One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged.
Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature.
Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has classified WMU as one of only 139 public institutions it considers research universities. In addition, U.S. News & World Report has recognized it as one of the nation’s best universities for the past 21 years, and for the past 14 years, has listed it among the top-100 public universities in the United States.
Home to a thriving undergraduate honors college, WMU is one
of four public universities in Michigan to be granted its own
chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most widely
recognized academic honor society in the nation. Fewer than
100 public universities in the country have been
selected to shelter a chapter.
The University has garnered such success by encouraging an emphasis on both teaching and research. Many of WMU’s more than 915 full-time faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research, helping to enhance the body of knowledge and, at the same time, ensuring their students have access to the most current information.
Engagement with the communities it serves, innovation and outreach to enhance economic development have become the University’s hallmarks in recent years. WMU plays an integral part in efforts to diversify the state’s economy and has partnered locally with two world-class teaching hospitals to launch a new medical school in 2014.
In recent years, the University also has focused on access to technology for both faculty and students, becoming one of the first major universities in the nation to offer campuswide wireless computing.