Information for Community College Counselors

Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students with their transition to Western Michigan University. The following resources are designed to help you when working with prospective Western Michigan University transfer students. If you are a high school counselor or working with high school students, please visit our high school counselor page

College Counselor Virtual Sessions

These recordings of our virtual sessions will provide Community College counselors insight into each of our academic colleges, specific requirements of their programs, and additional applications if applicable. They include a brief presentation from the recruiters of the college, detailing which programs are housed there and what support is available to students. Following the presentation, counselors had the opportunity to get answers to questions frequently asked by their students.

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YOUR ADMISSION CONNECTION 

Further questions about WMU admissions? Looking to have a representative visit your students? Always feel free to contact our office via email at admissions-info@wmich.edu, or by phone at 269-387-2000. You can also discover the transfer counselor who works with your school and start the conversation today! 

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ADMISSION CRITERIA AND APPLICATION INFORMATION 

Our goal is to admit students who will be successful at WMU and contribute to the Bronco community. Visit the Admissions Criteria page for details on items we consider during application reviews.  

Students are considered for admission as transfer students 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 freshmen. 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 grades 
  • Number of college-level courses completed 

Transfer students must apply by creating a WMU Gold Gateway account.  

Request official transcripts be sent to WMU Admissions electronically or via mail at: 

Western Michigan University 
Office of Admissions 
1903 W Michigan Ave 
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211 USA 
admissions-transcripts@wmich.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications and all official transcripts must be delivered to WMU Admissions by these deadlines for consideration. 

  • Spring semester (early January entry): January 1 
  • Summer I session (early May entry): May 1 
  • Summer II session (late June entry): June 15 
  • Fall semester (late August entry): August 15† 

†Students interested in Aviation Flight Science must complete their admission application by the February 15 deadline. 

REQUIRED MATERIALS 

24+ completed credit hours 

  • Official college transcript from each institution attended post high school graduation 

≤23 completed credit hours 

  • Official college transcript from each institution attended post high school graduation 
  • Official, final 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 can strengthen your application by submitting self-reported ACT or SAT scores. 

Students who are eligible for an application fee waiver may self-identify on the Gold Gateway application. Completed paper waivers may be sent to WMU via mail or electronically to admissions-transcripts@wmich.edu

APPLICATION TYPES 

Students who fall into the following two categories should complete WMU’s transfer application by creating a Gold Gateway account: 

  • Transfer students: Currently attending or have previously attended another college and want to finish their bachelor's degree at WMU.  
  • Returning students: Went to WMU but have been away for a year or were academically dismissed, and want to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  

Other applicant types should apply using the links below. If you are unsure about a student's applicant type, visit the Application Types page.  

SPECIAL APPLICANT POPULATIONS 

For students who may fall under one, or more, of these special populations, follow the links for further resources and information. 

  • Foster Youth Initiative: WMU offers unique scholarship and support opportunities for first year, returning, and transfer students who have aged out of the foster care system. The Seita Scholars Program aims to address barriers to success that are typically unique to foster care alumni. 
  • College Assistance Migrant Program: The purpose of the WMU College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is to provide academic and financial support to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their children in successfully completing their first undergraduate year at the University and continuing in their post-secondary education. 
  • DACA/Undocumented Students: WMU does not factor in citizenship status in the admission decision and provides in-state tuition for DACA/undocumented students. There is privately funded assistance available on a limited basis that can be applied to tuition and residence hall payments for DACA/undocumented students. 

WMU VISIT OPPORTUNITIES 

The best way for a student to experience WMU is to visit campus... multiple times! WMU offers campus visit opportunities throughout the year, including targeted programming to assist throughout each stage of a student's college-search process. 

For your convenience, we are pleased to offer a variety of virtual experiences for counselors and students interested in learning more about WMU. 

COUNSELOR RESOURCES