online are of the same high quality as degrees offered on WMU's main campus, including covering the same materials and learning from the same faculty.

Online courses at WMU offer flexibility and convenience to busy learners with busy schedules. Programs based in Punta Gorda and Tampa offer courses that meet face-to-face and online programs to meet your work-life-school balance. 

From the world-renowned WMU College of Aviation to business and healthcare to information technology online, we are here to serve your needs. 

If you've been putting off going back to school until someday in the future, now is the time.

Flexible, Local, and Accessible. Find the program that fits you.

WMU knows place matters, allowing you to achieve your goals.

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Welcome to Someday

In alliance with our Florida partners like Florida SouthWestern State College and it's Charlotte Campus in Punta Gorda, WMU will provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs that focus on the area’s needs. Location matters for students across demographics. Our mission for WMU is to reach beyond Kalamazoo, through innovation, access and outreach. By leading innovation through community engagement and the delivery of responsive contemporary programming, WMU-Punta Gorda seeks to identify, develop, and provide access to learner-centered pathways for diverse populations in Florida. 

Why Florida?

WMU, West Michigan and Florida have a deep connection. We share a dedication towards working together for a common good- a collective impact- our traditions are cared for and we build our neighborhoods on pride. Your neighbor, family, or even you, may have a story about WMU to share with the community. We ask you to pass that story on or start your own story with everyone in the area. These stories will continue to be our foundation for growth in our community. Our partnership starts with you which allows us to be proud of what we built, together.

Start your WMU Story. Welcome to Someday. 

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    WMU Begins Course Offerings at Shared Facilities with WMU Cooley Law School
    Aug. 9, 2017

    Western Michigan University will begin offering master’s level courses at WMU Cooley Law School campuses in Auburn Hills, Lansing, and Tampa Bay, Florida. A partner in an affiliation agreement that led to the naming of the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2014, the University will begin full course offerings for programs on the law school’s campuses this fall.

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    WMU at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2017
    July 21, 2017

    Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation will highlight its aviation programs being offered in Florida and a virtual reality experience during the world’s largest aviation event, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture, July 24–30. The Oshkosh, Wisconsin, event attracts more than 500,000 people each year.

  • WMU-Tampa Bay to launch master of science in engineering management
    July 6, 2017

    Beginning this fall, Western Michigan University will offer a Master of Science in engineering management through WMU’s new Tampa Bay regional location in Riverview. The 30-credit graduate program is a hybrid of regularly scheduled online instruction with face-to-face meetings three weekends per semester. Students can complete the degree in two years.

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    Southwest Florida's new flight school is ready to take off
    April 14, 2017

    WMU's Director of Flight Operations Russ Kavalhuna took NBC2's Tim Wronka on a flight over Charlotte County, explaining that its warm climate is a great place to train new pilots.

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    WMU gets final OK to offer classes in Punta Gorda and Tampa
    March 22, 2017

    The Higher Learning Commission has approved Western Michigan University’s request to offer programs at two locations in Florida.

  • WMU Partnered with Charlotte County's Hands Across the Harbor
    January 31, 2017

    Hands Across the Harbor is a half marathon and community event that encourages Charlotte County residents, regional residents, tourists, and businesses to live a healthy life style and make environmentally responsible decisions.

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    Enterprise Charlotte Foundation, WMU Work to Forecast Algae Blooms
    January 30, 2017

    The Enterprise Charlotte Foundation has awarded nearly $18,000 to WMU for a study its scientists are doing aimed at improving the ability to forecast algae blooms along the Charlotte County, Florida, coastline and its northern and southern extensions.

  • WMU Sustainability Experts to Present Programs and Research at Charlotte County Board of Commissioners Meeting
    January 23, 2017

    On January 24, Western Michigan University officials will present details about WMU’s sustainability programs and research initiatives to the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting. The programs are designed to positively impact the community’s sustainability through hands-on research regarding sustainable land use.

  • WMU to Announce Alliance with Florida Southwestern State College
    October 17, 2016

    On Tuesday, Oct. 18, officials from Western Michigan University and Florida Southwestern State College will announce an alliance that will allow WMU to offer several high-profile academic programs at FSW's Charlotte County, Florida campus. The alliance will provide integrated programs based on the community’s need and impact on Charlotte County’s economic development.

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