High School Counselors

Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students for their transition from high school to college. The following resources are designed to help you when working with prospective Western Michigan University students.


We've compiled the information that school counselors may need into one place. View the PDF file of our 2018-19 Counselor Update

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how to apply

Students may apply online by creating a WMU Gold Gateway account or by using the Common Application.

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline for first-time freshman scholarship consideration is November 1*.
The first-time freshman application deadline for the Main Campus in Kalamazoo is June 1*.

*Deadline is extended to next business day if published date occurs over the weekend.

application Instructions and Requirements

Admission criteria

WMU freshman admission criteria includes GPA, ACT or SAT score, high school curriculum and trend in grades. WMU does not require an essay or letters of recommendation. However, there is a section within the application for students to briefly share information regarding performance in high school that may be influential to our holistic review process.

Review Admission Criteria

Admitted student checklist

This helpful checklist provides information on next steps for students admitted to WMU.

Next steps for Enrollment

Application fee waiver

A counselor or other school official may request an Admission Application Fee Waiver for a student who meets an indicator of economic need, such as those eligible for free or reduced lunch, to have the student's $40 application fee waived. Waivers may be sent using the online form or paper waiver document. Completed paper waivers may be sent to WMU via mail, fax, or electronically to admissions-application@wmich.edu.

Once processed by the Office of Admissions, the identified student will receive a fee waiver code to the email address used on the request form or on their admission application. The student must enter the code and click submit to complete their application. WMU application fee waiver codes are only valid for applications submitted via the Gold Gateway account (WMU online application).

Online Fee waiver Form

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Dual enrollment

Current high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area may apply to dual enroll at WMU. Dual enrollment advising is available through the Office of Pre-College Programming.

Learn more About Dual Enrollment

Early/Middle college

High school students who attend an early/middle college are invited to apply and enroll at WMU. Early/middle college graduates are considered beginners with advanced standing and should apply as a first-year student. They will be able to indicate enrollment in an early/middle college as part of the application.

more Information for EMC Applicants

Foster Youth Initiative

WMU offers unique scholarship and support opportunities for students who have aged out of the foster care system.

Learn more About Fostering Success

WMU Visit Programs

The best way for a student to experience WMU is to visit campus... multiple times! WMU offers visit opportunities throughout the year and targeted programming to assist throughout each stage of a student's college-search process.

Special Group Tours

School counselors, advisors and extracurricular groups seeking to explore the University together are encouraged to schedule a special group tour. WMU can accommodate up to 100 students a day from sixth to twelfth grade and also has opportunities for transfer student groups. Requests may be made through our Campus Visit Center by calling (269) 387-2289.  

Campus Tours

Experience first-hand what it means to be a Bronco. Tours begin with a presentation, followed by a student-led exploration of student-centered spaces, dining facilities, residence halls and classrooms. Open to all prospective students and their families. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and most Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Junior Open House

Kick-off the college search process by attending this special program targeted to high school juniors. Students will hear tips and tricks for navigating admissions applications, managing costs and expectations of senior year. Students should attend during the spring of their junior year.

Open House Programs

High school seniors are encouraged to attend one of our fall open house events. Students will dive deeper into academic programs and campus life, hear highlights from various departments, visit with professors, advisors, and current students, discover how WMU can help them land their dream job and submit any official documents to complete their admission application. 

Admitted Student Events

Open to all admitted high school seniors as an opportunity to complete all next steps for enrollment in one day. Events are hosted in the spring of the student's senior year.

View all visit opportunities

Your admissions connection

Further questions about WMU admissions? Looking to have a representative visit your students? Discover the recruiter for your school and start the conversation today!

Find Your Admissions Representative