Student Services

Western Michigan University provides resources to help you succeed inside and outside the classroom. Below are some of the many resources you can use to make the best of your college experience.

Academics

Students studying.

  • Academic advising is available to help you make solid progress toward graduation. Advisors in each academic college will assist you in meeting all curricular requirements by helping you choose required courses and electives.
  • The Academic Resource Center provides you with academic support to promote success in your coursework at WMU. Services are provided at no cost to enrolled students and include content tutoring, supplemental instruction, college success seminars and effective reading seminars.
  • Exploratory advising is the temporary advising home for freshmen and sophomores who have not yet selected a major. Advisors help you explore academic programs and possible careers to help you declare your major by sophomore year.
  • Extended University Programs offers learning opportunities accessible to students in all stages of life. This office manages online education offered through WMU as well as seven WMU regional sites. The Lifelong Learning Academy offers learning experiences for those who have already completed their education but are interested in learning more about enriching educational topics.Main hall of Waldo library.
  • Faculty office hours are provided by each faculty member teaching a course at WMU. During these times, professors are available to meet one-on-one to answer your questions and discuss course information.
  • The Registrar’s Office is available to help you succeed, from registering for classes to requesting transcripts and preparing for graduation. Visit the Registrar’s website to view the academic calendar, the course registration schedule, or to request transcripts.
  • The Writing Center provides free writing assistance for undergraduate and graduate students. If you want to improve your writing, you can do so through one-to-one writing instruction offered, most often, on an appointment basis.
  • Waldo Library holds nearly five million articles for your use. Four floors of resources are available to you, including group study rooms, a rare books room and a map room. Interlibrary loan and online databases also are available to you free of charge.

Activities and organizations

  • Veteran students posing for photo.Air Force Reserve Officer’s Training Corps is available for WMU students through Michigan State University and is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become an Air Force officer while earning a degree. After successfully completing the program, you will be commissioned second lieutenants and will begin serving as an officer in leadership roles of increasing responsibility and importance in the active duty Air Force.
  • Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps was established to select and prepare qualified students to serve as officers in the Regular Army, National Guard or Army Reserve. The WMU Army ROTC Bronco Battalion is consistently ranked among top ROTC programs in the nation. You may also may compete for full tuition scholarships.
  • The Bernhard Center is the student union at WMU and serves as a vibrant community center for campus life. Students gather at the Bernhard Center to visit the bookstore, socialize, study, have a meal or to enjoy entertainment.
  • Miller Auditorium is located on the WMU campus and is the third largest theater in Michigan. Miller provides enrichment through the performing arts for WMU and Southwest Michigan. With musicals such as Wicked and Jersey Boys, comedians like Jeff Foxworthy and Demetri Martin, and artists like Taylor Swift and Ludacris, Miller offers something for everyone. As a WMU student, you will receive 50 percent off tickets to shows at Miller Auditorium.
  • Students posing with Buster Bronco.Student Activities and Leadership Programs has a mission to enhance student learning and leadership development by engaging students in educationally purposeful and diverse co-curricular experiences.
  • Student organizations are a great way to get involved on campus. Over 350 student organizations are available at WMU including fraternities, sororities, community service, religious, sports, recreational and professional organizations. A great way to preview all the student organizations on campus is at Bronco Bash, the largest collaboration of student and community organizations, which happens on campus each fall.
  • Study abroad is an experience that can greatly enhance your education by raising geographical and cultural awareness. More than 500 WMU students participate annually in study abroad programs in over 40 countries. Programs are available for undergraduates and graduates in a broad spectrum of disciplines for an academic year, one semester or short-term summer program. Students in any major can find programs suited for them.

Athletics and fitness

  • The Student Recreation Center is the largest recreation center in the Mid-American Conference and is free to WMU students with their Bronco ID card. With over 100 exercise machines, indoor courts, a pool and sauna, aerobics rooms and a rock climbing wall, you will find fun ways to stay active. Personal training and group exercise opportunities are available.
  • Soccer students posing for photo.Intercollegiate athletics is home to our WMU athletic teams. WMU is a Division 1A school and competes in the Mid-American Conference. You can attend most on-campus sporting events for free with your Bronco ID card. If you want to try out for a varsity team, you can contact the coaches to learn more about this process.
  • Club teams and intramural sports are available to for you to join. Club teams are open to students who want to travel and compete against other schools in sports like lacrosse, rugby and eSports. Intramural sports are played between teams of WMU students and staff and include sports like softball, flag football, and basketball.

Careers and internships

  • Career and Student Employment Services helps you learn how to plan for your career from the moment you step onto WMU's campus through graduation and beyond. Career and Student Employment Services also manages the WMU student employment database, Handshake, and holds over a dozen job fairs on campus each year. Opportunities are available for help with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, career placement testing, career exploration and more. A business bronco shaking hands.
  • Handshake is an online database of internships and job openings across the country. The database allows WMU students and alumni to find jobs in their career fields and regions. Employers post new positions daily.
  • The Business Career Center is located in Schneider Hall through the Haworth College of Business. It is available to business students interested in career education and development, employment services and networking opportunities. Interviews are held on-site with employers recruiting WMU students.
  • Internships are a valuable part of the college experience. Most often, internships are best sought and monitored through advisors or directors of your specific department or program. Many majors or fields of study require internships for graduation. For help finding the right internship placement, please visit Handshake or see an academic advisor.

Health and safety

  • Counseling services helps students deal effectively with personal concerns that inhibit emotional well-being, academic performance and success.
  • The WMU Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure environment at WMU. The WMU Police Department is available to help students at all times, with two patrol cars available around the clock and over 100 emergency call boxes on campus. Free vehicle and walking escort services are also available for students.
  • Student having blood pressure checked.Sindecuse Health Center is the primary medical care center at WMU. Sindecuse physicians and physician assistants treat a wide variety of medical conditions and provide routine physical exams. Sindecuse also provides health related services, such as bystander intervention training and health education programs for the campus community.
  • Sindecuse Pharmacy is the Sindecuse Health Center's full service pharmacy, providing a complete range of prescription medications and a number of over-the-counter, non-prescription items at affordable prices. Contact Sindecuse Pharmacy at (269) 387-3301.

Housing and dining

  • Dining services offers many dining options designed to provide healthy food choices to the WMU community. It also features locally grown produce and accommodates all dietary restrictions. Six dining halls and six campus cafes are dispersed across campus and accept a number of flexible payment options.
  • Student doing laundry.On-campus apartments, such as the Western View, offer students a different lifestyle than the residence halls. On-campus apartments provide you with the best of both worlds: residing on the WMU campus near important resources, yet enjoying the independence of apartment-style living.
  • Residence life helps you establish a home at WMU through personal development, civic engagement and learning. WMU offers various living options, including community, suite and apartment style rooms. Visit the Residence Life website for virtual tours of the residence halls and to view a student housing contract.
  • Living learning communities are offered by Residence Life for those who are interested in living closely with others of the same major or interests. This type of housing is provided to help students with similar skills collaborate and succeed. Examples include fine arts, engineering, business, and honors communities.

Information technology

  • Computer labs Western Michigan University offers more than 2,000 computers for students to use. The main computer labs on campus are located in the Bernhard Center and the University Computing Center. Additional labs are operated by the academic colleges and departments and often have specialized software for specific disciplines. Students working in a computer lab.
  • Printing is available in all computer labs on campus. You can print up to 500 pages per semester at no charge.
  • Inside Buster’s in the Bernhard Center, is WMU's technology store, providing computer hardware and software. They also offer computer repair services by calling (269) 387-5460.
  • The Help Desk, located in the University Computing Center, provides technical support such as anti-virus software, email, classroom technology, as well as computer, laptop and mobile device support. The Help Desk also offers a mobile help desk that provides similar support within the residence halls. Students may call (269) 387-4357 for technical support over the phone.
  • Wireless internet access is available for students and guests throughout the entire Western Michigan University campus.

New students

The Office of Student Transitions is dedicated to providing guidance and support to new Broncos and their families for a successful beginning at WMU. Student transitions coordinates New Student Orientation, Fall Welcome, and First-Year Seminar opportunities that empower students to thrive at WMU.

Parents and families

  • The Office of Family Engagement at Western Michigan University believes parents and families are valuable partners in our student's educational progress. Services and programs are designed to help support a student’s growth, personal development and overall success, beginning as a prospective student and continuing throughout the years to graduation. A family posing with Buster Bronco.
  • The WMU Children's Place Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited early childhood learning center that offers flexible child care options for students, faculty, staff and community members. The center partners with the WMU College of Education and Human Development to provide high quality, professional care appropriate to each child's development.
  • The WMU Family Connection is a free service through the Office of Family Engagement designed to connect parents, guardians and other family members of students to the WMU community. As a member, you will receive emails and newsletters with information about how families can help students to succeed, along with invitations to special seminars, activities and events.

Residency

  • The Residency Policy at Western Michigan University recently changed. Undergraduate degree seeking students, who begin enrollment effective with the Summer 1 2017 semester or later, will have their residency status determined at the time of admission and it will remain the same throughout the student’s enrollment at Western Michigan University. For questions, contact wmu-residency@wmich.edu or call (269) 387-2366.

Support services

  • Disability Services for Students provides support services and considerations for students with disabilities. With proper documentation, DSS can provide resources and support with classroom accommodations and advocacy for institutional accommodations.
  • Division of Multicultural Affairs serves as an information resource on the role and value of diversity in education for WMU, and for the greater Kalamazoo communities. DMA holds events and programs that promote cultural awareness and provide student support. It is home to student learning and development opportunities like the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy and pre-college initiatives such as GEAR UP and Upward Bound.
  • Expo booth.Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender student services mission is to promote an open and affirming environment on campus through advocacy and education. LBGT Student Services offers education, resources and activities about gender identity/expression and sexual orientation to the WMU community, collaborating with registered student organizations and members of WMU and local community agencies.
  • Military and Veterans Affairs is here to provide Veterans, Service Members and family members of Veterans with guidance and mentorship in a variety of areas. These areas include academic support, information about benefits and answers to questions regarding WMU or the Veteran's Administration.
  • Transfer Student Services is a student-centered office aiding a successful transition to Western Michigan University for students coming from other institutions. The office seeks to effectively enhance the academic success of the transfer student population.

Transportation

  • Bronco Transit is the bus system for students available at no additional charge. Students present their Bronco ID Cards to bus drivers and ride any route throughout the WMU campus. Students can track Bronco Transit buses using the real-time GPS system. Bronco transit bus.
  • Kalamazoo Metro Transit is available free to WMU students. Metro Transit provides fixed-route public transit service to the greater Kalamazoo area, consisting of the cities of Kalamazoo, Portage and Parchment and the townships of Comstock, Cooper, Kalamazoo, Texas and Oshtemo.
  • Parking services is an important office for students bringing vehicles to campus. All students, including freshmen, may to bring their vehicles to campus if they wish but must register these vehicles. Parking passes for on-campus lots are available for purchase.