Western Michigan University is a public research university that was established in 1903 by Dwight B. Waldo as Western State Normal School. It’s aviation program is ranked within the top 5 aviation programs in the US Education System which makes it one of the coveted institutes nationally.
The university offers 147 programs at the undergraduate level, 73 programs at masters level and 30 programs at doctoral level. The university consists of seven colleges that offer these wide range of diverse courses for international students. With a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, the institute ensures quality education and opportunity of growth for all its students and is indeed a favored institute aming international aspirants to study in the USA.
Western Michigan University provides admissions on a rolling basis round the year. The institute, however, does observe certain early and regular admission deadlines of November 15 and January 15, respectively and encourages all its students to apply for admission at the earliest in order to enhance their chances at enrollment. It is one of the lightly selective institutes in the country with a high acceptance rate of around 81%.
|Annual Endowment||405.2 million USD|
|Mode of Program||Full time; Part time; online|
|Cost of Attendance||28,195 USD|
|Campus Housing Capacity||28%|
|Application Deadline (Regular)||January 15|
|Application Fee||65 USD|
|English language proficiency score||TOEFL or equivalent|
|Financial Aid||Available as Scholarships and Awards|
The university offers a plethora of courses for international students at the ranging level of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral. Undergraduate programs provided are more than 147 and include BBA, BA, BS, BSE, BFA, BSW and certificate courses.
There are 73 Masters programs that include MS, MSA, MFA, Accelerated MA etc plus more than 30 Doctoral programs that include Applied Economics, Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, etc. All the courses provided by the institute are offered across its 7 colleges.
Popular majors available at the institute are - Business, Management, Marketing; Health Professions; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Engineering; and Visual and Performing Arts.
The university provides on-campus accommodation for its students across its four major residential neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include a variety of housing and dining options. The Resident Hall can accommodate up to 28% of the student population or around 5,000 students and they provide activity halls, dining centres and 24-hour staff.
Western Heights is the newest addition to the campus and is focused on housing the freshmen year students. The Spindler Hall is the oldest residence hall and provides 80 furnished rooms with community bathrooms, kitchens and laundry facilities.
The university apartments are located close to the campus and the rent includes utilities as well as cable TV. These apartments are available either furnished or unfurnished.
Application Portal: Apply online at the official website of West Michigan University.
Application Fee: A fee of 65 USD must be submitted while applying at the college.
Basic Admission Requirements
The admissions are done in three phases that are Early Decision I where you need to apply before 15th November. Early Decision II phase has a deadline of 1st January, and the Regular Decision phase ends on 15th January.
Since it is highly encouraged that prospective international candidates of the university hoping to study in the USA must plan their finances well in advance prior to applying for admissions, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been compiled for the ease of the students as follows:
|Expense||Cost in USD|
|Tuition and Fees||30,349|
|Housing and Meals||9,894|
Note that on the basis of average annual income of the family, a student needs to spend around 11473 USD (average income less than 30000 USD), 13512 USD (income between 30000 and 48000 USD), 17626 USD (income between 48000 and 75000) USD, 20400 (income between 75000 and 110000 USD) and if the income is more than 110000 USD the average fees rises to about 21800 USD.
More than 250,000 alumni are associated with Western Michigan University and are offered benefits like financial services, career services, travel and hotel discounts, library access, etc.
Some of the notable alumni of the university are as follows:
The median salary of the university graduates is around 47,000 USD based on over 1400 reported salaries. With the 25th percentile of undergraduates and graduates having a salary of around 30,000 USD and 40,000 USD, respectively and 50th percentile with an average salary of 47,000 and 53,000 USD, respectively, the institute guarantees great opportunities and a stable future for its students..
As per the organization’s annual reports, 75% of the university pass-outs are employed full-time. While 73% of the students manage to land a job within Michigan, around 93% students get a job related to their field of study out of which 90% students reported that they are satisfied with their jobs.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$16,927 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||2 : 1|
|Western Michigan University Enrollment||26096|
|Average Graduation Rate||48.1%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$16,927 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$16,448 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$958 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$9,848 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,390 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$9,848 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,390 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$3,987 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$4,028 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|American Bar Association|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Arts Programs||National Association of Schools of Art and Design|
|Language Programs||Commission on English Language Program Accreditation|
|Music Programs||National Association of Schools of Music|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Psychology Programs||American Psychological Association|
|Clinical Science Programs||American Speech-Language-Hearing Association|
|Programs||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics|
|Programs||American Occupational Therapy Association|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Dance|
|Programs||National Association of Schools of Theatre|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
RANKED #201 - #300
Natural Sciences (International)
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#1084 [Out of 1250]
25.9 [Out of 100]
#205 [Out of 300]
#201 - #300 [Out of 500]
#564 [Out of 650]
#1343 [Out of 2000]
68.5 [Out of 100]
#699 [Out of 810]
31.3 [Out of 100]
#529 [Out of 625]
39.6 [Out of 100]
#517 [Out of 600]
36.9 [Out of 100]
#325 [Out of 625]
56.1 [Out of 100]
based on 1 student ratings
This college was the best option for me because it was close to my home. It allowed me to live at home so I can save money on room and board. It's also the cheapest college that offered me admission and a lot of scholarships.
The course curriculum is ok some classes are easy and some not so much. Some classes are hard just because the professor makes it that way. The hard classes are the science classes whereas the easy classes are a general education.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary