Admission to WMU is determined on an individual basis. Applications are reviewed using a combination of these key factors:
- Grade point average
- ACT or SAT score
- Number and types of college preparatory courses
- Trend of grades
The average WMU freshman has a 3.41 cumulative high school GPA on a 4-point scale and a 23 ACT or 1070 old SAT/1140 redesigned SAT composite score. However, these numbers should not be viewed as minimum requirements. Students with scores both above and below these averages are considered for admission.
When reviewing a student’s trend of grades, a positive trend from freshman year through the time of application shows potential for success at the college level. Good academic performance during senior year is the bridge to a successful first year at WMU. Final high school transcripts are required and will be reviewed to confirm admission.
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.
High school recommendations
We strongly recommend high school students take a rigorous college preparatory curriculum prior to enrolling at WMU. The base core includes:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of mathematics (through second year algebra)
- 3 years of natural sciences (at least two years of biology, chemistry or physics)
- 3 years of social sciences
- 2 years of the same foreign language
A solid core in these subjects will best prepare students for college level work and provide the broadest possible range of academic choices. Students graduating from a Michigan high school are expected to meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.