First-Year Student Resources

Campus Navigator

This publication is produced by the Office of Student Transitions and is provided in print form to all incoming first-year and transfer students at New Student Orientation programs. It is also available as a PDF.


Career Development Guide

This publication is produced by the Office of Career and Student Employment Services and is available in print form and as a PDF. This guide provides information, samples, and worksheets to facilitate career planning for students.



 International Admissions and Services Handbook

This publication is produced by the Office of International Admissions and is provided in digital form to all new incoming international students. This handbook is designed to help international students become acquainted with Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo area, and American life to make the adjustment as easy, comfortable and fulfilling as possible.

Family Guide

This publication is produced by the Office of Family Engagement and is available to all prospective, incoming and current students and their families. It offers information specifically for parents and families.


wmu signature program

WMU Signature is an opportunity for students to be recognized for the learning that occurs outside of the classroom.  By participating, students will be able to connect the dots between all of their experiences, while gaining transferable skills to better market themselves to future employers or institutions.


Student Success Guide

This guide is produced by the Office of the Registrar and provides information about registration, grading, definitions, class scheduling, Degree Works and a variety of other academic information. This guide is available solely as a PDF.


WMU Catalogs

These publications are the official source of the university’s academic programs, courses, policies and procedures. The catalog should be used as a guide—in conjunction with your academic advisor—in planning a course of study and in meeting requirements for graduation.


Plan It 4-Ward

Jump start your college planning with the Plan It 4-Ward worksheet.  Use this to start filling in your academic plan, career plan, financial plan and engagement plan. There is also a website listed in each box for you to explore as you make your notes. For a more detailed explanation on what Plan It 4-Ward is and how you can use it to assist you during your time at WMU, visit this Website or watch this video.


    Printable PDF Student success programs service directory


 links and information are the most recent.  most documents are updated sometime in may.