Living in and being a part of the Transfer Community gave me the opportunity to live in a supportive and welcoming environment. This supported my learning and personal transition to life on campus and at WMU.

Sydney - Transfer Community

Transfer Community

At Western, it's not about where you start but ensuring you have the support you need to get you where you are going. As a transfer student, you are not new to the college experience, but we want to connect you with the tools and resources to help you thrive as you pursue your academic passions and make your career and life ambitions a reality. 

The Transfer Community in Shilling Hall focuses on easing your transition to Western with activities to connect you with the campus community and other students just like you. You will have dedicated Learning Community Assistants to help guide you on your journey and experience all Western has to offer. You will also have all the conveniences of living on campus plus the benefit of living with others who can relate to being a transfer student.

Making college affordable

This Living Learning Community makes college affordable for transfer students. Residents live in a single room provided at a discounted cost. 


  • Neighbors around you are all first-semester transfer students.

  • “Family dinners” and regular social programs to help you connect and find belonging within the Transfer Community and throughout Western.

  • Regular programs that help you discover and connect to WMU resources, including WMU Signature.

  • Career development programming that helps you prepare for next steps.


Residents must:

  • Be a first-time WMU transfer student.

  • Have at least 21 transfer credit hours or be 20 years old with 14 or more transfer credits.

Veterans who are beginning students may apply.


Students must meet credit parameters to select a room in the Transfer Community. Students waiting for a credit audit to be completed should choose a different room on campus. When room changes open in July and the credit audit is complete, then, pending availability, students can switch to a room in the Transfer Community at that time. Friends who want to be suitemates in the Transfer Community should not make a roommate group. The transfer floors will show as unavailable to anyone in a roommate group.