Western Michigan University

2,960 reviews
  1. Kalamazoo, MI
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C
Western Michigan University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Website

Western Michigan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$15,464/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,464/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,782/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,589/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,961/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,836/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.199 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.201 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.201 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,713Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • You can't describe all in one word everyone varies
    32%
  • Outgoing/friendly
    29%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Interesting
    13%
  • Average
    5%
  • Reserved
    4%
  • Obnoxious
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.244 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.295 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 147 responses
Report
  • Sociable
    27%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Lively
    18%
  • Amazing
    13%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Flexible
    5%
  • Favorable
    1%

After Western Michigan University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.147 responses

Reviews

2,960 reviews
  • Excellent
    449
  • Very Good
    1206
  • Average
    1104
  • Poor
    136
  • Terrible
    65
I like Western aesthetically. However, that's pretty much it. Many of the students that go here are business majors and act accordingly. Many of the individuals here are unemotional and quite simply, dull. The classes are stupidly easy, and the professors are all grad students-not happy about that! If you aren't in a frat/comfortable going to a frat, then you are not partying! The Valley dorms are horrid buildings and the roommate placing is not good either. My roommate and I shared nothing in common, besides music (Come on Western, who doesn't like music???). The campus and buildings are beautiful, but I strongly believe the negatives outweigh the little positives.
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 5 2015
My overall experience at school so far has been really great,there are so many wonderful people here who I would not see myself normally interacting with but they have shown me a totally different view. The professors that I have right now are all understanding and are here to help me become a person and are here to help me find my passion and later turn that into a career. There are so many great resources here, like the writing lab, the many different tutoring labs, the computer labs and so much more. What makes Western unique is that it openly accepts diversity which is a huge factor today in society. I would choose Western again because of all the different programs it has to offer and all the different people I get to meet and interact with, they make the Western experience more Bronco Fabulous!
  • College Freshman
  • Oct 29 2015
I absolutely love Western! I've met amazing people here that have taught me so much, including friends, professors, TAs, and other students. I've taken the opportunity to travel through Western and had overall great experiences. I feel that my classes are challenging and applicable to my career. My ad advisor has helped me with scheduling, clubs, meeting people in the industry, my resume, interview skills, and applying for internships. The people at Western really do care about you and it shows.
  • College Sophomore
  • Nov 29 2015