Academics

Location
Kalamazoo, MI
Undergrads
16,303
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Many of the professors I had during my freshman year didn't seem as thrilled, but now that I'm a junior, I'm able to better understand that professors are people so they can't possibly all be the same. As I got into my major, the curriculum became so much more interesting. Advisers are helpful and resourceful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: There are so many resources for my major. I am able to make connections through my professors with opportunities that go from local to international educational and professional experience. There are offices that extend help to all majors and they are able to give information that pertains to that major with solid relevance.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The business and engineering college is very known at western. We are one of the top aviation colleges as well as known for paper engineering. The workload is hard but in order to be the best it's going to take some work and dedication.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I like how it is a very selective major, but everyone is interested in it. Anyone and everyone are very easy to talk to about this topic. Plus, on top of it all, the aviation industry will be booming and it is an amazing field to get into. The professor's know the material because they have been there first hand and really push us to get out into the field and network, network, network.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 106th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 137th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 214th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 342nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 430th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Hometown
Sterling Heights
Major
Creative Writing
Grad Year
2012
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Western has a great variety of majors and academic programs, and is most particularly noted for its engineering and aviation programs. In fact, the University is one of very few schools in the nation that offers aviation as a major. The Haworth College of Business, one of the largest business schools in the United States, is among the top business schools in the state, as well as in the nation; Haworth is also one of the most elite business schools worldwide, in that it's accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.

As a larger school, most people may be concerned with class sizes being too large; however, there are very few classes at Western that are large and lecture hall-based. The majority of classes has between 30 and 50 students. For most classes, attendance is required, with only three excused absences being allowed. There are a lot of internship opportunities available, as well. The difficulty of classes varies greatly, depending on the major.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
868
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
538
Total FT Faculty
882
Faculty with Terminal Degree
78%
Average Faculty Salary
$80,092
Full-Time Retention Rate
73%
Part-Time Retention Rate
44%
Transfer-Out Rate
32%
Graduation Rate
56%
Programs/Majors Offered
189
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 36%
  • 20 to 49 students: 53%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Haworth College of Business
  • Lee Honors College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Western cultures
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • U.S. culture
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online classes are available; however, they are a bit more expensive per credit hour compared to standard classes.
Best Places to Study
Waldo Library
Tips to Succeed
Get as involved as you can. The more activities you do, the more friends you will meet. You get out what you put in.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 83 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 50% Tim Allen - actor, comedian
  • 33% Terry Crews-actor and former NFL player
  • 11% Luther Vandross - singer
  • 6% Stephen Lynch - comedian
  • 0% Josh Gracin - "American Idol" finalist
  • 0% Laurence Spitters - founder of Memorex
  • 0% Brooke Elliott - actress
  • 0% Bruce Campbell - actor

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 83 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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