Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students for their transition from high school to college. The following resources are designed to help you when working with prospective Western Michigan University students.
UPDATES FROM ADMISSIONS
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how to apply
The priority application deadline for first-time freshman scholarship consideration is November 1*.
The first-time freshman application deadline for the Main Campus in Kalamazoo is June 1*.
*Deadline is extended to next business day if published date occurs over the weekend.
WMU freshman admission criteria includes GPA, ACT or SAT score, high school curriculum and trend in grades. WMU does not require an essay or letters of recommendation. However, there is a section within the application for students to briefly share information regarding performance in high school that may be influential to our holistic review process.
Admitted student checklist
This helpful checklist provides information on next steps for students admitted to WMU.
Application fee waiver
A counselor or other school official may request an Admission Application Fee Waiver for a student who meets an indicator of economic need, such as those eligible for free or reduced lunch, to have the student's $40 application fee waived. Waivers may be sent using the online form or paper waiver document. Completed paper waivers may be sent to WMU via mail, fax, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once processed by the Office of Admissions, the identified student will receive a fee waiver code to the email address used on the request form or on their admission application. The student must enter the code and click submit to complete their application. WMU application fee waiver codes are only valid for applications submitted via the Gold Gateway account (WMU online application).
Current high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area may apply to dual enroll at WMU. Dual enrollment advising is available through the Office of Pre-College Programming.
High school students who attend an early/middle college are invited to apply and enroll at WMU. Early/middle college graduates are considered beginners with advanced standing and should apply as a first-year student. They will be able to indicate enrollment in an early/middle college as part of the application.
Foster Youth Initiative
WMU offers unique scholarship and support opportunities for students who have aged out of the foster care system.
WMU Visit Programs
The best way for a student to experience WMU is to visit campus... multiple times! WMU offers visit opportunities throughout the year and targeted programming to assist throughout each stage of a student's college-search process.
School counselors, advisors and extracurricular groups seeking to explore the University together are encouraged to schedule a special group tour. WMU can accommodate up to 100 students a day from sixth to twelfth grade and also has opportunities for transfer student groups. Requests may be made through our Campus Visit Center by calling (269) 387-2289.
Experience first-hand what it means to be a Bronco. Tours begin with a presentation, followed by a student-led exploration of student-centered spaces, dining facilities, residence halls and classrooms. Open to all prospective students and their families. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and most Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Kick-off the college search process by attending this special program targeted to high school juniors. Students will hear tips and tricks for navigating admissions applications, managing costs and expectations of senior year. Students should attend during the spring of their junior year.
High school seniors are encouraged to attend one of our fall open house events. Students will dive deeper into academic programs and campus life, hear highlights from various departments, visit with professors, advisors, and current students, discover how WMU can help them land their dream job and submit any official documents to complete their admission application.
Open to all admitted high school seniors as an opportunity to complete all next steps for enrollment in one day. Events are hosted in the spring of the student's senior year.
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