Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI
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Western Michigan University Review

Kalamazoo, MI, 1903 West Michigan Avenue
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Career Preparation A-
Students and Culture A
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A
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Excellent

Western Michigan University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 23,529 students and offering 289 degrees in Kalamazoo, MI.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Western Michigan University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Education and Liberal Arts
1,181 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Administration of Special Education
3
Applied Behavior Analysis
85
28
8
Applied Mathematics
2
0
Art Studies
16
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
2
Art Teacher Education
6
6
Biology Teacher Education
1
0
Business Teacher Education
2
Chemistry Teacher Education
0
0
Child Development
41
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
24
0
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
19
1
Creative Writing
45
9
3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
76
11
Earth Science Teacher Education
5
Education
7
Education/teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
23
Education/teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
25
Education/teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness
39
Educational Administration and Supervision
8
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
3
Educational Evaluation and Research
5
2
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
5
Educational/instructional Technology
23
0
Educational Leadership and Administration
71
0
5
Elementary Education and Teaching
52
0
English Language and Literature
25
3
3
English/language Arts Teacher Education
23
4
Exercise Physiology
13
Family and Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education
2
16
French Language and Literature
8
French Language Teacher Education
1
Geography Teacher Education
0
German Language and Literature
3
German Language Teacher Education
2
Health Teacher Education
14
Higher Education/higher Education Administration
8
History Teacher Education
3
Japanese Language and Literature
14
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching
1
Latin Language and Literature
0
Latin Teacher Education
1
Mathematics Teacher Education
10
3
2
Music Teacher Education
26
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
7
5
Physics Teacher Education
2
Public/applied History
8
0
Reading Teacher Education
18
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
17
7
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
6
Social Science Teacher Education
0
Social Studies Teacher Education
27
Spanish Language and Literature
46
11
1
Spanish Language Teacher Education
10
Special Education and Teaching
21
1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
58
Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
28
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
23
Sports Studies
2
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
0
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
24
Technical Teacher Education
1
11
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education
0
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Human and Social Sciences
1,080 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
2
American Government and Politics (United States)
8
Anthropology
16
2
Applied and Professional Ethics
3
Clinical Psychology
3
Counseling Psychology
35
8
Family Systems
31
History
9
8
0
History
0
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
2
2
International/global Studies
29
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
0
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling
16
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
4
Mental Health Counseling/counselor
27
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
259
1
Philosophy
13
14
Political Science
55
5
4
Psychology
160
4
0
Public Administration
48
1
Religion/religious Studies
3
7
0
School Psychology
0
Social Psychology
19
Social Work
58
145
Sociology
46
2
3
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
4
Women's Studies
24
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Business
1,059 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
121
44
Advertising
26
Applied Economics
23
4
Business Administration and Management
127
88
Business Administration, Management and Operations
30
Commerce
2
Business/managerial Economics
14
E-Commerce/electronic Commerce
13
Economics
9
2
Finance
85
Financial Planning and Services
7
Human Resources Development
14
Human Resources Management and Services
58
Information Resources Management
7
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
92
Marketing
138
Marketing/marketing Management
96
Non-Profit/public/organizational Management
2
Operations Research
0
Organizational Communication
57
Telecommunications Management
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Healthcare
680 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
16
12
Audiology/audiologist
5
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
37
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services
10
Health and Medical Administrative Services
172
Health/health Care Administration/management
0
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences
0
4
Holistic Health
7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
101
0
Medical Informatics
8
Occupational Therapy/therapist
49
95
Physician Assistant
37
Registered Nurse
108
0
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling
19
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Engineering
506 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
22
Biomedical Sciences
95
Chemical Engineering
35
3
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning
3
Civil Engineering
28
30
Computer Engineering
8
4
Drafting/design Engineering Technologies/technicians
0
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
25
38
3
Engineering
11
2
Engineering/industrial Management
21
11
Environmental Studies
29
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
1
Industrial Engineering
19
13
1
Manufacturing Engineering
1
0
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician
12
4
Materials Sciences
0
Mechanical Engineering
61
12
3
Paper Science and Engineering
3
4
1
Structural Engineering
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Art and Design
268 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Acting
17
Conducting
2
Dance
18
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft
3
Film/video and Photographic Arts
66
Fine and Studio Arts Management
0
Fine Arts
20
0
Graphic Design
16
Interior Design
11
Jazz/jazz Studies
9
Keyboard Instruments
3
Music
7
2
Music Pedagogy
6
Music Performance
14
10
1
Music Theory and Composition
5
1
Music Therapy/therapist
7
8
Musical Theatre
10
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology
10
Voice and Opera
7
Writing
15
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
257 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew
56
Aviation/airway Management and Operations
52
Criminal Justice
149
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Mathematics and Science
223 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
12
Biology
33
13
3
Chemistry
12
3
5
Computational and Applied Mathematics
10
Geochemistry
2
Geography
21
9
4
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences
8
4
Geology/earth Science
11
9
Geophysics and Seismology
3
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
2
Mathematics
13
4
4
Physics
9
4
3
Statistics
1
16
3
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Computer Technology
157 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences
61
Computer Science
46
32
0
Drafting and Design Technology/technician
18
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Communication and Media
81 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Broadcast Journalism
0
Communication
2
11
Journalism
10
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
58
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Trades and Careers
60 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Apparel and Textiles
40
Avionics Maintenance Technology/technician
20
Construction Management
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Hospitality
33 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Foodservice Systems Administration/management
3
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
2
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
18
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Western Michigan University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Art Teacher Education
Educational/instructional Technology
Environmental Studies
Holistic Health
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (College of Health and Human Services)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Didactic Program in Dietetics
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A- Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Bachelor of Music, Class of 1999

Don't know... It was too long ago!

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BBA, Class of 1973

viable networking and mentoring program

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music Education, Class of 1985

I'm certain that over the past 30 years it has changed. In 1985 they had a career placement office that provided a list of potential employers seeking to fill positions that match the degree earned

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA French, Class of 1989

Real world experiences; study abroad programs

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social sciences, Class of 1971

I was very disappointed in WMU at the time I attended regarding real world experience, like internships.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science, Class of 1993

Clubs, counselors, temp jobs, internships, professors with real world experience, diverse mix of students in classes

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communications, Class of 1984

I remember we did internships and student teaching

Rated January 2016
Alumni
chemistry and psychology , Class of 2008

Career fair, post grad job search resources

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science , Class of 2005

None that I'm aware of, outside of the exclusive internship program that I was accepted into

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemistry, Class of 1986

They have provided me with job search training and resume review

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Engineering design technology, Class of 2013

Engineering career fair, Career counseling

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Bachelor of Music, Class of 1999

Not sure how to answer this... Mostly traditional students right out of high school.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music Education, Class of 1985

There was an active social world that crossed fraternal lines. As in fraternities/sororities did things that socialized with non-Greek organizations.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social sciences, Class of 1971

At the time I attended, most of the students were average. I think standards have improved now.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science, Class of 1993

Diverse mix - fresh out of high school, mature students, international students, urban, rural and suburban. Students' were encouraged to participate in class - opinions valued.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Communications, Class of 1984

Easy going and able to get a well rounded education

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Elementary Education, Class of 2007

Very diverse ethnically and socially Positive culture

Rated January 2016
Alumni
chemistry and psychology , Class of 2008

Great culture, fun place to study and live

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Political Science , Class of 2005

It's been over 10 years. I have no clue anymore.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemistry, Class of 1986

It has been a long time, so my comments might not be relevant any more.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS in Vocational industrial technology education , Class of 2005

Don't know, haven't been there in a decade.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Psychology, Class of 2007

clean, good hours for availability, good variety in dining halls

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Music, Class of 1999

Again, too long ago to recall... I didn't utilize the dorms or dining halls there.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BBA, Class of 1973

Excellent and constantly being upgraded

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Music Education, Class of 1985

IDK I lived off campus. 1985 -- no computer labs. Classrooms are classrooms.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social sciences, Class of 1971

Facilities vary depending on a student's major. Most of the facilities at WMU are modern now, and many are excellent.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science, Class of 1993

The school has undergone an aggressive philanthropy and construction program. The business school, engineering school and health sciences school all have brand new facilities/campuses.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Elementary Education, Class of 2007

Facilities are on the older side, a lot of remodeling was happening

Rated January 2016
Alumni
chemistry and psychology , Class of 2008

Some a very nice and up to date, some old and outdated. University is making a lot of changes though

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Engineering design technology, Class of 2013

New engineering building with many computer labs. teachers all have worked in the industry.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS in Vocational industrial technology education , Class of 2005

Don't know anymore, haven't been there in a decade

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 14 Reviews
Alumni
Music Education, Class of 1985

Depended on the student demographics. Music clubs are popular with music majors but not many engineering majors in them. Likewise, engineering clubs are popular with engineering majors but very few music majors join them.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social sciences, Class of 1971

The music, art and theatre depts are excellent. Sports are very popular.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Science, Class of 1993

The school is very much a walking campus and has easy access to shopping and entertainment in the city. The university has a very good theater school that produces and hosts live performances as does a nearby liberal arts college. The university also hosts several art gallery showings throughout the year. College sports are also an important part of campus life. A new gym was built for students to workout.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Elementary Education, Class of 2007

Football and other sports Drinking at local bars

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Chemistry, Class of 1986

They had a great volleyball team

Rated January 2016
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