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Western Michigan University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Western Michigan University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and 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?

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2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Western Michigan University was awarded 118 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education subject specific.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, WMU is ranked #651 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. WMU has maintained this ranking for at least two years in a row.

WMU also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

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 82%, 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 69% 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 490 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 490 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 470 to 590 )
WMU received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )

Learn more about Western Michigan University admissions.

Western Michigan University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Western Michigan University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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.

Good Overall Diversity at WMU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,936 undergraduates at WMU with 15,063 being full-time and 2,873 being part-time.

WMU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for WMU is 71.17 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  71.17 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Michigan University Cost?

The overall average net price of WMU is $16,934. 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 +
$11,473 $13,512 $17,626 $20,400 $21,800

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WMU, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $8,178 a year. That adds up to $32,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WMU is 6.6%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WMU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,000 in their early years. That's great news for WMU students since it is 10% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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

Location of Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is a public institution located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Western Michigan University

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 105 majors graduated from Western Michigan University. Of these students, 3,973 received undergraduate degrees and 1,409 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
Marketing 274 $43,200
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 251 $29,800
Business Administration & Management 224 $49,000
Health & Medical Administrative Services 184 $28,600
Nursing 137 $61,200
General Biology 129 $31,900
Health & Physical Education 125 $28,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 123 $31,400
Finance & Financial Management 121 $43,200
Air Transportation 120 $37,200

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 5,652 students took at least one online class at Western Michigan University. This is an increase from the 5,285 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,652 1,236
2016-2017 5,285 1,180
2015-2016 5,038 1,104
2014-2015 4,556 1,000
2013-2014 4,314 962

Learn more about online learning at Western Michigan University.


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