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Helpful Information

Academic Advising
Encourage your student to develop a relationship with his or her academic advisors. Advisors may be faculty, staff, administrators, graduate students or peer educators. Academic advising at Western Michigan University will take many forms. Click here for a link to the Academic Advising Manual.

Career Development
The career development process can be exciting, frustrating and life-changing; sometimes all at once. We encourage you to support your student and participate in the process.

Health and Safety
When students are healthy, happy and safe, they have the highest potential for academic success and enjoying the college experience.

Student Housing
The Western Michigan University Office of Residence Life provides a variety of services for on- and off-campus students.

Registrar’s Office
The registrar’s website is full of great information that will help you learn how to register, when to register, important dates for adding and dropping courses, and much, much more.

Authorized User Access
WMU students have the ability to grant access to third party individuals to view certain academic and financial aid information.

Financial Aid
Working to provide money to the student and the family to help them pay for the student’s education. Major forms of financial aid include gift aid (grants and scholarships) and self help aid (loans and work).

First-Year Experience
WMU First-Year Experience (FYE) Programs are comprised of three essential components: New Student Orientation, Fall Welcome and FYE Seminar. These three components work together to help you achieve your goals.

Michigan Residency Requirements
Information on residency classification at Western Michigan University for university admissions and/or fee purposes.

Sexual Harrassment
Western Michigan University prohibits discrimination or harassment which violates the law or which constitutes inappropriate or unprofessional limitation of employment opportunity, University facility access, or participation in University activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, protected disability, veteran status, height, weight or marital status.