Access a self-paced online resource designed to help new graduate students succeed during their time at WMU

Whether you're new to the area or have been here a while, we've curated a list of things to do that will help you make the most out of your time at WMU from exploring local restaurants and breweries to attending cultural events and outdoor adventures.

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Graduate Writing Circles (virtual and in-person)

The Graduate Writing Circle provides community, accountability, and a dedicated time for all graduate students to gather with peers to work independently either in-person or virtually. Students have shared that co-working has helped to increase their motivation, set S.M.A.R.T. goals, and reduce a sense of isolation. 

  • In-person every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Starting September 21, join for part of the day or for the entire day! Meet in Walwood Hall, East Campus. Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided.
  • Virtual Writing Circle every Monday, 1 to 4 p.m. Starting  September 11, supplement your writing time with a virtual option or join if you are remote and cannot attend the in-person circles.

Click the blue button to register for either the in-person or virtual Writing Circle. 


Dissertation Bootcamp 
Dissertation Bootcamp is an online resource for graduate students beginning to plan and conceptualize their thesis or dissertation or actively working on their thesis or dissertation after reaching candidacy. You are welcome to browse through the various sections for resources and information. This is not intended to replace in-person programs but serves to enhance your dissertation writing. Sign-up to participate here.

Fall Funding Alert
The Graduate College compiles a list of external funding opportunities for graduate students. View the fall email by clicking here.

WMU Graduate and Professional School Fair 2023

Date: Oct. 4
Time: 3:00pm

The Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held in-person from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, on the main campus of Western Michigan University. Speak with representatives from nearly 80 graduate and professional schools from WMU and throughout the U.S. about your options for advanced studies. This free event is open to WMU and all other college students, WMU staff and faculty, and community members. 

Historic Walk: Architects in Kalamazoo

Date: Oct. 6
Time: 8:00am
Location: Meet at Gazelle Sports

Learn about Kalamazoo history and area architects during this walking tour with regional history curator Lynn Houghton.

Fall recess

Date: Oct. 18
Time: All day

No classes. University is open regular business hours.

Fall recess

Date: Oct. 19
Time: All day

No classes. University is open regular business hours.

Fall recess

Date: Oct. 20
Time: All day

No classes. University is open regular business hours.