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Welcome, transfer students!

Complete the transfer application if you’re a student who is currently enrolled at, or previously attended, another college and wants to finish a bachelor's degree at WMU.

Apply as a transfer student

At Western, we celebrate the passions that drive you and the possibilities that inspire you with an experience-driven education that leads to a meaningful career. Western is the place to become your best self, and we're delighted that you’ve decided to complete your degree with us.

Transfer students are those who enrolled at another college or university after high school graduation. To start the conversation about which of your credits transfer, contact your transfer admissions representative.

Here’s a quick overview on how to transfer to WMU.

  1. Apply online with our transfer application.
  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions from where you previously or are currently enrolled and send them to WMU Office of Admissions electronically or via mail.
    Western Michigan University
    Office of Admissions
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo MI 49008-5211 USA
  3. Review required materials that may be needed to have a completed transfer application.

For international transfer students, find out how to start the application process through our international admissions page. For all other students, see our application types to find specific instructions on how to apply.

For admitted students, discover your next steps.

Admission criteria

Students are considered for admission as a transfer student when they have completed college coursework during a fall or spring semester after graduating from high school. Early/middle college or dual enrolled students are considered first years. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale for consideration.

Factors of consideration for applicants include:

  • Cumulative college GPA (from all institutions attended)
  • Trend of recent semester grade
  • Number of college level courses completed
  • Learn more about admission criteria

    How to apply

    1. Apply online.

    2. Request official transcripts be sent to WMU Office of Admissions electronically or via mail. Western Michigan University, Office of Admissions, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI, 49008-5211 USA;

    Requested materials

    Students with 24+ completed credit hours

    • Official college transcript from every institution attended

    Students with fewer than 24 completed credit hours

    • Official college transcript from each institution attended
    • Official high school transcript from graduating high school or GED score
    • Western Michigan University has adopted a test-optional policy. However, if you graduated less than two years before you plan to enroll at WMU, you may strengthen your application by submitting self-reported ACT or SAT scores.

    Transcripts are considered official when they are submitted directly to WMU by the college, university or high school or when they are issued within 90 days and hand delivered in a sealed envelope by the student.

    When to apply

    While the dates above are deadlines, we recommend that you submit your application and required documents six to eight months before you intend to transfer to WMU. Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis, and students will be notified of decisions approximately two weeks after completing their application and submitting required materials. Admitted students must make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor prior to being able to register for classes. Our transfer students are given priority for registration dates based on the number of transfer credit hours completed.

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    WMU is test-optional

    Western has adopted a test-optional policy. This applies to both admission and Office of Admissions scholarship consideration. Learn about our test-optional policy, instructions for enrolling students and submissions for other standardized tests.

    Learn more about testing policy

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    Sending transcripts and test scores

    If you need to send transcripts and test scores, you have multiple options on how to deliver them to us.

    Send transcripts and scores

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    Competitive admission program

    We have some majors that are in high demand and have a limit on enrollment. Check out our competitive admission program for undergraduate transfers at Western.

    Explore the program

Application deadlines

The Office of Admissions should receive applications and all other materials by the listed dates if you want to be considered for admission.

Read more about important deadlines  


Thrive on campus and beyond

  • Students in their living space at Arcadia Flats, Western's main campus.

Transfer housing

Ready to get settled into your new home at WMU? On campus transfer housing options are available to help you, which include various living arrangements such as community, suite and apartment-style rooms—not to mention our Transfer Living Learning Community! The city of Kalamazoo also offers a variety of off-campus housing options for you to choose from.

Find your housing options  

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Dining on campus

When it comes to our dining services, we’ve got plenty of options that spell delicious! Our dining menu is designed to provide a variety of healthy food choices for our Bronco community. Our locations feature locally grown produce and can accommodate dietary restrictions. Whether you're looking for a dine-in experience, grab'n go or late night munchies, on-campus dining halls and campus cafés offer fresh and flavorful choices.

Explore your dining options  

  • Students downtown Kalamazoo enjoying the Night Farmers Market

Kalamazoo community

Kalamazoo offers big city benefits with a small town feel. Newcomers quickly notice the friendliness and easygoing attitude our residents share. WMU is located only five minutes from bus and train access to and from Kalamazoo.

Students enjoy the convenience of riding Kalamazoo city buses for free with their Bronco ID cards to nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Learn more about Kalamazoo, nearby lake shores, hiking trails, skiing and much more.

Discover Kalamazoo  

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    Bronco Athletics

    Our student-athletes and athletics community are sources of pride. We salute their drive and excellence and support their championships at our competitive conferences. With regular season tickets free for all students, we're ready to sing "Fight, Broncos, fight!"

    Discover intercollegiate athletics

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    Arts and entertainment

    Entertainment doesn't get any better than this. Located on campus, Miller Auditorium serves as a premier performing arts venue in Southwest Michigan. We host Broadway touring productions, live concerts, comedy events, family shows and more—and students get a 50% discount on most shows!

    Explore Miller Auditorium

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    If you're looking to break a sweat with friends, we have exercise options such as club sports, intramural sports and pickleball at our Student Recreation Center. Take advantage of our facilities and get moving!

    Get physical at the rec center

Resources for inside and outside the classroom

As a transfer student, our Bronco Guide is an excellent portal for you to find incredible resources for academic planning, career development, health and well-being, and planning for the future. We’re determined to help you succeed!

Explore the Bronco Guide  


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Exceptional education at a reasonable cost

At WMU, we know an excellent education doesn’t have to come at a high cost. That’s why we prioritize affordability and offer diverse resources to fund your college education so you can have peace of mind and do what matters most: to learn and grow with us.