what makes us gold

Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of approximately 24,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction and fostering significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among fewer than 200 institutions in the nation with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation’s top-100 public universities. WMU is one of only 100 public colleges and universities to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honors society. 


WMU offers many program choices so you can get the degree you want from a university that goes above and beyond. If you’re determined to pursue one area of study, chances are WMU’s program in that area is nationally acclaimed. If you’re not quite sure what you want to study, there’s ample opportunity to explore. Either way, you’ll be challenged to excel beyond your expectations. Beyond our smart program choices, WMU offers many opportunities to enrich your education such as First-Year Experience, and Lee Honors College.


You’re coming to WMU to leave ready to land the career of your dreams. Our students have an 92 percent post-graduate success rate and each program of study has its own benefits and opportunities. No matter what your path, you can expect to find internships, co-ops, field studies and many other methods of applying what you’re learning to real life. It all adds up to a pretty impressive resume. WMU’s Career and Student Employment Services provides students with BroncoJobs, our student employment database. Over a dozen career fairs for students in all majors are held each year. Employers come from far and wide to recruit WMU students for jobs. One thing’s for sure, you’ll leave WMU prepared to take on the world.


Over 350 student groups, clubs and organizations means WMU offers opportunities for everyone to get involved. When you want to dive in to your passions, check out organizations like Campus Activities Board, fraternities, sororities, Campus Poetry Society, Western Student Association or West Michigan Gamers Guild. There are student groups for almost every discipline. Other on campus events and activities include NCAA D-1 Bronco athleticsintramural sportsBroadway performances, Bronco Bash, career fairs, homecoming, Miller movies and the student recreation center.


Transfer students are invited to join the Lee Honors College at WMU when they meet the admission criteria. Our honors college is one of the nation's first honors colleges and serves as the scholarly home to over 1,700 academically talented students. In 2014, the Lee Honors College formed a new chapter of Tau Sigma, a national honor society exclusively for transfer students. This organization is dedicated to "recognizing and promoting the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students" and is another way to get involved as a new student on campus.


logoWestern Michigan University has been selected as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016 Transfer Honor Roll, recognizing excellence in the creation of community college transfer pathways.  WMU is one of only 40 institutions selected nationwide to receive this honor and is the only Michigan school being honored. 

As a member in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa at your community college, you are eligible for membership in WMU's Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapter, Alpha of Michigan. Alpha of Michigan was the first Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapter at a four-year institution in Michigan. Alumni members have a built-in connection with new and returning Phi Theta Kappans at WMU. 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.


One of the best features of WMU is Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo is the fifth largest city in Michigan and provides a vibrant backdrop for student life. Kalamazoo boasts an active downtown with shops, restaurants and plenty of festivals year-round. Students enjoy local recreation such as Climb Kalamazoo, skiing and biking trails. Searching for something new? Experience Kalamazoo’s live theatres, the Kalamazoo Ballet, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, one of the many art and history museums, K-wings hockey, Kingdom soccer, and don’t forget NCAA D-1 Bronco sports.


The staff and faculty have the best interest of students in mind. Many students choose WMU because of the faculty. WMU faculty members are passionate about the subjects they teach. Endless research opportunities lead by WMU faculty are available for undergraduate students to be involved in, making discoveries that will change the world. Need some help with a class? All faculty members hold office hours each week to meet with students one-on-one about their coursework while tutoring and supplemental instruction are available at no charge to all students.


In today’s global society, it is important that students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the world’s cultures. At WMU, students have access to over 90 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries around the world. In addition to the unique experience of studying abroad, a diverse campus community and a commitment to continue fostering diversity make WMU a great place to study. Offices such as the Division of Multicultural Affairs, the office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Student Services, and Disability Services for Students serve as information resources, provide support services, and promote a campus climate that affirms the academic and personal development of all students. The International Programs Council (IPC) is a student organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding at Western Michigan University. Kanley Chapel is a public inter-faith facility located at the heart of the WMU campus and represents the University's dedication and encouragement of personal and spiritual development.


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WMU has found the balance between savoring the tradition and upgrading the facilities on campus so each student is provided a state of the art experience. It’s not about being a showcase; it’s about our culture of sustainability.

From student energy reduction and recycling initiatives in our residence halls to our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified academic buildings WMU is leading the way in sustainability efforts. If that’s not enough, with 20 electric vehicle charging stations, WMU is the national leader for college campuses boasting EV charging resources.

To learn more about why students are choosing WMU, read about our points of pride.