Points of Pride

  • Photo of student with books.The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies WMU among the nation's fewer than 200 research universities.
  • In its annual ranking of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities, U.S. News & World Report consistently lists WMU as one of the nation’s top public universities. More.
  • Of the nation’s 1,700 public colleges and universities, WMU is one of only 100 to be granted its own chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.
  • WMU offers 145 undergraduate programs, second most of any university in Michigan.
  • Photo of students reading.WMU’s Lee Honors College, one of the nation’s first honors colleges, serves as the scholarly home to more than 1,600 academically talented students. It has graduated winners of the most prestigious academic awards, including Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright and Gates Cambridge scholarships.
  • With an enrollment of 25,000, WMU is one of the 100 largest universities in the nation.
  • WMU students can choose from more than 70 study abroad programs in 30 countries on all continents.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks WMU’s programs in occupational therapyphysician assistant and speech pathology among the top 50 in the nation.
  • Photo of student riding bike on campus.WMU’s Haworth College of Business ranks among the top 10 percent as one of the largest undergraduate business programs in the United States.
  • Western began offering extension classes in 1905, just two years after its founding. Today, the University supports eight regional locations across Michigan, all of which provide graduate and professional education.
  • For more than a dozen years, WMU jazz studies students have kept the School of Music among the top three schools in the nation for the number of awards received from DownBeat magazine. More.
  • The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building is located on the 265-acre Parkview Campus, which is also the site of the University’s Business Technology and Research Park, one of the 15 areas designated by the state as a Michigan SmartZone for economic development.
  • In 2005, the College of Health and Human Services moved into its new home, a high-tech, 200,000-square-foot building on the University’s Oakland Drive Campus. More.
  • Photo of physical training.The College of Aviation, located at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, occupies 95,000 square feet on 20 acres, and it is one of the largest and most innovative aviation programs in the nation.
  • Completed in 2006, WMU’s $28.5 million chemistry building. The 83,000-square-foot facility is complete with high-tech lecture halls and safe, energy-efficient and interactive laboratories. More.
  • The University is known worldwide as a center for medieval studies, and each May more than 3,000 medievalists from every state and 25 nations converge on WMU’s campus for the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, the largest and most comprehensive academic gathering in the world for those who focus on the Middle Ages.
  • Photo of two students talking.In 2007, WMU’s Frostic School of Art opened its 44,000-square-foot, $13-million Richmond Center for Visual Arts, which features multiple galleries for student, faculty and visiting art exhibits. More.
  • WMU ranks first in Michigan and second in the nation in the use of wireless computing technology on a university campus, according to a 2005 study conducted by Intel. More.
  • The University’s Medallion Scholarship program is one of the largest merit-based programs in the nation. Each spring, some 600 to 800 of the nation’s top high school seniors travel to WMU’s campus to compete for one of its $50,000 awards.
  • WMU’s Department of Theatre is widely recognized as one of the nation’s best undergraduate programs and is a regular winner of American College Theatre Festival awards.
  • Photo of three students working on an engineering project.WMU’s Department of Dance is one of just 77 institutions accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Dance, and its students make regular appearances at the Kennedy Center.
  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education consistently ranks WMU’s College of Education and Human Development among the nation’s top 10 producers of professional educators.
  • WMU’s Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering is the only program in the world to have, on a single campus, pilot plants that can take a project from paper pulp to the printed page.
  • The Haworth College of Business is among an elite 5 percent of international business schools that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized accreditation for their accountancy programs.
  • The Sky Broncos precision flight team from the College of Aviation won the 1983, 1998 and 2002 National Intercollegiate Flying Association championships and has placed among the top three in every national competition for 17 of the past 19 years.
  • The WMU College of Fine Arts, which offers programs in artdance, music and theatre, is one of only eight similar, fully accredited colleges in the United States.
  • WMU’s graduate program in engineering management was named the best in the nation by the American Society for Engineering Management, while the University’s undergraduate program was ranked among the top three. More.
  • WMU’s Evaluation Center was the first of its kind and remains one of the top such centers in the world. Among its clients are the U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Department of Education; National Science Foundation; several state departments of education; and the Alger, Heifer, Kellogg and MacArthur foundations.
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