Kalamazoo, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
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4 College Junior

Facilities: I love Western Michigan University. They could revitalize old buildings more often instead of just tearing them down, but with that set aside WMU is a wonderfully accommodating school for all walks of life. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities for jobs within walking distance or jobs on campus for WMU. The night life is spectacular and downtown Kalamazoo which is only a short mile from campus has festivals almost every weekend.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities are as good as they should be for a college campus

5 College Junior

Facilities: There is plenty of opportunities/facilities to receive help on homework or just a quiet place to study on campus. That is one thing WMU cannot go wrong!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Quiet sometimes of the day. Busy sometimes. You have to find the right time.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is phenomenal. so many options


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 121st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 144th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 264th
    Best Student Centers
  • 315th
    Best Library
  • 769th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
Grad Year
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Western has some of the newest and most modern innovations inside and outside of the classroom, and the school is constantly in the process of constructing new buildings and/or improving on the older ones. Western has modern classrooms, the most up-to-date computer labs located all across campus, and a very well-stocked library.

When it comes to athletic facilities, the Student Recreation Center has brand-new workout equipment and is in very good condition. There are pools located in a few areas on campus, where open swim hours are always available. Facilities are cleaned daily, and the campus itself is well-maintained, with walkways and streets kept tidy. The University spent a lot of money on landscaping and sculptures, which can be seen all over campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,200 acres
Student Centers
The Bernhard Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Waldo Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Bernhard Center
  • Dorm lounges
  • Library
Bar on Campus
University Roadhouse is just a stone's throw away from Waldo Stadium on the WMU campus.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Biggby Coffee in the Bernhard Center
Movie Theater on Campus
There isn't a set movie theater on campus; however, new releases are played in the Miller Auditorium.
"Green" Initiatives
In February, there's a month-long competition called Eco-thon that's designed to teach students how to participate in sustainable practices, specifically electricity reduction and recycling.
Bronco Bash: Bronco Bash serves as a kind of "welcome back" to Western students. More than 400 student organizations, departments, and businesses participate, and live bands perform. It's a lot of fun.
Urban Legends
  • McCracken Hall is haunted.
  • There's a "W" engraved in the cement near the Waldo Library. Rumor has it, if you step on it, it will bring you bad luck in your classes for that semester.
Favorite Things To Do
Hanging out in the Bernhard Center
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Western Herald
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations fit for your major. Western also hosts a lot of social events and has a vibrant Greek life.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 70 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 36% I haven't been able to find one
  • 18% Student Recreation Center
  • 18% Library desk
  • 9% First-Year Experience Office
  • 9% Valley 2 Cafeteria
  • 9% Resident Assisstant

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Go to the gym
  • 15% Explore campus
  • 15% Hang out with friends in the dorms
  • 10% Rock Climbing
  • 10% Going to the open art talks and exhibits
  • 5% Walk around Gilmore

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 10 responses

  • 31% The Bernhard Center
  • 25% Dorm lounges
  • 25% Library
  • 12% Dorms
  • 6% Sangren Fountain

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 10 responses

  • 62% Bronco Bash
  • 19% Miller Shows
  • 12% Theatre performances
  • 6% Tailgating

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 17% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 82 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 40% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 29% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 82 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 40% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Cafeteria worker
  • 20% They all are legit
  • 0% Student ambassador

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% Not stepping on the "W" by the library.
  • 9% Every time a virgin graduates, a brick falls off.



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