Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Established in 1903 by Dwight B. Waldo, Western Michigan University, or WMU, is a public university in the United States. WMU's main campus is spread across an area of more than 1,200 acres and comprises more than 140 buildings. The university offers over 250 degrees in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Graduate College
  • Haworth College of Business
  • Lee Honors College

WMU's official mascot is Buster Bronco and the university's sports teams are nicknamed the Broncos. They compete in the Mid-American Conference.

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Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo , MI 49008-5167
General Phone: (269) 387-3530

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Western Michigan University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching1,177educational administration, special ed administration, educational supervision, higher education administration, superintendency and administration, educational admin and supervision, instructional media design, educational research, educational assessment and evaluation, ...
Business and Management1,150business, business management, logistics, non-profit management, electronic commerce, business administration, accounting, finance, financial planning, ...
Liberal Arts565African-American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Latin language, English, English composition, creative writing, ...
Therapy and Counseling333psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, social psychology, school psychology, substance abuse counseling, marriage and family therapy, mental and social health services, ...
Engineering301aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, various engineering courses, ...
Media273communication studies, media studies, journalism, organizational communications, advertising, public relations and advertising, communication and journalism
Family and Social Work260family systems, child development, public administration, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy211parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer, occupational therapy, dietetics and clinical nutrition
Science171biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, hydrology and water resources, geological and earth sciences, physics
Transportation138commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Computer Science and Engineering121computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Security and Law Enforcement114criminal justice and safety, criminology
Medical Support and Technology112health service and sciences, audiology, speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, physician assistant
Music75music, music performance, music theory and composition, piano, voice, jazz, music pedagogy, various music studies
Medical Administration61health care administration, health and medical administrative
Design53industrial design, interior design, graphic design
Construction Trades53apparel and textiles
Nursing and Emergency Medicine49registered nursing
Art Studies40art studies, arts management
Photography and Commercial Art39film and photography
Religion and Philosophy38philosophy, general philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts29dance, dance courses, theatre design, theater history and criticism, acting
Mathematics29mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Fine Arts28fine arts, art history and criticism
Engineering Technician20construction engineering tech, engineering technician
Mechanics and Repair15avionics maintenance
Hospitality8travel services
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies
Real Estate and Construction Management2construction management

Number of programs and degrees for Western Michigan University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,046135
Master's degree1,27881
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship10532
Postbaccalaureate certificate376
Doctor's degree - professional practice61

Western Michigan University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Michigan University had a total enrollment of 24,433 students (21,789 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 76%
Graduate 24%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 7%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 26%
20-21 27%
22-24 23%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Western Michigan University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 33 %

Western Michigan University Room and Board (2007)

Western Michigan University offers campus housing for 5,679 of its 21,789 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Kalamazoo, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Western Michigan University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Western Michigan University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,928
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,420
Room and board $ 7,377
Books and supplies $ 944
Other expenses $ 3,132

Financial Aid:
Western Michigan University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 233000)

Western Michigan University Faculty

Western Michigan University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year16$70,79714$70,835
Assistant professorcalendar year3$65,7735$60,513
Instructorcalendar year17$55,4238$38,561
All faculty totalcalendar year38$66,87228$61,056

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year224$98,23885$85,058
Associate professoracademic year180$74,398111$68,048
Assistant professoracademic year85$57,58593$54,323
Instructoracademic year15$41,39634$41,757
All faculty totalacademic year504$81,176323$65,805

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Western Michigan University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-American Conference
Basketball Mid-American Conference
Baseball Mid-American Conference
Track Mid-American Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4977126

Western Michigan University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Development
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Science, General
Marketing, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Dance, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research, Other
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
Geography Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Structural Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family Systems
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Government and Politics (United States)
Applied Economics
Creative Writing
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International/Global Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Organizational Communication, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Physician Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Social Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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