Western Michigan University

Overview

Western Michigan University is one of the most highly-regarded public institutions in the Midwest. It is located slightly west of Kalamazoo city centre. A pharmaceutical and life sciences hub, Kalamazoo, which is the birthplace of Gibson Guitars and Bell’s Brewery, was previously nicknamed Celery City for its tradition of celery farming.

Founded in 1903, WMU now offers around 250 degree programmes across seven colleges. 

One of the largest universities in the region, it owns more than 1,250 acres of land and has a large student intake. It also has its own aviation campus at W.K. Kellogg Airport in nearby Battle Creek.

WMU is 70 miles south east of state capital Lansing and 140 miles east of Detroit, and has campuses in both. It also has a presence in four more Michigan cities: Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor and Traverse City. Lake Michigan is 40 miles east of the university, and Chicago, Illinois is 140 miles away.

Legendary singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, Tim Allen, the actor who voiced Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story and Loretta Long, who played Susan Robinson on Sesame Street, are all WMU alumni.

Tuition & Finances

Est. Cost of Attendance Budget: Michigan Residents

2020-21 estimated tuition and fees are based on the flat rate tuition policy of 12-15 credit hours per semester on main campus for undergraduate and graduate resident and non-resident students. 
PLEASE NOTE: These rates do not apply to students in the Haworth College of Business, College of Engineering & Applied Sciences and College of Fine Arts. Visit the Registrar's website to view ALL rates and fees. 

2020-21 EST. COST OF ATTENDANCE BUDGET

Undergraduate
Resident On/Off Campus
 Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
Tuition and Fees$3,095$13,380$3,095
Housing and Meals$2,707$10,826$2,707
Books$274$1,095$274
Travel$242$966$242
Loan Fees$9$37$9
Other$374$1,496$374
TOTAL$6,701$27,800$6,701
Graduate
Resident On/Off Campus
 Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
Tuition and Fees$2,244$9,348$2,244
Housing and Meals$2,707$10,826$2,707
Books$164$655$164
Travel$548$2,191$548
Loan Fees$54$216$54
Other$475$1,899$475
TOTAL$6,192$25,135$6,192

 2019-20 estimated tuition and fees are based on an average of upper and lower level student costs. 

2019-20 EST. COST OF ATTENDANCE BUDGET

Undergraduate
Resident On/Off Campus
 Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
Tuition and Fees$3,239$13,571$3,239
Housing and Meals$2,560$10,240$2,560
Books$247$987$247
Travel$242$967$242
Loan Fees$9$37$9
Other$374$1,496$374
TOTAL$6,671$27,298$6,671
Graduate
Resident On/Off Campus
 Summer IIFall and SpringSummer I
Tuition and Fees$2,120$9,055$2,120
Housing and Meals$2,560$10,240$2,560
Books$164$655$164
Travel$548$2,191$548
Loan Fees$54$216$54
Other$475$1,899$475
TOTAL$5,921$24,256$5,921

Academic Programs

  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
  • Education

    • Education
  • Social sciences

    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
    • Geography
  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Business & Management
  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Life sciences

    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Facts & Figures

  • Western Michigan University owes its roots to the College of Education and Human Development. Founded in 1903 as a teacher’s college, WMU has grown into an internationally regarded higher education institution while maintaining a strong commitment to training teachers and school administrators.
  • The college's teaching internship program, the School University Partnership Team, is among the best in the country. In 2006-07, the nation's largest professional association for teacher education recognized WMU for its student teaching program, citing it as "exemplary."
  • In September 2008, the Michigan Legislature approved a capital outlay bill that included $11.7 million for the first phase of a major renovation to Sangren Hall, the home of the college’s teacher preparation programs. Sangren Hall is the University’s largest and most heavily used classroom building.
  • The college has great outreach, providing about 55 percent of all programming at the seven WMU regional locations located throughout the state of Michigan. Additionally, the college offers both a graduate certificate and master’s degree program in educational technology that are available completely online.
  • The college has “continuation agreements” with five Michigan community colleges. The agreements allow community college students with a two-year degree to seamlessly transfer to WMU and complete their bachelor’s degree.
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