May 22, 2020

Virtual Orientation is quickly approaching

Virtual Orientation begins June 1 with 1:1 virtual advising appointments and will continue through the month of June. On-demand learning modules housed in Elearning will be available in early/mid-June. Virtual community sessions will begin in July with opportunities for new students, including transfer and adult learners, to connect with each other and with WMU. Session hosts will span the University and include current students, RSOs, affinity groups, faculty/staff and academic colleges. More information on how to sign up to host a session will be available soon.

Last day for students to withdraw from SUM I classes is June 1

GoWMU will be available for students to withdraw until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 1. Students with a registration hold who are unable to use GoWMU may request a withdrawal through the Registrar's Office by emailing The Registrar's Office sent a reminder to all registered students via email earlier today.

Updates from Admissions

  • Admissions has extended the application deadline for first-year students to July 31. Students who apply and complete their application file by that date will also be considered for admission scholarships
  • Application fees for transfer students will be waived until August 15, the transfer application deadline for the fall semester.
  • The last of four virtual Admitted Student Events will be hosted on Friday, May 29. Admitted first-year students may register at To date, more than 500 admitted students have attended a virtual admitted student event.

Updates from Student Financial Aid

CARES Act application and communications

Last week, we sent an email to our highest-need students with information regarding the CARES Act fund, as well as the application to complete for eligibility. Soon, we plan to send another email to students who received CARES funding with details on processing times and the refund process. Information on how to apply can be found at

PLUS applications available online this fall

Beginning fall 2020, students will be able to apply for the Parent PLUS and Graduate PLUS applications online through This is a change for our office and students, but will allow for a more streamlined process for the utilization of PLUS applications.

Student Emergency Relief Fund applications

More than 300 SERF applications have been processed by Financial Aid since March 21. The number of applications is much larger than in previous years because of the expansion of eligibility requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress appeals

We have processed 176 SAP appeals for the spring semester and extended the appeal application date to May 29 (two weeks later than usual).

Transfer students packaging

As of May 20, we packaged 1,044 transfer students and plan on packaging all returning students in June.

Spring 2021 scheduling information

The first-round department working reports for spring 2021 will be available today after 5 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, May 26, departments will have access to edit the spring 2021 schedule in Banner. Please note the following dates: 

  • May 26: Banner access available for edits/additions/deletions. Edits may only be completed for the spring 2021 semester. All changes for the summer I, summer II and fall terms should be submitted via section change forms.
  • June 19: Banner access removed – all edits must be complete by 5 p.m. All special requests are due at this time.
  • June 22: Bulk room scheduling begins at 8 a.m. 

Any schedule building questions should be directed to

Spring 2020 Dean's List now available

Celebrate student success

Commencement reschedule/refund surveys close June 1

April and June 2020 graduates have been given the option to participate in a later ceremony in the future or to receive a full refund of their graduation fee. A survey link was provided in an email where students could indicate their selection. If a student opts not to participate in a later commencement date, the $55 fee will be refunded to their student account. A final follow-up email will be sent to graduates early next week.

Grade mode changes no longer available

As a reminder, May 15 was the final day for students to change the grade mode of their spring courses. Students who missed the deadline may appeal for a hardship withdrawal through the Office of the Ombudsman.

See the hardship withdrawal process

Did you know? A fun fact from the Registrar...

Spring grade mode change processing is finished. In total, 6,713 grade mode changes were processed between April 30 and May 21, with 3,517 students requesting a change in one or more of their courses. 98% of the requests received were from undergraduate students.