Adult Learner Resources

Child Care

There are many childcare options near campus and around Kalamazoo.

Please visit these sites for a comprehensive search for childcare:

Great Start to Quality 

Kalamazoo County Ready 4's

 

Child care funding assistance is available for eligible WMU students through the College Assistance for Parenting and Education program.

The federally funded College Assistance for Parenting and Education project (CAPE) allows Western Michigan University to provide financial assistance to student parents to help them graduate from college. The CAPE grant offers Pell – eligible undergraduate and graduate student parents at WMU reduced child care tuition by paying 50% of the child care tuition at 3 partner child care centers in the community. Parents must be enrolled in classes each semester to receive the reduced child care rate. For more information please visit the CAPE website at  http://wmich.edu/teaching/research/capeThe application deadline is August 1, 2019 for fall semester 2019 funding.

 

Dining on Campus

WMU provides many on-campus dining options and offers a variety of fresh, healthy options for all diets. Four dining halls and eight cafes are located around campus. Purchases can be made with cash, credit card, or dining dollars. Residential and commuter student meal plans.

Dining Dollars function similar to a debit account. Simply load or re-load money onto your account online and then swipe your Bronco ID at any dining hall or café for you or a guest.

Engagement

There are many ways for students to become an engaged member of the WMU community. We are currently working to develop more opportunities for adult learners and contemporary students to connect with each other and to connect virtually.

Please explore the many current ways to become involved at WMU:

Be sure to attend Bronco Bash, WMU’s annual welcome back festival, which takes place the day before classes begin. Over 450 booths participate to share information, market services, and sign-up volunteers. Booths include registered student organizations, campus departments, local businesses, and community organizations. Lots of freebies!

The Office of Student Engagement exists to engage campus, empower students and develop leaders. There are many ways to become involved on campus, from registered student organizations to study abroad trips. The Office of Student Engagement can help you develop those meaningful connections with the campus community that are an integral component of the overall student life at WMU.

Studying abroad, in addition to enhancing your education by raising your geographical and cultural awareness, has been linked to cognitive, academic, and professional benefits.  Whether you are a business major, biology major, fashion major, foreign language major, or any major in between, Western Michigan University has a study abroad program suited for you. The cost to study abroad varies greatly depending on location and length of stay. WMU offers many programs that cost near the same amount as studying on campus for a semester. In most cases, any financial aid, grants or scholarships you are already receiving can be applied to study abroad costs.

Registered Student Organizations, or RSO’s, at WMU focus on a variety of interest areas from academics to service to zombies. Travel the country to volunteer, program events for a campus of 25,000 students, play a club sport, give back to the Kalamazoo Community, go Greek. Find an organization that fits your interests or start your own! Discover all of these opportunities and more at ExperienceWMU.

WMU Signature is a student engagement program for students to reflect on their out-of-class learning experiences, and to explore and identify a passion, which will be reflected on their WMU diploma. Completing a Signature pathway assists students in marketing themselves to future employers and institutions and in communicating the sum of their WMU experiences.

Health and Wellness

Student Recreation Center

Health and wellness are an important part of being a successful student. The Student Recreation Center offers open recreation, personal training, sport leagues and group exercise, utilizing equipment and facilities to promote health and well-being. They have programs focus on stress reduction, weight loss, increased flexibility and strength, friendly competition and social interaction.

Transportation

Parking Services

Parking on campus is monitored and facilitated through the Parking Services office. Western Michigan University is considered a closed campus in regards to parking. All University employees and students are required to have a parking permit. Registering a vehicle and obtaining a permit may be done at the Parking Services building. Parking permits correspond to designated lots based on student classification. Please visit the Parking Services website for complete details on registering vehicles, obtaining passes, paying citations, and frequently asked questions.

On-Campus Bronco Transit Buses

WMU provides buses that run within campus via Bronco Transit. Four different routes will take you to various stops on main campus or the valleys. Students ride free by showing their Bronco ID, and buses stop at all Bronco Transit bus stops—there is no need to notify the driver that you need to exit at an upcoming stop.

Off-Campus METRO buses

Kalamazoo Metro provides fixed-route public transit service to the Kalamazoo urbanized area, consisting of the cities of Kalamazoo, Portage and Parchment and the townships of Comstock, Kalamazoo, Texas and Oshtemo. Several bus stops are conveniently located on campus. Riding the Metro buses are free with your student ID.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Student Financial Aid Office supports the recruitment, retention and degree completion of a dynamic and culturally diverse student body, in preparation for a lifetime of personal and professional success. The office is located in the Faunce Student Services building and works closely with Bronco Express. We encourage you to visit Bronco Express first to take care of everyday University business. If your circumstances require further counseling, an appointment with a financial aid counselor in Faunce can be made.

Bronco Express is the first stop on campus for questions related to financial aid, transactions, making payment, student accounts, and general registration information. They are located on the lower level of the Bernhard Center and no appointment is needed.

Visit the Financial Aid Checklist  to view the necessary steps to take to secure a loan.

Scholarships and grants are free ways to pay for college. Each scholarship/grant has different requirements. Please be aware that you must be a part- or full-time student in order to receive any scholarships, grants, and/or federal aid.

Military and Veteran Services

The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA) provides guidance and mentorship for veterans, those still serving, and their family members. They offer assistance in academics, career services, GI benefits, transition assistance, and VetSuccess on Campus.

The Registrar's Office will need a copy of the DD 214 to use military benefits of any form.  The Admissions Office also needs a copy to grant any credit.

Academics

Advising and Registration

Beginning January 2020, all new beginning students age 22 and older will be required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for your first semester of classes. A transition hold will be placed your account and will be removed by your advisor once the meeting takes place.

As an undergraduate student at Western Michigan University, you will receive assistance from your college advisor as you plan your courses and work towards your degree. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once per semester to make sure you are on track to graduation.

Helpful tips and instructions on how to register for classes can be found here.

Study Related Assistance and Services

WMU provides many academic support services, including tutoring and supplemental instruction.  Visit the Academic Resource Center for complete details regarding academic support and services.  Additional academic support services can be found at Student Success Services and the Bronco Study Zone.

Located in Ellsworth hall, the Writing Center offers free writing assistance. They help writers of all proficiencies determine strategies for effective communication at any stage of the writing process.

College Success Seminars help students develop or refine useful skills for their academic and professional careers – everything from test-taking strategies to efficient studying. Seminars are free and do not require advance registration.

Be sure to use Degree Works, a web-based tool that will help undergraduate students plan their path to graduation. Degree Works brings WMU degree requirements and completed coursework together to give a complete view of progress toward degree completion. Visit the Registrar’s Office to understand requirements for graduation.

The WMU Libraries have a wide range of resources, programs, and services that support the research, creative, and academic pursuits of WMU students. WMU boasts four libraries: the main library of Waldo Library, Maybee Music and Dance Library, Swain Education Library, and the Zhang Legacy Collections Center. Library services include borrowing books, group study rooms, computers, and free printing (counts toward semester allotment).

The mission of Disability Services for Students at Western Michigan University is to make education accessible to all students. Students with conditions impacting a major life function such as learning or mobility may need to request accommodations. Temporary conditions (such as a broken leg) can also be accommodated. DSS advocates for the student to be provided with the appropriate tools to allow that person the opportunity to reach goals and potential. Those tools, academic accommodation or adjustment, facilitate learning while maintaining the integrity of course content and outcomes.

Career related Services

Career and Student Employment Services will help you find your fit! They will assist you with exploring career options, developing career plans, preparing for job searching, writing a resume, interviewing, negotiating, and identifying internships and jobs. Students may also participate in career advising. These free consultations last from 20-minutes to one hour in Ellsworth hall.  Students can participate in mock-interviews, receive assistance writing resumes and cover letters, learn job searching strategies, and more.

Be sure to explore the WMU Career Development Guide for career-search information and samples of resumes and cover letters.

Contemporary students may also take the CliftonStrengths for Students assessment for free.  Strengths is a personality-based assessment that gives you a snapshot of your most natural talents, which can then be developed for greatest success.  Knowing your Strengths can also help you deepen your self-awareness, discover passion areas, and help you set and reach goals.  After you take the assessment, you can schedule a 1:1 coaching session to help you understand your results.

Information Technology

Information Technology is comprised of nine units and provides data, computing, telephone and connection services to WMU students, faculty and staff. The Office of Information Technology oversees WMU email services, Bronco NetID, GoWMU, the residential computing network, and wireless services, among many other services.  A Help Desk that is available for both walk-in and phone-in services for technology-related issues.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Diversity at Western Michigan University encompasses inclusion, acceptance, respect and empowerment. This means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the contributions we have to offer all the more valuable. Diversity includes the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity and sexual orientation; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes and abilities; and religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices.

WMU's office of Diversity and Inclusion supports four programs: Disability Services for Students, Kalamazoo Promise Scholars Program, LBGT Student Services, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Extended University Programs/Online Programs

Extended University Programs of Western Michigan University provides higher education and professional development opportunities beyond the main campus. EUP encompasses eight regional locations across the State of Michigan as well as online programs, lifelong learning, conferencing, and degree completion through the University Studies program.