Kalamazoo, MI
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$23,262 ($9,982)
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Reviews 1605 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I feel the parking costs are way too high, some tickets are not reasonable at all, and sometimes parking spots are very difficult to get.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is so much diversity on campus! Everyone intermixes for the most part and branches out to other groups.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone at WMU, guys and girls, are very friendly! I would say people dress normal, but we do have a lot of diversity and different cultures around campus too.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: I think it's really great that WMU offers free transportation on campus for students

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: The snow this year has been terrible! But that's what you get in Michigan, I have lived here for all my life so I was expecting it. The long walks in the snow is what is bad.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: There is a very tough curriculum for the nursing program. It is very stressful because you are required to have a B in all your science classes

3 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had one yet, but I do know that it is fairly easy to get one at the local hospitals

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: there are many things to do around town!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: very small but that's what you expect when you have a dorm

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are only a few things that generally bother me about our strictness. 1- I once got a parking ticket for my plates being expired and it was wrote at 3 a.m and I actually had already purchased the new stickers they just weren't on yet. 2- noise in the dorms can be very annoying and not much is done about it at very late hours

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There is a repeal process that lets you apply for more aid if an unexpected event comes up that puts a financial stress on you and your family. So I applied for this after my sister had a serious injury including a ruptured spleen, internal bleeding, and huge medical bills but we were denied because it "wasn't a good enough reason".

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are often very slow. But overall I am just thankful that there are a decent amount that are available to students for printing.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in the Greek life, but I have friends who are. Everyone who I have talked to loves it and I have not seen anything negative about it.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Do not attend nightlife events

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: students are annoying and parking is horrible!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm not sure of the questions meaning.... Drug use and alcohol consumption is relevant, but I wouldn't say it was worse than any other public university.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Although the nightlife can be exciting, it makes living in the dorms Hell.... Don't expect to sleep in or go to bed early.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers provided are available in many buildings on campus. At any given time of day, computers are free and ready to use.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: For those who like to party there is always something. Local bars are great too. If you are not interested in partying you can always find something fun to do at the rec or Bernhard center or in downtown Kzoo! There'd something for everyone

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't know because I didn't apply

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of my classes are In the REC so I am surrounded by the most exciting things all day and the profs rock

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a lot of Weed off campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The better restaurants are downtown but you need a car to get there. The restaurants that are close to campus are your typical college restaurants; Wendy's, Pita Pit, Subway, a few Chinese places, and pizza joints. So the variety is there within walking distance for sure.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at WMU is tough and It costs $300.00 to park you vehicle at your dorm and maybe a few other lots. If your lot is full then oh well, and if you park somewhere else then parking services will find you in less than 3 minutes and fine you.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings that are getting older are being destroyed and rebuilt. Whats nice about the dorms is how close they are to all of the dining facilities. The best option is Henry Hall because of how close it is to all of the academic buildings and the dining facility is connected so you don't even have to step outside to grab some food. The worst option in my opinion is Valley III. It is the farthest away from the academic buildings and the dining facility is not as nice as the ones up closer to campus. The social atmosphere is great. Henry Hall is the Aviation House, so everyone that lives there are pilots and we all pretty much get along. Housing is based off of interests and a survey you take that dictates your cleanliness and personal habits. Every roommate that I have had I have had no problem with, so they do a very good job matching people together.

1 person found this useful Report

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Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
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Overall, Western Michigan University has a lot to offer, just like the Kalamazoo area has great things to discover. Western Michigan has a variety of academic programs designed to perfectly fit any student in any major. It's a place where you can be yourself—a place where you can easily balance academia and a social life. A university filled with friendly and diverse people, if you're looking for an unforgettable experience and memories to last a lifetime, then Western is the place to be.

The large university atmosphere can be intimidating, but generally classes don't go beyond 50 students. Also, the "big school" atmosphere is conducive for a lot of school spirit when it comes to athletics. You will always be able to spot students in Western gear as they travel from class to class around campus.

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