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.
The University offers 152 bachelor’s, 76 master’s and 33 doctoral programs, along with one program leading to a specialist degree and several others that lead to graduate-level certificates in innovative or high-demand areas of specialization. These programs are offered through seven degree-granting colleges: arts and sciences, aviation, education and human development, engineering and applied sciences, fine arts, Haworth College of Business, and health and human services.
WMU researchers are advancing knowledge across the state and around the globe. A growing amount of their funded research is the product of partnerships with business, industry and government in areas such as advanced engineering and manufacturing, homeland security, information technology, the life sciences, and nanotechnology. These basic and applied collaborations enhance classroom instruction and career opportunities for students, as well as foster economic development in Michigan while expanding the 21st-century knowledge base.
WMU has long met the state’s regional needs for higher education and career development programs, and continues to serve thousands of Michigan residents annually through its Online and Lifelong Learning offices, as well as its 10 regional locations.
Student Affairs is here to help students achieve success, both inside and outside of the classroom. Through a variety of resources, students can achieve their career, educational and personal goals, and become active members of the WMU community.
Residence Life offers housing options for students who choose to live on campus. Conveniently located close to classes, residence halls and WMU apartments are great places to meet new people and build lifelong friendships.
With more than 4.9 million total items and nearly 2.6 million total titles, Western Michigan University Libraries is the fourth largest university library system in Michigan and among the top 100 in the country. Library patrons are also connected with the holdings of 70,000 libraries worldwide.
WMU’s campuses encompass 1,289 acres and 167 buildings (including utilities structures), and feature some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. Main campus—Located in Kalamazoo just west of the downtown, the main campus is home to most of WMU’s academic programs, campus services, residence halls and other facilities. It consists of three formally named campuses, all adjoining: the East, Oakland Drive and West campuses.
The Student Recreation Center offers quality facilities and fitness programs for students and staff. The University Recreation office promotes healthy lifestyle choices, team building, leadership skills and opportunities for positive social interaction. Options include:
There are nearly 400 registered student organizations at WMU representing a dynamic and diverse student body. WMU encourages all students to enrich their academic lives, become involved in campus activities, and join student organizations.
Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business is accredited by the AACSB International.