Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of more than 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of American colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation’s top-100 public universities.
Undergraduate students at WMU may choose from 140 program offerings while graduate students may select from 67 master’s, one specialist and 29 doctoral programs. A number of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have attained national recognition. Also enriching the quality of campus life are nearly 300 registered student organizations and a full array of NCAA Division IA intercollegiate athletic teams.
The University’s commitment to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and insight has resulted in initiatives that reward faculty and student research, scholarship and creative activity. In a typical year, WMU faculty and staff conduct $30 million to $40 million in externally funded research on topics ranging from nuclear physics and specialized education to flight safety and clean energy. Instructional programs are designed to increase students’ capacity for learning and service to society, as well as meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.
WMU is Michigan’s fourth largest higher education institution, attracting a diverse and culturally rich student body from across the United States and some 90 other countries. Its nearly 900 full-time faculty members have been trained at some of the world’s finest institutions and they bring to the University a global perspective that enhances the learning environment.
WMU’s campuses encompass more than 1,200 acres and 151 buildings, and feature some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. The main campus, located close to downtown Kalamazoo, is able to house nearly 5,500 students. It includes a large, well-equipped student recreation center and state-of-the-art facilities for business, chemistry, science research, health and human services, and the visual and performing arts.
The University’s highly rated engineering college and thriving Business Technology and Research Park are based three miles away at the Parkview Campus, while its nationally recognized aviation college is based at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Mich. Both the aviation campus and BTR Park are components of Michigan economic development SmartZones.
Extended University Programs offers WMU’s quality academic programs close to home through its online and lifelong education units, as well as six sites around the state. Regional sites focus primarily on graduate and professional education, and are located in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon and Traverse City.
Founded in 1903, WMU rapidly grew from a regional teachers college to an internationally regarded institution of higher education. What was once Western Michigan College became Western Michigan University in 1957, when the state designated it as the fourth public university in Michigan.