Early Action Application Deadline at WMU

First-year students who want to be considered for admission scholarships should complete their admission application and send their official high school transcript by December 15.  Students may use either the Common App or the WMU application—you can learn more at wmich.edu/admissions/apply.

Service Continuity Update

Due to the governor's three week pause, the Office of Pre-College Programming will be providing all services virtually until at least December 8. Individual pre-College programs (ATYP, MI GEAR UP, & Upward Bound) have virtual events and activities (classes, tutoring, webinars, etc.) planned and those will continue as scheduled.  Staff are also available to meet virtually.  To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact us at 269-387-2773 or alexis.arocho@wmich.edu

In addition, you can contact us about specific pre-college programs or reach staff using their direct office phones or email below:

Your success is our top priority and we will do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!

MI GEAR UP grant will support education awareness and readiness

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity secures federal funds to support initiative that benefits economically-disadvantaged Michiganders

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has been awarded $28 million – $4M per year over the course of the next seven years – by the U.S. Department of Education for the Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP) efforts aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

“The continuation of MI GEAR UP is another tool that allows us to help prepare more Michiganders on their pathway to rewarding careers and bigger paychecks,” LEO Acting Director Susan Corbin. “It’s also another tool that helps us achieve the state’s Sixty by 30 goal, ensuring 60% of working-age Michiganders have a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030 so that our great state is well-positioned for long-term economic growth.”

MI GEAR UP increases students’ awareness of the prerequisites to enter into a postsecondary education by providing college exposure, information on financial aid and admissions, and helping to build the critical thinking, test taking and study skills necessary to be successful as they continue their education.

“Through MI GEAR UP, we partner with Michigan’s 15 public universities and other key community partners to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component to help students succeed,” LEO Employment and training Director Stephanie Beckhorn said. “Throughout the process, we serve a cohort of students, beginning in the seventh grade and follow them through the first two years of college.” Western Michigan University's Office of Pre-College is one of those partners.

Tutoring/Child Care Requests

The University recognizes the need in the community for quality tutors and childcare providers during this difficult time. The best and safest ways for families to connect to WMU students who can serve as either tutors or babysitters is through one of the professional apps. These apps can connect you to a large universe of childcare providers and tutors, including but not limited to WMU students. The apps also run background checks, and include extensive safety policies and procedures. Below are some examples of sites that can assist you in finding a tutor or childcare provider though there may be other options available not listed:  

  •  Care.com
  • Sittercity.com
  • Bambino
  • Wyzant.com
  • Chegg.com 

We wish you the best of luck in finding the right tutor or sitter for your family and know that WMU students have much to offer. If there is anything else we can do to assist, please feel free to contact the Office of Pre-College Programming at (269) 387-2773.