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Your Next Steps to Becoming a Bronco!

Congratulations on your admission to Western Michigan University! We are excited to welcome you as a Bronco! This resource page outlines your next steps as a transfer student as you prepare to enroll at WMU.

Admitted Transfer Student Checklist

  • 1. Create your Bronco NetID password

    You should have received a Bronco NetID and instructions to create a password via email from the Office of Information Technology. Your Bronco NetID is different from your WIN (Western Identification Number). Visit Change Password to set your Bronco NetID password. If you do not have your Bronco NetID, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (269) 387-HELP or email

    Be sure to check your WMU email regularly, as important University Business -- such as your financial aid offer details -- will be sent there.


  • 2. Let us know you're coming.

    Let us know that you plan to attend WMU by confirming your admission in the Gold Gateway, including paying your $100 enrollment deposit, or request a deposit waiver. This fee confirms your enrollment and is applied to your fall semester tuition. Visit our Enrollment Deposit instruction website for more information. The enrollment deposit, or an approved waiver, must be submitted prior to registering for orientation. 

    Note that the enrollment deposit is automatically waived for Pell Grant-eligible students ( when you confirm your admission in the Gold Gateway

  • 3. Begin orientation process (including an advising appointment).

    Once you have completed the admission confirmation process (Step 2 above), you should register for new student orientation. All incoming domestic undergraduate students starting summer I, summer II or fall  are required to participate in orientation.  The delivery of orientation information will come to you in a number of ways, but your first steps are:

    • Log into the New Student Hub using your Bronco NetID and password to register for the in-person orientation date of your choice

    • Also in the HUB, complete your pre-advising information, including:

      • Pre-advising survey (Your academic advisor will use the information you provide in the survey to assist with your course registration.)

      • ALEKS math placement (especially important for engineering, aviation and science students)

      • Foundations in Writing

    For further details and registration links, visit the Orientation website.

  • 4. Update your FAFSA and apply for scholarships.
  • 5. Register for housing.

    Register for on-campus housing after you have explored our options for residence halls, apartments, and transfer learning communities.

  • 6. Send your final transcripts.

    Submit a final transcript from your college upon completion of your most recent course work to WMU Admissions at This is an important step as it can affect your ability to register for future terms and may also affect your financial aid and housing status. If you decide to enroll at WMU and chose to submit self-report scores, you must provide official test scores prior to new student orientation. See testing policy for details and review the ways to submit your scores.

If you wish to cancel your admission, complete the cancellation form. The $100 enrollment deposit for fall semester will be refunded if the cancellation is received prior to the following dates:
Fall - August 1
Spring - December 1
Summer I - April 1
Summer II - June 1


Join WMU, as well as other admitted students on social media, and share your excitement about becoming a Bronco using #FutureBronco! View links to our channels