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Why WMU

Western Michigan University. It's your turn to GRAB THE REINS.

Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction and fostering significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among only 76 public institutions in the nation with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation’s top-100 public universities. WMU is one of only 100 public colleges and universities to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honors society. At WMU, you will receive a high-quality education that will help you reach your goals and you will have a college experience that will give you the Western Edge.

Over 240 Academic Programs

WMU offers many program choices so you can get the degree you want from a university that goes above and beyond. If you’re determined to pursue one area of study, chances are WMU’s program in that area is nationally acclaimed. If you’re not quite sure what you want to study, there’s ample opportunity to explore. Either way, you’ll be challenged to excel beyond your expectations. Beyond our smart program choices, WMU offers many opportunities to enrich your education such as First-Year Experience, and Lee Honors College.

Endless Opportunities to Get Involved

Over 300 student groups, clubs and organizations means WMU offers opportunities for everyone to get involved. When you want to dive in to your passions, check out organizations like Campus Activities Board, fraternities, sororities, Campus Poetry Society, Western Student Association or West Michigan Gamers Guild. There are student groups for almost every discipline. Other on campus events and activities include NCAA D-1 Bronco athletics, intramural sports, Broadway performances, Bronco Bash, career fairs, homecoming, Miller movies and the student recreation center.

Vibrant Kalamazoo Community

One of the best features of WMU is Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo is the fifth largest city in Michigan and provides a vibrant backdrop for student life. Kalamazoo boasts an active downtown with shops, restaurants and plenty of festivals year-round. Students enjoy local recreation such as Climb Kalamazoo, skiing and biking trails. Searching for something new? Experience Kalamazoo’s live theatres, the Kalamazoo Ballet, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, one of the many art and history museums, K-wings hockey, Kingdom soccer, and don’t forget NCAA D-1 Bronco sports.

Commitment to Student Success

The staff and faculty have the best interest of students in mind. Many students choose WMU because of the faculty. WMU faculty members are passionate about the subjects they teach. Endless research opportunities lead by WMU faculty are available for undergraduate students to be involved in, making discoveries that will change the world. Need some help with a class? All faculty members hold office hours each week to meet with students one-on-one about their coursework while tutoring and supplemental instruction are available at no charge to all students.

Diverse Campus

In today’s global society, it is important that students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the world’s cultures. At WMU, students have access to over 70 study abroad programs in more than 30 countries around the world. In addition to the unique experience of studying abroad, a diverse campus community and a commitment to continue fostering diversity make WMU a great place to study. Offices such as the Division of Multicultural Affairs, the office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT) Student Services, and Disability Services for Students serve as information resources, provide support services, and promote a campus climate that affirms the academic and personal development of all students. The International Programs Council (IPC) is a student organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding at Western Michigan University. Kanley Chapel is a public inter-faith facility located at the heart of the WMU campus and represents the University's dedication and encouragement of personal and spiritual development.

Culture of Sustainability

WMU has found the balance between savoring the tradition and upgrading the facilities on campus so each student is provided a state of the art experience. It’s not about being a showcase; it’s about our culture of sustainability. From student energy reduction and recycling initiatives in our residence halls to our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified academic buildings WMU is leading the way in sustainability efforts. If that’s not enough, with 20 electric vehicle charging stations, WMU is the national leader for college campuses boasting EV charging resources.

Career Connections

You’re coming to WMU to leave career-ready. Each program of study has its own benefits and opportunities. No matter what your path, you can expect to find internships, co-ops, field studies and many other methods of applying what you’re learning to real life. It all adds up to a pretty impressive resume. WMU’s Career and Student Employment Services provides students with BroncoJobs, our student employment database. Over a dozen career fairs for students in all majors are held each year. Employers come from far and wide to recruit WMU students for jobs. One thing’s for sure, you’ll leave WMU prepared to take on the world.


To learn more about why students are choosing WMU, read about our Points of Pride.