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5 College Freshman

Academics: There is always options for help and they are well worth taking advantage of. Registration is decently easy, but finding what books you need for your classes should be easier. It's a huge pain.

There is many study areas for every type of person. I like that a lot.

4 College Junior

Academics: My major is Interpersonal Communication with a double minor in Business Management and Sociology. My work load in school requires me to prioritize my assignment and have great time management skills, because I`m in the business school and the school of communications I am constantly busy and if I am not maintain and organizing my course loads things can become overwhelming. However, my over experience is great with facilities members are always helpful when I don't understand something discussed in class. As far a job opportunities I am currently working at a wonderful place called Advia Credit Union where I am further developing my personable skills as well as developing organizational and teamwork skills.

4 College Senior

Academics: WMU is actually a hidden gem among the universities in the state of Michigan. The engineering program is outstanding and is creating talented and inquisitive engineers in every discipline. My academic advisor is actively involved in my educational experience and my professors are intelligent and interesting.

3 College Junior

Academics: Very hard to get your 4 year degee in aviation. The average is 5 years and it will be a little longer for me since I have been working the last two years to help pay for my education

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The teachers are very helpful. r

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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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 33 responses

  • 43% Tim Allen - actor, comedian
  • 22% Terry Crews-actor and former NFL player
  • 9% Luther Vandross - singer
  • 4% Josh Gracin - "American Idol" finalist
  • 4% Bruce Campbell - actor
  • 4% Dave Dombrowski-Detroit Tigers GM
  • 4% Greg Jennings
  • 3% Stephen Lynch - comedian
  • 1% Brooke Elliott - actress
  • 1% The mom from little people big world
  • 1% Frankie Ballard - Singer
  • 0% Laurence Spitters - founder of Memorex

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 85 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 86 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.

How often do you:    Based on 32 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 32 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 72% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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