Community College Counselors

Thank you for the work you do to prepare your students for their transition from community college to Western Michigan University. The following resources may help you in working with prospective WMU transfer students.

Admission applications

Students may apply online or complete the paper application for admission.

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Application fee waiver

Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch or those who are experiencing financial difficulty may qualify to have their $40 application fee waived. Counselors can request a fee waiver for a student by attaching a letter to the student’s paper application.

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Application instructions

To prevent unnecessary delays, students are encouraged to read the application instructions before submitting their application for admission.

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Admission requirements

WMU reviews several key factors to determine admission for each individual student. A solid core of college level work is recommended for transfer students planning to enroll at Western Michigan University.

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Admitted student checklist

This helpful checklist provides information on next steps for students admitted to WMU.

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Compare WMU

Learn more about how WMU stacks up to other Michigan universities when it comes to academic quality and value.

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Early/Middle college

High school students who attend an early/middle college are invited to apply and enroll at WMU.

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Foster Youth Initiative

WMU offers unique scholarship and support opportunities for students who have aged out of the foster care system.

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Reverse transfer

Reverse transfer is an agreement between Western Michigan University and area community colleges that allows students to receive an associate degree by combining credits completed at WMU with credits earned at the community college.

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Transfer guides

Knowing how a course transfers for University credit or toward degree requirements is critical in planning a student’s transition. WMU has many resources available to help students create the transfer plan that will work best.

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Transfer housing

Western Michigan University is committed to help students find a home away from home at WMU through many on and off campus housing options. WMU offers various living options, including community, suite and apartment style rooms. The city of Kalamazoo also offers a variety of off campus housing options for students to choose from.

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Tuition and scholarships

Learn about WMU’s cost of attendance and other expenses. WMU offers need-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities. Learn what scholarships available for first-time transfer students through the Office of Admissions.

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Visit campus

Campus tours for prospective students and families are offered Monday through Saturday, including special days for transfer students. Tours include an admissions presentation and walking tour of WMU’s main campus.

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WMU academic contacts

Click here for our directory of advising contacts by academic college.

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Why WMU?

There are many reasons why students choose WMU. From the quality of the education students receive at a research-based university to the endless opportunities to get involved on campus, students find WMU to be the perfect fit.

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Your admissions connection

Find the WMU representative for your school and view our schedule of high school visits and college fairs.

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Transfer newsletter for counselors

The WMU Transfer Newsletter contains valuable information for community college counselors and staff. Click on an issue below to view or print the newsletter.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the e-newsletters, email mindy.swickrath@wmich.edu.