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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is really pretty in the fall but that is only a few months of the school year. For the most part everything is covered in snow and slush and looks dead. Facilities are pretty nice, though some are older than others. Library is huge, the recreational facility is big as well and is nice.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have good facilities, both athletic and student. Our library holds 'study nights' at least once a semester to help students study or write papers and pass out snacks and drinks. We recently went green so there are quite a few green spaces students hang out around.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: I think Western's campus is nice. It feels like a campus; water fountains, flower arrangements, buildings and big clocks. I really like the library, the new Sangren and the Bernhardt center. Most of the buildings are nice, some are out of date like Moore Hall but most are kept up well. A lot of campus events are popular like Bronco Bash, Homecoming and certain football games.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Really nice rec center! Gym with a pool and racquetball courts!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: I love Western Michigan University. They could revitalize old buildings more often instead of just tearing them down, but with that set aside WMU is a wonderfully accommodating school for all walks of life. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities for jobs within walking distance or jobs on campus for WMU. The night life is spectacular and downtown Kalamazoo which is only a short mile from campus has festivals almost every weekend.

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Western has some of the newest and most modern innovations inside and outside of the classroom, and the school is constantly in the process of constructing new buildings and/or improving on the older ones. Western has modern classrooms, the most up-to-date computer labs located all across campus, and a very well-stocked library.

When it comes to athletic facilities, the Student Recreation Center has brand-new workout equipment and is in very good condition. There are pools located in a few areas on campus, where open swim hours are always available. Facilities are cleaned daily, and the campus itself is well-maintained, with walkways and streets kept tidy. The University spent a lot of money on landscaping and sculptures, which can be seen all over campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
371
Campus Size
1,200 acres
Student Centers
The Bernhard Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Waldo Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Bernhard Center
  • Dorm lounges
  • Library
Bar on Campus
University Roadhouse is just a stone's throw away from Waldo Stadium on the WMU campus.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
Biggby Coffee in the Bernhard Center
Movie Theater on Campus
There isn't a set movie theater on campus; however, new releases are played in the Miller Auditorium.
"Green" Initiatives
In February, there's a month-long competition called Eco-thon that's designed to teach students how to participate in sustainable practices, specifically electricity reduction and recycling.
Traditions
Bronco Bash: Bronco Bash serves as a kind of "welcome back" to Western students. More than 400 student organizations, departments, and businesses participate, and live bands perform. It's a lot of fun.
Urban Legends
  • McCracken Hall is haunted.
  • There's a "W" engraved in the cement near the Waldo Library. Rumor has it, if you step on it, it will bring you bad luck in your classes for that semester.
Favorite Things To Do
Hanging out in the Bernhard Center
Student Organizations Web Site
www.wmich.edu/students
Student Newspaper
Western Herald
www.westernherald.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations fit for your major. Western also hosts a lot of social events and has a vibrant Greek life.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 38% I haven't been able to find one
  • 28% Student Recreation Center
  • 9% First-Year Experience Office
  • 9% Library desk
  • 6% Resident Assisstant
  • 3% Tour guide
  • 3% Residence Hall Front Desk
  • 3% Valley 2 Cafeteria

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?     Based on 26 responses

  • 23% Dorms
  • 23% The Bernhard Center
  • 16% Dorm lounges
  • 16% Library
  • 12% My apartment
  • 5% Around the Miller Fountain
  • 2% Sangren Fountain
  • 2% Dalton

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% Go to the gym
  • 22% Hang out with friends in the dorms
  • 18% Explore campus
  • 8% Going to the open art talks and exhibits
  • 6% Rock Climbing
  • 4% Walk around Gilmore

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 23 responses

  • 50% Bronco Bash
  • 20% Miller Shows
  • 15% Tailgating
  • 12% Theatre performances
  • 2% All

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 14 responses

  • 53% Cafeteria worker
  • 33% They are all cool,not overwhelming
  • 13% They all are legit
  • 0% Student ambassador

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 28 responses

  • 68% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 32% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 82 responses

  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 29% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 40% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 84 responses

  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 81% Not stepping on the "W" by the library.
  • 19% Every time a virgin graduates, a brick falls off.

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