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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My degree is piano performance, so I meet with an applied professor each week for regular lessons on my playing and approach. My professor always has an attitude of improving my understanding of music, and of keeping myself healthy and happy as well. His knowledge, skill, and experience in my chosen field is incredible, and I am very pleased with how I was taught throughout my first year. Almost every other professor that I have had for classes was both an excellent musician and teacher, and made the course material engaging and challenging on an individual level.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: When I was feeling quite depressed near the end of the second semester, I confided in my Resident Assistant, who quickly put me in contact with Student Affairs. They were extremely sincere about aiding me, and in keeping me safe and healthy. I feel very content and protected on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Draper, the fine arts hall, is located very conveniently about 5 min away from Dalton Center, the main music building. The atmosphere is moderately social at Draper, though it is noisy at times, being the primary dorms for the first year music students. The campus overall is very well kept, and a good amount of vegetation (trees, grass, shrubbery, flowers) makes it quite bucolic as well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first year at Western Michigan University improved my people skills the most. Students in the music program can build a connection that no other programs offer. Musicians from all years are constantly striving to improve each other and themselves through discovering and performing music together, and the professors are as much musicians as they are teachers. The entire community promotes creating healthy bonds both musically and socially among the students and staff.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone is friendly and caring.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: it's really easy to get around at western. The nightlife is okay, it can be great if you know the right people.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: fratville is the place to go for a party. Campus court as well, anything smaller you would have to know someone, that's why it's important to get to know people.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Western has like 80 different programs to go into, which is something for everyone.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus in the dorms for even one year weren't all that great. I didn't care to be in one, I would had rather been doing something with my friends but I made it work. As far as social aspect, if you didn't click with people the first few days, it was very hard to be sociable. It was also ridiculous how you have to pay for meal plans even if you don't want or use one. I give it an okay rating because that's what I would call my experience; okay.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm apart of a sorority and it's one of the greatest times of my life.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a major highlight of student life.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I only transferred to Western from a business school and so far it's okay. I think I still need to get into it more before I can make an accurate review.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Western is very liberal when it comes to diversity. It's all different kinds of people there, black, white, Asian, gay, straight, trans, etc. they also have little clubs for example LGBT clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I personally didn't really meet a ton of people who had a drug problem. Almost everyone had or drinks alcohol, but no one treated you din't if you didn't take part in these activities.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: In general, the professors at WMU are great. They are passionate about what they teach and they are willing to help each student personally. Some professors are unprepared for their classes but generally they have everything in order. Even though WMU is a decently large school, it's easy to become close with the professors as they are personable and friendly.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I believe that my future degree from WMU will be valuable as I search for good employment opportunities. Students I know who are graduating soon feel comfortable with the footholds they have acquired through WMU and already have jobs in their fields. Employers are easy to find on campus when career fairs roll around so it's not hard to connect with people in the industry.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There were a few robberies my first semester at WMU which surprised me because it seems like there's always a police officer nearby. I know that improvements can be made but overall WMU is safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus but what I hear from classmates is that the resident halls are alright but not great. Some of them are still old, so there are occasional problems with the buildings. Students were annoyed by problems such as a late-night evacuation due to a gas leak, and other problems that an updated building wouldn't have.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek students are always busy with organizing student events or planning parties for both Greek and non-Greek students. Everyone is involved when the Greeks are involved. There are many options for Greek housing, it takes time to find the right one!

5 College Junior

Athletics: I didn't expect our football games to be this exciting but the students are always pumped to cheer on our team!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: WMU isn't considered a top-notch school by outsiders but students who have completed the program enjoyed and it and find themselves in good positions for future employment.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some professors tend to treat the class like it is the only class you are taking and pile on homework and paper assignments.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Many of the different degrees that WMU offers are among the top in the US, creating a large desire for the students within jobs and internships.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are many security measures on campus throughout the year. There are call boxes sporadicly placed, an evening watch group that walks around and assists people back to their dorms, Safe Ride which gives rides back to dorms at night, as well as Drive Safe Kalamazoo which gives rides to apartments or back to campus from Thursday through Saturday.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are pros and cons to living in the residence halls, just as there would be with apartment complexes or houses. On campus living is very convenient if you do not have a car of your own.

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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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