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 or 1070 SAT 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. Additionally, the average SAT score may change due to the 2016 SAT Redesign.

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.