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Reviews 2356 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of places to live off campus. It all varies and prices vary too. Just depends on where you would like to live.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places to choose from, you just have to know where to go. Prices are often affordable as well.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They enforce the rules well in order to help us become successful and create a learning atmosphere.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I do not attend the parties here at school.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received my financial aid securely and I am currently working on getting money for the next year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I do not have a meal plan, but I do have dining dollars which allow me to enter in the multiple dining places on campus. It is helpful when I am out and about on campus during the day.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. I am close to my classes and everything is walking distance. My hall is alright. People are friendly and there are a lot of cool programs that happen. My dorm is cozy since I have two roommates, but we get along for the most part. Our hall has community bathrooms which are cleaned regularly as well. overall I enjoy living on campus.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party at all, but I feel like it's mostly freshman that party their asses off.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: My only struggle with financial aid was parental paranoia (my mom didn't like having to give up our personal information). But going through the process was fine otherwise. You may have to wait on the phone a bit for help, but for the most part, the people you talk to try their best to help out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The mobile app makes it pretty easy to decide where the good food is at for the day, but sometimes it's just alright. But mass cooking can't always have the special ingredient of love in it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus in the dorms. They're a little blank but it leaves a lot of wiggle room to really make your room what you want it. Switching roommates isn't too much of a hassle if you don't get along with yours, and for the most part people are respectful.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Currently, I live in Concord Place Apartments and I love it here so much. Because it isn't a student-based living accommodation, I don't have to worry about loud parties when I'm at home relaxing and I also don't need to worry about not having a place to park BECAUSE of parties. The cost is a good amount for me, as 1 person living alone. Through the school, there was no help provided, but I didn't need any, so that's not an issue. There are absolutely no cons to living here. The only slight problem is how far it is from campus, but it's only a 10 minute drive, which isn't bad for me at all. I adore my landlords, they're always so understanding of my issues, and are always helpful. Safety is never an issue for myself, however, sometimes I worry about other people, because they feel SO safe that they let their children run around without supervision.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Because I'm a very ethnic person, and I love eating different cuisines from different countries, I believe the options around Western are really, really good. The cost is always good because everyone knows we're poor college students, so sometimes I feel they have lower prices around here. My favorite places to go are Kumo, Sakura2, Thai Cafe, Blaze Pizza, Hunan Gardens, and Applebees.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I feel that administration is pretty good. They seem to be pretty strict on certain topics, but sometimes occasionally lenient on others. I've never seen anyone do anything about protests or demonstrations, so I voted that it was somewhat lenient. Other than that, underage drinking, drugs, alcohol use in dorms, and the honor code are very strict, which I believe is a very good thing.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Although I'm not too big on parties, I will occasionally go to my friend's houses and hang out on weekends. From what I'm told, the best places to go are Lafaette, Fratville, The Arbs, and Campus Habitat. I believe the party scene can be positive in some ways, such as networking and getting to know people with the same interests as yours. However, underage drinking is illegal, and it happens often, so that is definitely a negative way.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: This semester, I was unable to take classes because my additional student loan was denied since my cosigner passed away. I contacted the financial aid office multiple times, and they told me the only way I was able to take classes that semester was if I had $6,000 out of pocket, which of course, I didn't have. After continually trying to figure out some kind of agreement, it never worked out, so I withdrew from my classes I was planning on taking.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I always eat at Bigelow or Bistro. I always enjoy eating there because the food is typically always good, and you can always find SOMETHING to eat, no matter what. I feel that meal plans are a bit overpriced, but I'm sure that there's a reason for it. I used my dining dollars in the store in the Bernhard Center usually. I like that feature about meal plans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: When I was a freshman, I lived in Valley 1 Britton Hall. I felt like it was a really nice place to live. The only downside was how far it was from campus, which was only a 5-10 minute walk which isn't THAT bad. I typically took the bus in the winter time when it got really bad. The rooms were a nice size, and the bathrooms were great for 4 people. Moving in was a hassle because I lived on the basement floor, but there is absolutely nothing that could be done about that. The cost is a little high for my taste, because I live in an off campus apartment now, and it's cheaper than when I lived in the dorms. The social atmosphere was good, you could talk to anyone in your hall.

4 College Student

Athletics: A lot of morale for the school. The rec center is nice, but its needs to be bigger. Also there is a lot of outdated equipment.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of apartment complexes have coupons to waive fees in the application process, so snag those up.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options especially if you go to Main St. but its about a 5-10 minute drive from campus.

2 College Student

Administration: I feel like during the nighttime they need to know when you get back and who you come back with. Theres only one dorm in and out too...

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3 College Student

Scholarships: It seems like you have to apply for scholarships in certain majors, rather than having been automatically applied when you applied. That makes it a hassle.

3 College Student

Party Scene: It's all about knowing other people and where to go. Fratville usually have parties but they can get pretty lame.

1 College Student

Campus Food: Compared to other universities, the food blows. The whole dining system should be more student friendly with more benefits.

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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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