Advising

Directory of undergraduate advisors

As an undergraduate student at Western Michigan University you will receive assistance from your college advisor as you plan your courses and work towards your degree. Each of the colleges has an office staffed with professional advisors. These offices, their location and phone numbers are listed in the Directory of Undergraduate Advisors.

First year success guide

A quick reference for advising related information is the First Year Success Guide. In this guide, you will find many helpful tips regarding registration, Degree Works, important dates and other related topics.

Second bachelor’s degree

The difference between a second bachelor’s and a second major

Second Bachelor's

A second degree is received. You are required to satisfy the requirements as stated below. Your transcript will reflect two degrees. The curriculum, major and minor will be listed for each degree.

Second Major

One degree is received. You will complete the requirements for a second major at WMU. Your transcript will reflect one degree with two majors listed. Courses cannot be counted towards more than one major or minor at WMU.

Requirements for WMU graduates

  • 30 hours in residency beyond the first degree, with a minimum of 152 hours.
  • Completion of all new major requirements, as well as all college, program and University requirements.
  • The second bachelor’s degree generally cannot be in the same discipline as the first degree. Students considering a second bachelor’s degree should speak with the Director of Advising in the college that would award the degree regarding degree requirements.

Requirements for non-WMU graduates

  • 30 hours in residency beyond the first degree.
  • Completion of new major requirements, as well as all college, program and University requirements.
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  • The second bachelor’s degree generally cannot be in the same discipline as the first degree. Students considering a second bachelor’s degree should speak with the Director of Advising in the College that would award the degree regarding degree requirements.

The process

You should apply a minimum of six months prior to the semester you plan to enroll. The priority application deadlines are August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. After these dates the Office of Admissions will work with students who complete their application files in time to enroll for the requested term. In some cases admission may be deferred to a subsequent term. Some colleges have a separate application process that is required for admission to the major. Be sure to review the appropriate department website for additional information and deadline dates.