May 21, 2021

Online Orientation information

Online Orientation for incoming students is comprised of completing a pre-advising survey, group advising session, 1:1 advising appointment and online orientation modules. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in virtual engagement sessions, including virtual escape rooms, student panels with Orientation Student Leaders and topic-specific interest sessions.

Additionally, students have the option to attend an in-person Orientation session during the month of June. Twelve sessions will be offered and capped at 30 students with one guest each per session. The in-person session offers the opportunity to tour campus, meet an Orientation Student Leader and begin building community at WMU. Students may access all Orientation information in the new Student Orientation Hub. 

Financial aid and PLUS Loan applications available soon

SUM II undergraduate and graduate financial aid applications and Parent/Graduate PLUS Loan applications will be available Monday, May 24. Award amounts for SUM II, fall and spring will be available/provided in mid-June and communicated as necessary. Please direct students to for applications.

2021-22 Academic Catalogs will be published next week

Please note: There are pending proposals for programs being created, deleted or renamed. These edits will be reflected in the catalogs as soon as the proposals are approved. PDF versions of the catalogs will be available in mid-August. See for more information.

Summer 2021 virtual commencement ceremonies, fall in-person ceremony planned

Summer graduates received an email from Dr. Montgomery earlier this week confirming that virtual commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, June 26. As with spring graduation, we are also offering smaller, socially distanced, outdoor activities across campus on the morning of commencement day for graduates and their families.
As the prevalence of vaccination increases, the commencement committee remains optimistic about the future and will be moving forward with plans to hold an event on Saturday, Oct. 2, where all 2020-21 graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage at Waldo Stadium while their names are announced. Look for more information regarding the Oct. 2 event in the coming weeks.

Admissions recruitment partner spotlight

The Office of Admissions would like to recognize Gloria Johnson, event coordinator from Facilities Management, as a fantastic recruitment partner making an impact on our incoming class. Gloria serves as our contact for campus events and coordinates facilities interaction with guests for our tours and events, including services like custodial, landscaping and tour route review (clean up, etc.). As our communication liaison between the FM units and Admissions, Gloria ensures our campus presents well for our prospective student guests and families. Our team works with Gloria to plan a year in advance of events, but she also responds at a moment’s notice when needed!

Updates from Precollege Programming

Precollege virtual tutoring coming to a close

The collaborative initiative, which has provided online tutoring for Kalamazoo school district students since last October, will end Thursday, June 3. Thank you to all of our tutors for your hard work this year!

Academically Talented Youth Program summer camps open for registration

Camps will be a mix of online and socially distanced in-person opportunities. Scholarships are available to students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Learn more at

Fall 2021 final exam schedule now available

Exams begin Monday, Dec. 13, and conclude Thursday, Dec. 16.  

See the exam calendar
Did you know? A fun fact from the Registrar...

Eleven percent of students registered in the SUM I session have a non-degree status.