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Freshman Application to WMU

Step 2: Application instructions

Take a few minutes to read all of the following information before applying online. The small amount of time you take now to read and understand these instructions will ensure that you avoid processing delays while awaiting our decision.

Admissions criteria

Admission to the University is decided on an individual basis. The average WMU freshman has a 3.3 high school GPA and a 22 ACT score, but these numbers should not be viewed as minimum or cutoff points since students both above and below these averages are considered for admission. Your application is reviewed using a combination of these key factors: grade point average, ACT / SAT score, number and type of college prep courses, and trend of grades.

When to apply

Complete the application after your junior year of high school.

Social security information

Record your name as it appears on your social security card. The social security number is required to apply for federal tax credits, financial aid, and/or campus employment, but otherwise is optional. You will be assigned a WMU ID (WIN) number when admitted.


WMU may request additional documentation to verify an applicant's residency status. For more information, see residency policy.

Your intended major

You may be placed in a pre-curriculum and/or major (e.g., Pre-Aviation, Pre-Communication) at the time of admission if the program you are selecting has additional requirements for admission to be met after enrollment at the University.

If you are planning to pursue Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, or Pre-Medicine, review the list of acceptable majors to determine your intended major prior to completing the application. Choose one of these majors on the application; students elect the pre-professional option when meeting with an academic advisor.

If you are undecided on your major, you may choose University Curriculum, a program for students who wish to explore options before choosing a specific major. Please note that a coordinate major (a major taken in conjunction with another major) may not be selected at the time of admission. If you choose to elect a coordinate major, you will do so after you enroll.

Payment of your application fee

The non refundable $40 application fee must be paid online via credit card or by electronic check. Payments are processed by a secure server.

Providing your high school transcript

If you are a current high school student and your school uses Docufide to electronically send your transcript, your school may wish to use the eSSR (Electronic Secondary School Report) available through Docufide. If your school prefers, they may ask that you print our High School Verification Form. Either form is optional.

If you have taken the GED, arrange to have official scores sent directly to Admissions from the State Board of Education.

Test scores

WMU requires the ACT or SAT for admission. We recommend that you take the test in April or June of your junior year, or October or December of your senior year. When you register for the test, request that the scores be sent directly to WMU (ACT Code: 2066; SAT code: 1902). If you have been out of high school two or more years when you apply, the ACT or SAT may not be required.

email address

An email address is required on the application because it allows a simple and convenient way to contact you during the application process. (After admission, the University provides all students with a WMU email address which is used for important correspondence.) If you do not have an email address, you can obtain a free account online for this purpose, or you can print and use the paper application. PDF.

Checking your work and errors

The application uses a checklist to help you keep track of your progress during completion. After you submit the application you cannot return to change entries, so check your work carefully. If you find you've made an error afterwards, email or call (269) 387-2000 to request us to make the correction. In any case, do not submit a second application! This includes a change of entry date. We request that the student complete the application and that it not be entered by others, which helps avoid mistakes and delays.