Continuity of Services Update as of 3/25/2020: Per the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, WMU remains open, as education is being offered at a distance for the remainder of spring semester and some services are being offered distance as well.

In alignment with courses being offered through distance education for the remainder of the semester, WMU Signature services will be offered from a distance as our staff works remotely during this time. We are able to provide assistance to graduating students only at this time.  Assistance for students graduating in future semesters will resume as soon as possible, likely when regular campus operations resume.

To request assistance, you may use our Contact Us page, or email our Director, Evan Heiser directly.  During this time, e-mail is the most effective way for us to connect with you, and supporting you is our utmost priority. Please note that we will respond to your emails and phone calls as soon as possible, and will continue to do our best to serve your needs. Thank you for your patience and be well!

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WMU Signature is a student engagement program for students to reflect on their out-of-class learning experiences, to explore and identify a passion, that will be reflected on their WMU diploma.

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 awarded for outstanding innovation

WMU Signature received the Innovative Program award at the NASPA Region IV-East annual conference.



ExperienceWMU is the online home for all student engagement opportunities at Western Michigan University, including finding events, submitted reflections and tracking progress for WMU Signature.  All WMU students, faculty and staff have access with their Bronco Net ID and password.

  • Find events
  • Check progress
  • Submit reflections


WMU Signature Designation

Western Michigan University recognizes that engagement outside of the classroom can contribute to student learning and development. In response, the University created a framework, WMU Signature, for students to intentionally engage on campus and meaningfully reflect on their experiences. To celebrate students' co-curricular achievements, the University will officially recognize students who have successfully completed their WMU Signature by including a WMU Signature Designation on their academic transcripts and diploma.

Western Michigan University is the only institution that is currently including a co-curricular designation on the academic transcript and the diploma.


WMU Signature levels pyramid

As part of WMU Signature, students attend 12 events in the first phase, EXPLORE, and reflect periodically on their WMU experience before declaring a pathway, or passion area.

After students have declared their pathway, as part of the second phase, FOCUS, they attend 6 events within that pathway to further explore their passion, continuing to reflect on their WMU experience.

The final phase is the P.E.A.K. (Providing Evidence of Active Knowledge), where students propose and complete a unique experience putting their passion into action. Western Michigan University then includes the student's pathway within the WMU Signature designation on their academic transcript and official diploma.



Pathway Descriptions