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Transfer to WMU from Jackson College

Jackson College and Western Michigan University have an established transfer partnership. Our goal is to help you maximize your time at JC so that your transition to WMU is as smooth as possible. This page directs you to online resources and real people in admissions and advising that care about your questions and want to help you succeed.

WMU Essential Studies (WES) is the required curriculum for all undergraduate students at Western Michigan University. Courses are designed to help students become fluent in change and driven to contribute; develop perseverance; and be ready for their future. Students develop the skills employers seek most in graduates—demonstrated complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, judgment, and decision making. The WES guide is for catalog years beginning in 2020. The MTA fulfills levels 1 and 2 of WES so transfer students are encouraged to complete the MTA before transferring to Western.

Online resources for transfer students

Admissions questions?

If you have questions, please call the Office of Admissions at (269) 387-2000.
You can also email us at

Campus visits at WMU

Phi Theta Kappa

WMU's Phi Theta Kappa Alumni chapter, Alpha of Michigan, invites you to join us for fun activities and volunteer opportunities that will positively shape your experience at WMU! The chapter strives to follow the four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service. You can connect with us on Facebook or via email.

American Honors

WMU is a member of American Honors, one of the most prestigious community college honors programs in the country. American Honors students from JC receive automatic transfer acceptance upon program completion, when they maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete an associate degree by the time they enroll at WMU. American Honors students must apply by February 1 of their final year of the American Honors program. Visit the WMU American Honors webpage for more information.

Major guides

Articulation agreements with WMU

Our articulation agreements ensure Jackson College students have a direct and clear graduation path for a number of specific majors at WMU. If your intended major is not listed, please connect with your WMU representative for further assistance.