Parent 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.

Guest Students
Western Michigan University offers a variety of courses to help guest students complete degrees at their primary institution.

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


Helpful Resources

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.


Office of Parent and Family Programs
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5348 USA
(269) 387-4820 | (269) 387-2554 Fax