The Alpha Program is designed to guide first-year students in developing skills, behaviors and attitudes that lead to college success. The Office of Admissions admits students to the Alpha Program who are able to thrive with the opportunity and support that the program provides. Upon enrolling at Western, first-year Alpha students become part of a community of fellow Alpha students, upper-class Alpha student mentors and supportive faculty and staff.
Student Academic Support Services and Programs
WMU offers multiple academic support services to all students, as well as specialized programs available to certain populations of students. These offices stand ready to continue to provide service at a distance. All offices can be reached by phone and email and many are providing video services online through Microsoft Teams or other mechanisms.
Bronco Study Zone
The Bronco Study Zone is a space for all Western Michigan University students that offers a comfortable learning environment in which students can receive academic support designed to enhance learning and collaboration toward the goal of academic success.
College Assistance Migrant Program
The Western Michigan University College Assistance Migrant Program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education. The program’s goal is to provide supportive services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their dependents by assisting them in the successful completion of their first year of college and persistence toward degree attainment. The program provides the following services:
College of Education and Human Development Student Success
Here in the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University, the success of students is our priority. As a part of our model, the Student Success Center (SSC) works with all undergraduate students in the college to assure that all students have what they need to ultimately reach their full potential.
- College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Student Success Centers
College of Health and Human Services Learning Resource Center & Office of Student Engagement & Success
The Office of Student Engagement and Success in the College of Health and Human Services is a learner-centered, relationship-based support program designed to help students reach their full academic potential. Because we believe student success must address the whole individual, initiatives are designed to stimulate growth opportunities for students in their academic, financial, social, occupational, physical and emotional lives.
Initiated in 2015, the Foundation Scholars program supports students who have demonstrated personal resilience and outstanding academic performance despite economic and other hardships. Students receiving the award become part of a community of scholars who support each other and work toward common goals.
Kalamazoo Promise Scholars Program
The Kalamazoo Promise Scholars Program provides direct support to students who are eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship and are attending, or planning to attend, Western Michigan University. We do this by offering guidance on navigating the academic and personal challenges of college life, connecting students with campus and community resources and providing knowledge, awareness and skills for students to succeed in college, careers, and the community.
Learning Assistant Program
The Learning Assistant Program offers direct support to students in gateway courses via in-class assistance and by facilitating study sessions to review course objectives and develop effective study techniques. A learning assistant will be present in the classroom to assist the course instructor and students.
- Lee Honors College Peer Student Success Team
Math Tutor Lab
The Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University offers tutor labs where you can get assistance studying for your math classes and one-on-one help from tutors ready and able to answer questions. Students may also receive assistance from Student Success Services.
Mentoring for Success Program
The Mentoring for Success Program is a peer mentoring program designed to promote program participants' success at Western Michigan University through increased acceptance rates into participants' intended majors and increased college graduation rates. The program is geared toward achieving specific academic and developmental goals that are focused on participants' overall development. The program is optimized for and most beneficial to first-year and second-year students.
Military and Veteran Affairs
The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides guidance and mentorship for veterans, those still serving and their family members. We offer assistance in academic and benefit support; we also bring answers to questions regarding WMU, the VA and southwest Michigan.
MLK Jr. Student Scholars Academy
The Martin Luther King Jr. Student Scholars Academy is a four-tier comprehensive program designed to offer academic, social, and professional development support and services to assist program participants from the first year through graduation. Each tier is designed to address particular developmental milestones associated with that phase of each student's matriculation.
Peer Academic Success Coaching
The peer academic success coaching program at Western Michigan University helps students perform to the best of their abilities. The goal is to help you attain the highest standards of academic excellence. Through the coaching process, you will work collaboratively with your coach to develop a plan of action to optimize academic performance and achieve your goals. You will learn strategies and techniques and receive support to take the steps necessary to enhance your learning experience at WMU.
Western Michigan University is dedicated to student success. As a result, every first-year and transfer student is assigned an established WMU student as an eMentor to in in each student’s transition to WMU’s campus and the community.
- Physics Help Room
The Office of Precollege Programming has centralized a few key and long-standing precollege programs comprising of the Academically Talented Youth Program—ATYP, Michigan's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs—MI GEAR UP and Upward Bound. The office also coordinates dual enrollment and provides comprehensive and inclusive youth outreach services throughout Michigan, including greater Southwest Michigan and the Metro Detroit area.
Reclaim the W
Reclaim the W is designed to assist academically dismissed Western Michigan University students continue in their graduation pursuits. The program began in 2014 and is centered on first- and second-year academically dismissed students gaining immediate readmission into WMU. Students are offered to apply for the program based on their cumulative GPA and overall academic efforts. The decision for readmission is based on the student’s prior academic performance and application, which includes an essay and possible interview.
The mission of the Registrar's Office is to support learning, discovery and global engagement at Western Michigan University by maintaining the accuracy, integrity, and security of student records; ensuring compliance with academic policy and higher education regulations; and serving the diverse and changing needs of the campus community.
Seita Scholars Program
The Seita Scholars Program currently supports up to 150 scholars. Students who are considered active Seita Scholars have been accepted and notified of their acceptance into the Seita Scholars Program, signed their Seita Scholars Program Agreement, are maintaining the requirements of the agreement and are currently attending Western Michigan University as full-time, undergraduate students.
Service learning is a mutually beneficial endeavor in which course learning objectives are met by addressing community-identified needs--putting academics into practice. Projects require a minimum of 15 hours of service work outside the classroom and provide students with opportunities to be a part of the solution to challenges identified by our community partners. Service learning always includes a critical reflection of the experience and empowers community members, students and faculty to create change.
- Statistics Tutor Lab
- Supplemental Instruction
- Transfer Student Services
TRIO Future Educator Success Program
The TRIO Future Educator Success Program is a federally funded grant program that promotes the success of future educators from Western Michigan University. We offer career and graduate school exploration, financial assistance, leadership opportunities, mentorship and more to teaching majors who are first-generation, income-eligible students or students with disabilities.
TRiO Student Success Program
TRiO Student Success Program is a learning community funded by the U.S. Department of Education that helps first-generation, income eligible and students with disabilities complete their baccalaureate degrees. Since 1984, TRiO SSP has been a vibrant part of the Western Michigan University campus community.
The Western Michigan University Writing Center is a free consultation service dedicated to helping individuals better understand, apply and develop writing abilities through one-to-one, client consultations and genre specific workshops.