Western Michigan University

1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-2000
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Western Michigan University was founded in 1903 as Western Michigan College and became the state’s fourth public university in 1957. Currently ranked in the top 200 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, Western Michigan University has gained success and reputation for its academic programs and alternative education opportunities. Western Michigan University is one of four public universities in the state to be granted its own chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The university enrolls more than 25,000 students at the main campus alone and offers 140 undergraduate degree programs — second most of any Michigan University.

Programs Offered

Students who are self-motivated learners but cannot afford the time or expense of an on-campus degree have an alternative means of earning a degree from Western Michigan University, thanks to the online degree programs offered by the school. The online degree programs offered by the institution are tailored specifically to meet the needs of working adults, whose busy schedules and commitments can restrict them from pursuing higher education. Western Michigan University currently provides several complete online degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, as well as several special certificates. Because the course work is completed online, students can access their program anywhere they have a computer and access to the Internet. Assignments are completed on the student’s own schedule and submitted by the established deadline — allowing students to study at times that are most convenient to them. Though flexible, the degree programs are accredited and equally as challenging as the traditional programs.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited Western Michigan University to award degrees, and specialized accreditation was awarded by 11 other accrediting organizations.


Western Michigan University requires undergraduate applicants to submit their Grade Point Average (GPA), ACT/SAT scores, number and types of college preparatory courses, and a trend of their grades to be considered for admission to the institution. Graduate applicants must contact the university to receive specific information regarding their admissions process as every department varies in requirements. International students typically follow a fairly similar application process as native citizens but are usually required to include extra supporting documents including proof of fluency in English (if applicable) and financial means to pay tuition costs. Western Michigan University accepts transfer students provided they have adequate documentation showing GPA of completed college course work and if less than 26 semester hours, an official high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores (or GED). Additional information regarding admissions is listed here.

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