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Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University is improving the future of our communities and our world. It starts with our students. Our innovative educational approach and leading-edge research opportunities prepare students for successful careers and a better future.

About

History

In May 27, 1903 WMU was established by an act of the Michigan Legislature as a preparatory school for teachers and named Western State Normal School. 

Education

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • Haworth College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Lee Honors College
  • Graduate College
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Research

  • Established in 2003 by the Michigan Legislature, the Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center (BRCC) is located at Western Michigan University and is perfectly positioned to access the wealth of scientific talent and pharmaceutical commercialization expertise that is part of Kalamazoo’s heritage.
  • The BRCC provides startup and gap funding to promising Michigan-based life sciences and medical device ventures entering the commercialization phase of development. Customers include entrepreneurs, scientists, University Technology Transfer offices and corporations.  Explore the BRCC website to learn more about the research portfolio and how to partner.

Career

Career and student employment services supports students by empowering them to develop the skills necessary for reaching their career goals. Through career advising, and learning about career pathways, WMU students get ready for the world of work or service after graduating.

Services

Student services

  • The Graduate Student Association is an authorized student government representing graduate and professional students on campus. The GSA's mission is to improve and advance graduate education through partnership, advocacy, leadership and networking building to ensure success of all graduate students. 
  • The Western Student Association is the student government representing the voice of WMU students. There are many ways for students to get involved, express student concerns, and to represent the student body of WMU. 

Housing services

Residence halls support nearly 5,000 students who enjoy the friendships, living/learning focus and diversity of campus life. Residents can take advantage of hall activities, leadership opportunities, staff available 24 hours, dining centers and many additional conveniences.

  • Spindler Hall
  • WMU apartments - Arcadia Flats, Goldsworth Valley, Stadium Drive, Western View

Library services

The Western Michigan University Libraries 

  • Physical books (titles): 1,286,421
  • Electronic books: 670,724
  • Physical subscriptions (includes titles that are no longer active): 140,442
  • Electronic subscriptions: 74,345
  • Online databases: 662
  • Physical media titles (audio/visual): 151,712 
  • Digital media titles: 207,885
  • Items uploaded to WMU’s institutional repository: 6,838

ICT services

Technology Help Desk

  • Departmental shared drives
  • Local printer/printer driver
  • Computer hardware
  • Creating, uploading and maintaining web pages
  • Installation, set up of software not licensed or owned by the University
  • Navigation assistance for any software or application not supported by the University or IT managed.
  • File backup, recovery or restoration
  • Computer re-imaging

Medical services

The Sindecuse Health Center is dedicated to providing a variety of high quality professional health services to the Western Michigan University community. 

  • Clinic and nursing services
  • Full service pharmacy
  • Lab and radiology
  • Sports medicine and physical therapy

Student Life

Campus life

The Western Michigan University campus is comprised of a variety of housing and dining options. Each living area has distinctive features with a combination of residence halls, apartments, dining facilities, academic services and cultural resources. A variety of dining options are conveniently accessible at different locations throughout campus.

Sports facilities

Western Michigan University's Student Recreation Center is a 240,000-square-foot facility that includes:

  • Aerobic room
  • Eight full basketball courts
  • 45-foot indoor climbing wall
  • Indoor cycling studio
  • Fitness testing lab
  • F45 Functional Training studio
  • Two 4,500-square-foot multipurpose courts
  • Six racquetball courts
  • Squash court
  • Swirl pool
  • Three indoor tennis courts
  • 8,000-square-foot weight room

Other University Recreation-related facilities:

  • Intramural Sports Field Complex
  • Intramural Sports Soccer Fields
  • Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Pool
  • Sorensen Tennis Courts

Student clubs

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 
  • Upsilon Gamma Chapter
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc

Accreditation

Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International.

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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