Curriculum guides are available for a number of WMU programs in which you may be interested. These guides will help you plan your transfer program beginning at the community college and make for a smooth transition as you continue your program at WMU. Transfer guides for Michigan community colleges list the courses that can be used to fulfill Western's requirements.
Michigan Transfer Agreement
WMU’s commitment to Michigan community college students is guaranteed in writing by the Michigan Transfer Agreement. If your college has signed this agreement and you complete the stated requirements, you’ve met WMU’s freshman/sophomore general education requirements. For students who have fulfilled the former MACRAO Articulation Agreement, WMU will continue to honor that agreement. To learn more about the Michigan Transfer Agreement, contact your college counseling office.
Transfer credit policies
- College course work completed at a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency (e.g., North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) will be considered for transfer credit at Western Michigan University.
- College course work completed at a college or university accredited by an agency other than a regional accrediting agency may be considered for transfer credit on a provisional basis, if the accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Work accepted on this provisional basis is subject to a validation process described in the WMU Undergraduate Catalog and transfer credit is only awarded after the validation process is completed.
- As an incoming Western student, you may apply up to half of the minimum credits required for your intended degree with credits earned at a community college.
- Courses with less than a "C" grade earned will not be considered for transfer credit. Numerical grades must be 2.00 or higher for consideration. For transferred courses, only the credit transfers; grades do not transfer to WMU.
- Repeated courses: When a course is repeated, only the most recent instance of the course will be evaluated when transfer courses are reviewed.
- Articulated credit awarded by other institutions is not considered for transfer credit. Credit by examination awarded by other colleges does not transfer, and test scores for such examinations are evaluated under WMU policies after official score reports are received.