Academics

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

Academics: Wonderful array of classes and major/minor options. WMU offers many grad programs as well! The registration is outlined well on the website and is given a seniority sign up at first. This means the more credits and the longer you have been here, the better choices you have.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's extremely difficult, and it should be. Nursing isn't a joke, and just like ever job in healthcare, people's lives are at stake. The program is tough and exclusive to weed out the individuals that do not want to put all of their effort into learning, or those in which healthcare is not the most ideal career.

5 College Junior

Academics: I think WMU is very helpful, from my personal experience i have received nothing but the best and so much effort into helping me further myself

3 College Junior

Academics: its okay as in the classes, its just so much biology and chemistry gotta put in the work in order to do well

4 College Freshman

Academics: The university maintains a high level of academic integrity and prioritize student achievement and workforce preparedness. Teaching is one of the primary focus areas of the university's mission and there is a rich tradition of rigorous standards. The professors are dedicated.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 83 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 48% Tim Allen - actor, comedian
  • 29% Terry Crews-actor and former NFL player
  • 6% Josh Gracin - "American Idol" finalist
  • 6% Luther Vandross - singer
  • 6% Stephen Lynch - comedian
  • 3% Bruce Campbell - actor
  • 0% Laurence Spitters - founder of Memorex
  • 0% Brooke Elliott - actress

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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