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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
Founded in 1903, Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university. It is a premier student-centered, research-intensive institution, one of the nation's 60 largest universities. Its 26,000 students come from every corner of the globe, including almost 100 other nations. Nearly one fourth of WMU's students pursue degrees in one of the university's 65 master's or 25 doctoral degree programs. Among the diverse areas in which WMU enjoys an international reputation for research and teaching are medieval studies, graph theory, blind rehabilitation, aviation and experimental atomic physics. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Aviation, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, and Health and Human Services, and the Division of Continuing Education. Its 504-acre campus is located in Kalamazoo, 145 miles from Detroit.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 18,313
   Women 9,070 (49.5%)
   Men 9,243 (50.5%)
Graduate Students 4,939
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 82% of 13,613 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.33
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
19-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $24,368
Out-of-state: $39,726
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $11,493
Out-of-state: $26,851
  Room and Board $9,561
Average Percent of Need Met 80%
Average Freshman Award $15,083
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 946
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Kalamazoo Population 75,548
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 88% of freshmen, 27% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Buster Bronco
Sororities 7.9% of women participate
Fraternities 7% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.9% Asian
13.1% Black/African-American
5.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.1% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students 3.9% from 63 countries
First-Year Students Returning 78.6%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 21.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 64%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported