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Western Michigan University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Western Michigan University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Western Michigan University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Western Michigan University was awarded 768 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general drafting and design technology.

Overall Quality

WMU landed the #811 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

WMU is also ranked #17 out of 67 schools in Michigan.

See all of the rankings for Western Michigan University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WMU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Western Michigan University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 85%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 67% of students accepted to WMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 500 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 510 to 610 )
WMU received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 20 to 27 )

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Western Michigan University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Western Michigan University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Michigan University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Michigan University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Western Michigan University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 23% for first-time, full-time students at WMU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Western Michigan University.

Western Michigan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,969 undergraduates at WMU with 13,296 being full-time and 2,673 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Michigan University Cost?

The overall average net price of WMU is $19,433. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WMU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,021 $15,276 $19,841 $23,352 $24,219

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WMU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WMU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $8,965 a year. That adds up to $35,860 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WMU is 7.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do WMU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from WMU make about $45,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future WMU graduates since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Western Michigan University make the most money.

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Location of Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is a public institution located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for WMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200
Phone: 269-387-1000

Western Michigan University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 112 majors graduated from Western Michigan University. Of these students, 3,784 received undergraduate degrees and 1,364 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 222 $32,684
Business Administration & Management 220 $51,872
Marketing 218 $48,363
General Biology 148 $35,670
Finance & Financial Management 140 $47,440
Nursing 129 $63,438
Health & Medical Administrative Services 126 $33,828
Air Transportation 126 $46,673
Accounting 124 $45,127
Criminal Justice & Corrections 112 $33,352

Learn more about the majors offered at Western Michigan University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WMU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 18,156 students took at least one online class at Western Michigan University. This is an increase from the 5,974 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 18,156 7,025
2018-2019 5,974 1,318
2017-2018 5,652 1,236
2016-2017 5,285 1,180
2015-2016 5,038 1,104

Learn more about online learning at Western Michigan University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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