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Reviews 1943 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Love the feel of downtown, has such an array of rich history and cool buildings

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Have yet to experience it but from the stories I hear, the night life must be great

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness can be unfair at times, but most days it is pretty good

4 College Senior

Scholarships: It's really easy to get financial aid at western. Apply on fafsa, and if you qualify, you receive your aid about two weeks before classes start. The refund process is really smooth as well. I have no complaints.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Overall, I love Western. It's big enough to feel like a real university, and small enough so that you don't get lost. The curriculum is great. The whole experience is great. I went to a private christian school before, so western is a breath of fresh air.

College Senior

Overall Experience: Honestly, I'm not really sure about the value of a degree from here. I've only heard one story, and it was a really successful one, but that's just ONE story.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Okay, the clubs in Kalamazoo are terrible. They play music that no one likes, and the locals are crazy and violent. Also, there aren't many to choose from.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: You'll notice that I think all universities are virtually the same in michigan. I've visited quite a few thanks to my friends. That said, I think most michigan colleges have decent enough food for the students to not feel like starving themselves. It's not your mother's cooking, but it isn't trash either. It's hot, satisfying, and, if you choose the right foods, fairly healthy. Now I think the prices are a little obscene, but that's America for you. The best dining hall is Bistro 3. It's new, so all the food there is a little more upscale.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Like any university, Western has a variety of people on its campus. On a more general scale, guys and girls are decent to look at, and fairly nice. I can't really describe the dress code since everyone dresses so differently...Social life is kind of lame. Western is known for parties but after a while the constant partying becomes mundane. There really isn't much to do outside of that. I will say that our students LOVE greek life. Everyone wants to be part of a fraternity or sorority. As far as dating, there is no privacy at Western. Since the school is so small, everyone knows who's dating who, and that gets to be especially annoying and dramatic. Overall, I think Western is just like every other michigan college on a social scale.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is kind of limited, given that Kalamazoo is a pretty small city. We have normal things like Apple Bees and Qdoba. The cost of these restaurants are the same as anywhere, so it isn't too expensive to eat out once in a while. Still. most places are easy to get to because everything is fairly close to campus. Student discounts vary from place to place. Some places have great discounts; others, not so much. I think the best place to visit is probably University Roadhouse. That's my favorite.

4 College Senior

Academics: Western offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that are clearly and thoroughly explained online. The curriculum is good, although I don't care for the grading system ( 80% = C). They also hire amazing professors (more or less), and have an easy online registration process that takes maybe 20 minutes to do. Overall, Western is a great school in my opinion.

5 College Senior

Academics: Communications is in the college of arts and sciences, and I love it. The workload is heavy, but not too burdensome, and the curriculum is very hands on. You are not simply taught at. You are provided (through classes and internships) the opportunity to put everything you learn about communicating into action. The grading system is the same throughout the university, and as I said before, I am not a fan of it. Still, all of our facilities are updated and clean, with fairly small classes and a lot of available assistance.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: While Western administration is very strict about things like drugs and cheating, everything is still pretty fair for both the students and administration. For example, as long as students are over 21, and are not drinking in public spaces, authority figures will not interfere. Students can still have fun. But like anything else, if students cross the line and are too obnoxious, causing harm to themselves or others, or supplying alcohol to underaged students, there are some pretty extreme consequences. Western is that way with just about everything. If students act with respect,integrity, and common sense, then administration is pretty relaxed.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's michigan. Don't expect the best food. But there are some amazing breweries sprouting up and serving up some great dishes!

4 College Junior

Facilities: Really nice rec center! Gym with a pool and racquetball courts!

College Junior

Campus Strictness: Do not live on campus. Parking sucks but just pay attention to the signs where you can park a mile away from class.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm extremely happy with having a 90% graduate school acceptance rate with my degree at western. Really make sure we are ready for our careers and futures.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Classes are big but not too big. Largest is at 250 but I've also been in a 360 course with 35. Depends on the class and major.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't see or hear much of it at all there. Not one incident I can recall for two years maybe.

4 College Junior

Majors: Easy and seriously bio majors have an amazing academic advisor!!

4 College Junior

Diversity: I love the campus for it's diversity! I've met amazing people from all walks of life at WMU.

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't go out by campus.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live in campus housing.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Hockey. It's all about the hockey. There are dedicated fan groups, tee-shirts, hats, etc. School spirit is outrageous, no matter if we win or lose. Everyone looks forward to hockey season here, it's a great way to blow off some mid-semester steam.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are a number of bars and micro brewery's near my college. Everything from dive bars to rooftop clubs and beer gardens. Many students prefer to drink at one of the brewery's for a few quality beers rather than have large over the top parties. Downtown always has a variety of beer festivals and bands playing so there is always something to do if you need to unwind, but not go crazy.


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Eric DiManno
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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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