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Western Michigan University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,649 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 44 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Mid-American Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $183,172)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $79,284)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 109 - -
Baseball 29 - Yes -
Basketball 15 15 - Yes
Football 104 - - -
Golf - 9 Yes -
Gymnastics - 21 - -
Ice Hockey 29 - Yes Yes
Soccer 26 25 - Yes
Softball - 18 - -
Tennis 10 8 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.9%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.4%
Hispanic 2.6%
Non-resident alien 4.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.0%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 75.7%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 13
Drug Law Violation 89
Liquor Law Violation 90
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 14
Property Crime 39

Notable Alumni

  • Brooke Elliott, actress ("Drop Dead Diva")
  • Bruce Campbell, actor
  • Josh Gracin, "American Idol" finalist
  • Laurence Spitters, founder of Memorex
  • Luther Vandross, singer
  • Stephen Lynch, comedian
  • Tim Allen, actor, comedian
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Breanna from Grand Rapids, MI
  • 4
  • Dorm life is pretty convenient. Living in the puts you in close proximity to your classes, the cafeterias, and friends. Discounts are available depending on your GPA and the rooms…

  • Mar-21-2012 Read More
  • Joseph from Grand Ledge, MI
  • 3
  • My dorm experience wasn't the greatest, to be honest. I lived in Valley 3 and only befriended a handful of students from there. I'm not really sure if many of…

  • Mar-23-2012 Read More
  • Kelsey from Laingsburg, MI
  • 4
  • As a freshman, I highly recommend living in the Valleys. There are tons of new students that live there and everyone is extremely friendly. You will make plenty of new…

  • Apr-14-2012 Read More
  • Ashley from Kalamazoo, MI
  • 4
  • I really like dorm life here, I got paired up really well and I love how each branch of major can group together in a certain dorm. For instance,…

  • Oct-02-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Laura from Mason, MI
  • Aug-17-2014 I am a current student here

    Certain places are better than others, but Bernhard and Bistro3 are awesome! Just watch the menu options and pick the one that looks best to you.

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  • 3
  • Diego from Grand Rapids, MI
  • Jun-27-2014 I am a current student here

    They do have good food most days but other days it can just be the worst. The best cafe on campus is Bistro it is definitely worth the walk from the valleys if they are not serving good food.

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  • 3
  • Alexander from Detroit, MI
  • Jun-05-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at western is pretty good. There are multiple dining halls at western and each of them are different in their own way. Depending on what dinning halls you go too will help you decide on if the food at western is good or not. The valleys' foods are usually good, but some days the food could be a little better. On campus dining at bistro and bigelow are most of the time very good to eat and they bring a really diverse menu of food to eat.

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  • 4
  • Kyle from Novi, MI
  • May-20-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm not saying this place is a four star restaurant, but reminds me of good home cooking. The hours can be difficult to manage, but the food is great -- try the mac n' cheese. Also, the Bistro is where its at, the food there is superb, actually -- that probably is five star.

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  • 3
  • Hayley from Brimley, MI
  • May-03-2014 I am a current student here

    The food was pretty good for the most part. The only thing I didn't like was the hours of the cafeterias.

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  • 4
  • Alia from Kalamazoo, MI
  • Apr-22-2014 I am a current student here

    I love the variety at all the different cafe. I even like that we can pay to eat if you don't have a meal plan.

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  • 5
  • Lisa from Goodrich, MI
  • Apr-03-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food at Western is delicious and there are many options to choose from.

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  • 3
  • Paulina from Paw Paw, MI
  • Apr-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Food is good. They provide a lot of places to eat but not all of the dorm areas have food centers and not all halls are open at convenient times.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • Mar-13-2014 I am a current student here

    I suggest getting a smaller meal plan, although you have to keep track of how many meals you've had during the week, it saves you quite a bit of money. You also get some dining dollars to spend at some of the cafes on campus. Bistro 3 and Hoejke/Bigelow are probably the best dining halls to go to. A huge con about the dining hall is that it closes at 8. Late night carry out is available, but it's basically just a sandwich and some chips. Good thing there are a ton of places that will deliver to your dorm! Check out Campus Wok, it's one of the better Chinese places in town and is really close to campus.

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  • 3
  • Naoma from Fennville, MI
  • Mar-09-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Campus dining is the norm on campus, however the campus is close to several areas with diversified dining experiences

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Hayley from Brimley, MI
  • May-03-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm in a social sorority and it is has been a really great experience. Especially if you live far away and don't have much friends at Western, like myself. I have met many people (NETWORKING IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY) and have learned a lot about Western and the Kalamazoo community.

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  • 0
  • Alia from Kalamazoo, MI
  • Apr-22-2014 I am a current student here

    Be you first and foremost, if you desire to be a part of a sorority or fraternity do It for the right reasons. It is okay to stand out and not fit in.

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  • 0
  • Christianna from Kalamazoo, MI
  • Jan-25-2014 I am a current student here

    There are lots of Greek life opportunities. Some include housing options and some are club active only. All the Greek housing is in the same area on a street called Fraternity Village.

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  • 0
  • Ashleigh from Kalamazoo, MI
  • Jan-12-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a lot of different ones that you can join and it is a great opportunity to join one so that you can have the opportunity to meet new people and get involved on campus.

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  • 0
  • Phillip from Dewitt, MI
  • Dec-14-2013 I am a current student here

    So far Greek Life has been pretty fun. The only problem is during my initiation my fraternity was accused of hazing and we were not allowed to finish initiation. This was very disappointing because we were not being hazed at all. I was very upset and now we are not allowed to do much at all. It would be better if the school would ask questions first before punishing and drawing conclusions.

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