October 9, 2020

Spring 2021 registration information

Spring course offerings will be available Wednesday, Oct. 21. Course offerings can be accessed via GoWMU or the WMU Course Offerings page. Registration begins Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 a.m. Note: The registration schedule was updated earlier today to better accommodate the transition to remote learning on Nov. 20.

See the updated registration schedule
WMU will waive application fee for most students throughout October

In recognition of Michigan College Month, an initiative coordinated by the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), we will be waiving our $40 application fee for domestic first-year and transfer applicants through Nov. 3. The intent is to encourage students to apply to college and help attain Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's goal of Sixty by 30 (60% post-secondary degree or certificate attainment by 2030). Students may apply through Common App or the WMU application in the Gold Gateway. Both can be accessed at wmich.edu/apply.

Fall midterm grades due Oct. 19

Grades can be entered in GoWMU using the Midterm Grade Worksheet. Grades can also be reported through D2L. Additional information on midterm grading, as well as instructions on how to submit midterm grades via Elearning, can be found at wmich.edu/registrar/faculty-staff/grades.

Instructors can report students who are not performing well, have excessive absences or missing multiple assignments using the Report Student Academic Concern form located on the Faculty Menu in GoWMU. When a student is reported, the information is sent to the Registrar's Office, Residence Life (if the student is living on campus) and the academic advisor of record (if the student is an undergraduate). Additionally, a comment is added to the “Notes” section in Degree Works. If the student has granted Proxy access to a parent/guardian, the parent/guardian will have access to the Academic Concern note in Degree Works.

2021-22 FAFSA form now available

The FAFSA form for the upcoming academic year became available last week. Please encourage students to complete the form at studentaid.gov. Students will receive email updates in early January. 

Options for students who missed the spring graduation application deadline

As a reminder, Oct. 1 was the deadline for spring 2021 graduation applications. Students may now submit a late application through Dec. 1 (new this semester) or wait until the next available graduation term. Late applicants will be charged $200 in addition to the $55 graduation fee. All earnings from the late fee will be used to bolster future communication efforts from the Registrar's Office. Please direct questions to John Scott.

Semi-annual security re-authorization began this week

The re-authorization process concludes Friday, Oct. 16. Supervisors will have through Friday, Oct. 23, to approve or deny requests. Security re-authorization allows the Registrar's Office to audit access to critical computer systems used at WMU and to ensure that users are familiar with the latest policies. Questions should be directed to the Registrar's Office.

Upcoming Admissions events

The Office of Admissions is partnering with a number of academic colleges and departments to host events for future students. Your assistance in promoting the events to your prospective students is welcomed. All events are posted on our major social media accounts and can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Open Houses: Friday, Nov. 6; Friday, Nov. 13

Prospective high school seniors or juniors (and families) are invited to virtually attend a Fall Open House to get to know WMU and ask questions. Learn more at wmich.edu/admissions/openhouse.

Western Wednesdays: Most Wednesdays at 5 and 7 p.m.

Sessions are led by Admissions, academic colleges and key departments across WMU. Prospective and admitted students are encouraged to attend. Sessions are presented live, including a virtual Q&A. Learn more at wmich.edu/admissions/westernwednesday.

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