Western Michigan University

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world rank  381

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Established in 1903, Western Michigan University is a non-profit public state higher-education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Kalamazoo (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Michigan. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Western Michigan University (WMU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Western Michigan University (WMU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 117 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this US higher education organization a least selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. WMU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Name
Acronym WMU
Founded 1903
Motto Strike gold at Western Michigan University.
Colours Brown and gold

University Location

Address 1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo
49008-5200 Michigan
United States
Tel +1 (269) 387 1000
Fax +1 (269) 387 2096

Study Areas and Degree Levels


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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local
students
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)
15,000-17,500 US$
(11,000-12,900 Euro)
International
students
15,000-17,500 US$
(11,000-12,900 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is neither required nor recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 80-90%
Admission Office 1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo 49008-5211
(269) 387 2000
800 400 4968

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 25,000-29,999
Academic Staff 1,000-1,499
Control Type Public State
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive
Size & Setting Four-year, large, primarily residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Western Michigan University's Library
Western Michigan University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 1,286,421 physical volumes, 151,712 physical media, 207,885 digital/electronic medium and 662 licensed digital/electronic databases. Western Michigan University's library has 3 branches.
Housing Yes
Western Michigan University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 5,912 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET
  • American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)


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Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • Forum on Education Abroad (FEA)
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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