Family Resources

WMU FamilyAt Western Michigan University, we believe parents and families are valued partners in each student’s academic journey. The WMU community collaborates to engage and support parents, guardians, mentors, and family members. The following links may be helpful as you and your student navigate the college experience:

Academic advising
Encourage your student to develop a relationship with his or her academic advisors. Advisors may be faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students or peer educators. Academic advising at Western Michigan University will take many forms.

Authorized user access
WMU students have the ability to grant access to third party individuals to view certain academic and financial aid information.

Career development
The career development process can be exciting, frustrating and life-changing. Visit the parent section of Career and Student Employment Services for tips on how to participate in this process and support your student.

Diversity and Inclusion (Office of)
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership in creating systemic change at Western Michigan University to ensure equitable access, resources, and success of all members of the campus community.

Financial aid
Working to provide money to the student and the family to help them pay for the student’s education. Major forms of financial aid include gift aid (grants and scholarships) and self-help aid (loans and work).

The Western Michigan University Office of Housing and Residence Life strives to foster a supportive, safe, well-maintained residential environment that promotes belonging, academic success and personal development of students.

Michigan residency
Information on residency classification at Western Michigan University for university admissions and/or fee purposes.

The university Ombudsman is available to hear concerns, assist with options and provide helpful resources. The Ombudsman serves as a neutral party to solve problems and resolve conflict, and facilitates the processes for hardship/non-attendance withdrawal appeals, course grade appeals and program dismissal appeals.

Registrar’s office
The registrar’s website is full of great information that will help your student know how and when to register, important dates for adding and dropping courses, and much, much more.

Student Success Services
Comprehensive information about academic support programs.

Student Transitions (Office of)
WMU's Office of Student Transitions is comprised of four essential components: New Student Orientation, Fall Welcome, First Year Seminar (FYE 2100), and Transfer Student Services. These components work together to help students achieve their goals.

When students are healthy, happy and safe, they have the highest potential for academic success and enjoying the college experience.

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Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (269) 387-2150.