Admission Criteria

Admission to WMU is determined on an individual basis. Applications are reviewed using a combination of these key factors:

  • Grade point average
  • ACT or SAT score
  • Number and types of college preparatory courses
  • Trend of grades

The average WMU freshman has a 3.41 cumulative high school GPA on a 4-point scale and a 23 ACT composite score. However, these numbers should not be viewed as minimum requirements. Students with scores both above and below these averages are considered for admission. 

When reviewing a student’s trend of grades, a positive trend from freshman year through the time of application shows potential for success at the college level. Good academic performance during senior year is the bridge to a successful first year at WMU. Final high school transcripts are required and will be reviewed to confirm admission.

High school recommendations

We strongly recommend high school students take a rigorous college preparatory curriculum prior to enrolling at WMU. The base core includes: 

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (through second year algebra)
  • 3 years of natural sciences (at least two years of biology, chemistry or physics)
  • 3 years of social sciences
  • 2 years of the same foreign language

A solid core in these subjects will best prepare students for college level work and provide the broadest possible range of academic choices. Students graduating from a Michigan high school are expected to meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.