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Western Michigan University is a public institution situated in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

141 Undergraduate Degrees
310 Graduate Degrees
$24,889 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
82% Acceptance Rate

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Western Michigan University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WMU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#120 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#177 Most Popular Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#52 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Most Popular Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#72 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#110 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#114 Most Popular Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#34 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#35 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#58 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#72 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#92 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Western Michigan University?

Location of Western Michigan University

Contact details for WMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200
Phone: 269-387-1000
Website: https://wmich.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wmich
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wmunews

How Do I Get Into WMU?

You can apply to WMU online at: https://wmich.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for WMU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WMU?

82% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
69% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 82%, WMU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to WMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 490 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 470 to 590 )
200
800
WMU received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 18 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Western Michigan University?

$24,889 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
7.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WMU is $24,889. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WMU, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,792 a year. That adds up to $31,168 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WMU is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Western Michigan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,558 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,051 undergraduate students at WMU, with 14,558 being full-time and 2,493 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WMU

There are also 4,419 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,558 full-time undergraduates at WMU, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Michigan University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WMU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 311
Black or African American 1,547
Hispanic or Latino 1,032
White 9,920
International Students 945
Other Races/Ethnicities 803

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Western Michigan University. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 94 countries are represented at WMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at Western Michigan University

1,236 Took All Classes Online
5,652 Took At Least One Class Online
6.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at WMU. In 2017-2018, 5,652 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WMU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Michigan University was 6.5%. This is the #1,122 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WMU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Educational Administration 14%
General Educational Leadership & Administration 11%
Technical Teacher Education 33%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Art Education #5
Science Education #11
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #24
Instructional Media Design #92
Educational/Instructional Technology #92
Teacher Education Subject Specific #135
General Educational Leadership & Administration #149
Educational Administration #183

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Michigan University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 53 0 53
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 0 0 45 0 45
Family & Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 5 0 23 0 28
Elementary Education 26 0 0 0 26
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 5 21 0 26
Music Education 23 0 0 0 23
General Special Education 0 1 16 4 21
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 4 17 0 21
Early Childhood Education 17 0 4 0 21
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 15 3 18
Science Education 5 0 10 1 16
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 1 13 0 14
Teacher Education 0 0 14 0 14
English & Language Arts Education 13 0 0 0 13
Mathematics Education 8 0 3 1 12
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 9 0 0 0 9
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 4 0 5 0 9
Technical Teacher Education 0 0 9 0 9
Health Education 8 0 0 0 8
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 0 0 0 7 7
Educational Evaluation & Research 0 0 4 3 7
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 0 0 6 6
Social Studies Education 6 0 0 0 6
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 0 0 5 0 5
Other Special Education & Teaching 0 0 5 0 5
Art Education 1 0 4 0 5
Spanish Education 4 0 0 0 4
History Education 3 0 0 0 3
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 3 0 3
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 0 0 2 0 2
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 2 0 0 0 2
Biology Education 2 0 0 0 2
Earth Science Teacher Education 2 0 0 0 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1 0 1
Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education 0 0 1 0 1
Other Education 0 0 1 0 1
Business Education 1 0 0 0 1
German Language Teacher Education 1 0 0 0 1
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 1 0 0 0 1
Administration of Special Education 0 0 0 0 0
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Other Educational Assessment, Evaluation, & Research 0 0 0 0 0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 0 0 0 0 0
Chemistry Education 0 0 0 0 0
French Language Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Geography Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Latin Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Physics Education 0 0 0 0 0
Social Science Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Technology Education 0 0 0 0 0
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 0 0 0 0 0
Secondary Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 141 11 274 25 451

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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