Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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Western Michigan University
3.78 Average Rating

Pre-Med Girl

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
As a pre-med student at WMU I am required to take very challenging classes. However, I have done extremely well and have made the Dean's List every semester that I have been here. This is due partially to my hard work and focus, and also because of the Professors. I have had only one bad Professor during my time here thus far; they are far less common than the good ones. The majority of Professors are enthusiastic about teaching, care about their students (even though they may have hundreds) and try very hard to make time to meet with you/accommodate you if you have questions or are struggling. Everyone at Western wants you to be successful.
Am enjoying being here
I have always been the student that liked learning and going to school, but I was worried that might change in college because it is harder than high school. I didn't need to worry. I really like WMU a lot. The campus is beautiful and clean. Students are active and healthy, there is not too much of the freshman weight gain happening as much. The only thing that I dislike would be its reputation as a party school. I am not a big party-person, but I am worried medical schools may view me as one because of where I went to undergrad and think I am unfocused. Hopefully my resume and transcript will counteract that.
Bang for the buck
Western is one of the most affordable universities in Michigan. I do not come from a family with much money and I am paying for my education myself. Western has been very helpful in providing me with enough financial aid and scholarships to pay for my education.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure that your intended major is a major offered by WMU. We have a huge selection to choose from but there are few types not provided such as architecture.
Don't get caught up in partying a lot or your grades will suffer and you will regret it later as some of my friends have learned.
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Bridget from Saint Joseph, MI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
No matter how great the school is, you are going to get out what you put in. That being said, I feel like Western is preparing me so well for my future career. Every single one of my classes--though challenging me a lot at times--is beneficial to me. My professors are interesting, and are truly passionate about the subject. They also have high expectations of their students, which really pushes you to give it your all.
Am enjoying being here
I am involved in a lot of things here at WMU. I am in a group called Intervarsity, I am on an intermural football team, I am a part of a social justice group on sex trafficking, I am part of an events team, and I am part of the Lee Honors College. I love the many different things I can get involved in. Western has so many student organizations, there is literally something for everyone here. And if there isn't a group you feel you belong to, you can make your own! It's really great. College is not only about the academic aspects, but it is also important that you are happy and making relationships here. I have met so many incredible people, and I have been able to express myself by becoming a part of the many different things offered to me.
Bang for the buck
Before deciding on Western, I was contemplating on going to private school. Although I got a pretty generous scholarship from a certain private school in particular, in the end I decided on Western. Compared to the many other public schools in Michigan, Western is definitely one of the best as far as price goes. Obviously economic times are hard, but Western has been really helpful with scholarships.
Tips for prospective students
You have to go to a school that is going to make you happy. Forget what you friends think, what your parents think, or what money says. Forget it all, and focus on yourself. Where will you be happy? If money is an issue, realize that there are always scholarships and loans. Even if your parents or friends don't agree with your decisions, you can't let that affect you either. Definitely take what they say into consideration, but realize that if you are not happy where you're at, they won't be either.
Great for these types of students
Anyone who wants to learn and grow as a person. You will love it here, I promise!
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paige

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
a great education at a lower rate than other local colleges. beautiful and easy to navigate campus. a top 100 nationally ranked school.
Tips for prospective students
teachers are tools! make sure your teachers know who you are in can come in handy during final grades or for a future references.
Academic Rigor
science classes have had me working over-time on my studies. lots of availability to free tutoring and supplemental instruction.
Dorm Life
i lived in the older dorms. naturally they did not have air conditioning and were outdated. the newer dorms seem amazing, 5-stars to the new dorms.
Food and Dining
mostly gordon food service. would like to see more fresh foods and less gmo's. nice assortment of desserts, fruits, and cereal.
What to do for fun
movies at miller auditorium. downtown kalamazoo is endless fun. close to lakes and beautiful nature preserves and trails. there is something for everyone with hundreds of student sponsored clubs.
Bang for the buck
yes!! i feel that i am getting an education equivalent or even better in occupational therapy than i would at a more expensive institution.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
the valleys! definitely a "freshmen experience" living in the older farther away dorms. typically all freshmen live here and is a great way to meet your peers on campus.
Great for these types of students
accessibility friendly campus for low vision/disabled. culturally diverse.
Clubs and Activities
truly something for everyone
Greek Life
put on many great fundraisers and activities to support the local kalamazoo community. a great way to get involved and make connections.
Campus Safety
24-7 campus security. help call boxes located all around campus. a few bad incidents have happened, but typically past midnight. during the day i feel safe alone, but i would never walk around any college campus alone at night.
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Tim from Kalamazoo, MI

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The academics offered here at WMU are great. The school is not too big that it is hard to get individual help, but its big enough to teach you how to learn on your own and use the facilities the school provides as help. The student writing center and math tutoring sessions are each great tools to help you learn in your big lecture halls.
Am enjoying being here
The atmosphere here at WMU is great. It's just the write size that when you walk around on campus, you always see a familiar face. The campus is a great size, where the farthest classes from one another are at most a 15 minute walk, as compared to some other schools. The extracurricular activities are numerous here, with something for everyone to get involved in. From Student Activities Board, to my a Capella group (WMU Broncords), to Humans vs. Zombies; the school offers a multitude of great experiences for students of all types of interests.
Bang for the buck
The price for the Bronco education is not too expensive. It's made very affordable with scholarships and financial aid available to every student.
Tips for prospective students
For future students, dont be afraid to get out and meet new people. There are awesome students here waiting to meet you with similar interests as yourself. The dormitories offer fun events for you to meet others who live in the same building as you, the Campus Activities Board sets up numerous activities such as Miller Movies for students, and theres multitudes of other clubs and groups for students to join. The experience here is what you make of it, and it wont be difficult to have a great time here in Kalamazoo Michigan as a Bronco.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students looking for careers in Music, Theatre, Aviation, and Business. We are one of the few schools to have an Aviation program, and our Fine Arts programs are in the upper categories in the nation for any of those looking to be a Profession Musician or Actor.
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Charles from Portage, MI

a current student here
9 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have to say, I thought Gen. Ed's would be boring, but I have found one in each area that has kept my interest. I must say though if ever you get a chance to be in a class by Prof. Tim McGrew, do not pass up the opportunity. McGrew has been one of the best instructors I've had, ever.
Am enjoying being here
Life here has been swell, I've only found myself complaining about the location of the Valley dorms and that the Gold Bus is usually full.
Bang for the buck
Going here actually ended up being less than I had expected, the living conditions have been better than anticipated (good roommate helps), classes have been well put together and fulfilling, and I find that the food is good.
Tips for prospective students
I wouldn't recommend the unlimited food plan, my roommate and I are having trouble justifying the cost of having it, and realistically the 3-a-day has been better. Also stay on the good side of the R.A.'s on campus, they'll become good friends to have later on.
Great for these types of students
I'm a physics student, but I've found philosophy and chemistry to be strong areas in this college. I haven't experienced much in my one semester here, but Chem 1100, 1110, Philosophy of Science (honors), and music appreciation to be well worth while.
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Sharndeep from Canton, MI

a past student here
6 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
Learning through a college environment is much different than High School. The classes are more specialized about their subject. What I have learned in these classes has helped me decide my major, which will be Finance. The professors were always willing to help with my questions even when they were not in their office.
Did enjoy being here
Being part of the WMU community is a great way to meet others and stay connected. I lived on campus my freshmen year and joined in extracurricular activities throughout the campus. Western Michigan provided everything I needed to create a homely environment. I made many friends who were just a walk away, there are sports fields directly on campus to play sports, everything is within a 15 minute walk, and even the professors were very easy to get a hold of. The area surrounding Westerns campus also provides students with many of their needs. Like grocery stores, clothing stores, a downtown area to hang out with friends and to watch movies.
Bang for the buck
Western Michigan is an excellent university and goes beyond expectations for their community living. They only thing I was not satisfied about was the cost. Tuition for classes are somewhat on the pricey side, but the prices do not increase when you enter your freshmen year. I would have to say the living expenses seem fair.
Tips for prospective students
For new and prospective students, I would highly recommend living on campus for at least a year. You will be part of an extraordinary community where you will meet some of your best friends. It will also give you a chance to experience living on your own so that you may begin to ready yourself for post graduation. I will also recommend getting involved with extracurricular activities. I joined multiple intramural sports and was part of a student organization. This will bring you closer to the WMU community.
Great for these types of students
Western is great for students who would like a excellent learning experience while experiencing the WMU community. All the classes on campus are very near and make traveling easy.
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Brittany

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Inside the classrooms, I was taught by lively, helpful, and informative professors. Outside the classroom, I learned a lot about myself through living in the dorm and participating in extra-curricular activities.
Am enjoying being here
Living in the dorms gave me the opportunity to meet many diverse people. Whether we were playing board games in someone's room or enjoying an evening out I was always able to find a way to enjoy myself and take a break from the books.
Bang for the buck
Western is a reasonable school and they are trying to help students through programs like the Western Edge. No matter where you go, college is going to cost you, so I am glad I am spending my money on a school with excellent professors, academic programs, and an inviting campus.
Tips for prospective students
I know you have all probably heard this ten million times and you won't believe it until you experience it yourself. However, I am going to say it anyway. Do not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. It is the only way to meet new people and grow as a person. I knew absolutely nobody on campus when I arrived on move-in day and I was horrified. However, with the help of a friendly roommate and my newly acquired ability to introduce myself to strangers I was able to find friends and a feeling of home within the first month. If you are able to make college feel like a second home, you will be more successful in all aspects of school.
Great for these types of students
Western is great for students who like having a large student body and endless opportunities without the feeling of being overwhelmed by an enormous campus.
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Michele from Troy, MI

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I just finished my freshman year for a mechanical engineering degree. The course I took were pretty standard and nothing new, but looking forward, western offers some unique and exciting classes.
Am enjoying being here
The dorms do a great job at always having something to do and Kalamazoo has your standard city stuff (mall, wal-mart, bowling).
Bang for the buck
Kalamazoo's tuition isn't bad, but the campus and the city does a great job at providing services for you. You can find free tutoring for about any subject and your student id card will let you ride the city buses for free.
Tips for prospective students
My biggest suggestion would be to stay in the dorms your freshman year. It's cheaper to rent an apartment, but the dorms allow you to experience an atmosphere an apartment won't give you. It's an easy opportunity to make friends and connection. It also has a variety of jobs right in your dorm (front desk or cafeteria).
Great for these types of students
Western is a medium size school. students have to be OK with a 5 minute walk to most of your class and your class sizes could be 30 or 200. The size also means there are a variety of students. Whatever your into chances are Western has it.
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Janae from Redford, MI

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I receive great teaching from professors that love what they do. They come into the lecture halls ready to give their all to the students. I am able to speak with my professors and get all they help that I need. I have a blocked schedule for my business courses and that allows me to have two small classes with the same students. I can talk to the teacher easier and I can become really close to my classmates.
Am enjoying being here
The people that attend WMU make the campus a better place to learn and grow. I meet so many faces and learn new things each day. I can be myself and become more comfortable about being on my own. I am always at peace on the campus because they have a 24-hour police watch.

I can choose from over 300 registered students organizations and really become apart of a great community of students. I am currently a member of Voices of WMU Gospel Choir just to start off my freshmen year. For my next semester I plan to join Ad Club and YBBW. That is what makes Western Michigan so great because they have so many organizations for a specific religion, culture, race, major, and hobby. I love WMU because we are so diverse and embrace the differences in each other.

There is always something going on at WMU. We have so many events that take place there. We have theater plays, musicals and concerts at happen in the Miller Auditorium. And if you don't know when or where something is happening ask someone. Another way to find out what's happening on campus is to look at the ground because someone is always writing on the ground with chalk, so they can get the word out. I can go the recreation center and play basketball, work-out, take a yoga class, rock climb and many other great activities.
Bang for the buck
I am attending a school that doesn't cost as much as the other colleges that I considered going to. I also appreciate the fact that they offer scholarships for their students too. You will not be upset that you chose WMU because they have so many jobs that you can apply for on campus and off campus. You can have money in your pocket and help pay off your tuition. In your meal plans they have BroncoBucks which allows you to use that money to catch a quick snack at any of the cafes around the campus.
Tips for prospective students
I would say when you consider a college/university make sure you visit the campus a few times. Make sure that you connect with the people and the campus. Also know that the academics are top notch. Yes, college is a fun experience but your studies come first. You will see at WMU that we study first and play later and that's the kind of school you school be looking for. There are plenty things to do after all the hard work of studying is done like plays, student organizations, the recreation center and much more. We have all that you are looking for; great people, academics, food, events, organizations, safety, and love.
Great for these types of students
WMU has been name one of the top schools in 2011 already! You can look up facts about the school and they are all true. We have a great College of Aviation and also Business College. WMU is for someone that is sociable and if not you will turn into one. It's for a student that loves to be interactive. This is a place for someone that will represent their university with pride. If you have great heart and spirit come to WMU because it's always a great day to be a BRONCO!
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Christopher from Concord, MI

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I would have to base this question off of lots of different things, i am learning a lot academically but who doesn't when the step in the front door to college? I also am learning a lot about myself that I never knew, i am learning how to deal with people who get on my case. Students coming you the best thing i can tell you is TIME MANAGE.
Am enjoying being here
I love living on campus the fact that all of these people live around me and there is never a dull moment living here. Kalamazoo is a great town there is a great night life downtown which is not far at all.
Bang for the buck
Dorm life is a little high for the price but i really think that for the money you cant beat WMU, the professor are always nice and willing to work with you, the Teacher Assistants on the other hand can be more difficult to work with
Tips for prospective students
go into your dorm blind don't live with someone you know you wont make as many friends as you would with someone random. Become friends with the RA he/she is a great asset to you and he/she is not here just to get you into trouble. Also if you start to see the same faces in your classes when you get here befriend them they are your best study groups.
Great for these types of students
Any one who is willing to come and have a great time at college is encouraged to come and look at what Western Michigan University has to offer. As they say here GRAB THE REIGNS AT WESTERN..... GO BRONCOS
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