Kalamazoo, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
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Reviews 1618 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in the residence halls was a great experience to connect to other first-year students.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are many options for nightlife at WMU for each students' preferences.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I absolutely love downtown Kalamazoo. Coming from the Chicago area, it was great to be near a small city.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a balance of chain restaurants as well as local restaurants.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been a lot of unsafe things happening around Kalamazoo the past semester, making many students feel less safe on campus and in the surrounding area.

4 College Junior

Computers: We have one computer lab that is open 24 hours a day, and that is a great resource for students.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are over 140 major programs at WMU, so there are a lot of options for students to choose from.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I personally do not partake in drugs, so I do not surround myself with people who do, or put myself in that environment. As for alcohol visibility, students can find parties if they want to, but can also have a great social life without having to involve themselves with alcohol or drugs.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Next year will be my first year living off campus, but the process has been great so far.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Out sports teams are pretty good at WMU, but the fan support is only mediocre. PJ Fleck has been working to change that this past year. Hopefully we see improvements in the next few years.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are dozens of off campus housing options for students. I am living off campus next year in a nearby apartment complex and I have heard nothing but great reviews about where I am living. They have great security and transportation for students without cars. The cost is also very reasonable. Some cons of living off campus may include the walking if no ride is available, or having to stay on campus all day until your classes are done because you have no ride. Almost anywhere students apply you can get accepted to live. They do not turn students away as long as they have a co-signer if needed. There are also many parking spots for people that live in the complex and they also have guests parking for your company. The school has many advertisements around campus and on their buses about their housing options off campus.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not too familiar with the Greek Life.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Rules are enforced highly in certain areas of our campus. Especially the Dorms because you are not allowed to have alcohol if you are under 21 in the dorms. Most parties end up being shut down also by cops by the end of the night.

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.

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4 College Freshman

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

2 people 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.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

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

3 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.

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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!

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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.


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Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
Grad Year
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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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