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Learner centered. Discovery driven. Globally engaged.

All explorers start somewhere—and that place is Merze Tate College.

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Where will pursuing your passion take you?

Where will pursuing your passion take you?

Dr. Merze Tate with her bicycle at Oxford University

Merze Tate College is an alliance of services, units, and departments that exist to help empower every student to reach their highest potential and provide them with ways to seize success, thrive in all dimensions of their well-being, and lay the foundation for a prosperous future.

Dr. Merze Tate was a dynamic trailblazer who bravely defied systemic injustices, challenged cultural expectations, and found ways to overcome barriers as she forged her own path toward success. As a teacher, journalist, author, inventor, and advisor to world leaders, she shared her knowledge and used her connections to uplift others, help them discover their potential, and amplify their voices.
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Departments and Programs

News and Events


  • Students tour the AMP Lab at WMU-Grand Rapids

    High school students can explore manufacturing and design careers through new WMU, GRPS partnership

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) have joined forces in a two-year dual-enrollment partnership to support high school students interested in entering the integrated design and manufacturing fields. Through this partnership, GRPS students can complete a WMU undergraduate certificate at no out-of-pocket cost.

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  • portrait of Merze Tate

    Merze Tate College, honoring legacy of trailblazing alumna, opens doors at WMU

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Merze Tate saw boundless possibilities in a world where the odds were stacked against her; she refused to sit in the mold society created for her and instead set out to conquer her dreams and explore the world. Western Michigan University is honoring Tate's legacy by naming University College—the academic home for exploratory majors—after the inspirational alumna who was a scholar, world traveler, journalist, author and disarmament specialist who advised world leaders.

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  • portrait of Sierra Ward

    Service and social justice drive student's health care aspirations

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.—From police officer to doctor to pharmacist, Sierra Ward's career aspirations have evolved with her life experiences. With all of her globetrotting, Ward has decided the best place to develop her passion into purpose is at Tate's alma mater in her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. A fourth generation Bronco, she admits she initially thought about bucking the family tradition when it came to college.

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Upcoming Events

Merze Tate Day

  Date: February 6       Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us in celebration of the legendary Dr. Merze Tate! All members of our community are invited to celebrate the life of WMU’s trailblazing alumna Dr. Merze Tate.  Learn more about Merze Tate Day  


WMU Fall Welcome

  Date: August 25-30       Time: Daily activities

Connecting students with peers, WMU's campus, staff, and resources all aimed at helping incoming students achieve success! Learn more about Fall Welcome  

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