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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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4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are very effective and apply to your everyday major. The workload has it's stressful moments but as long as you stay on top of it and on time, you'll be good.

3 College Freshman

Academics: You have to put a little work to get mostly A's, but its not impossible.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I came to Western because they are number one in the state for my major. There are lots of class options throughout the university and you can take more than whats required for your major. Advisers are always there to help you whether through email or face to face.

4 College Freshman

Academics: They try their best to help you. I was stuck with no money and I have to pay for tuition. I went to apply for jobs and told them my story and they helped me as soon as they could. Now I am trying to pay off college and I need your help in scholarship money to do so.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 179 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 often do you:    Based on 120 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 120 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 77% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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