Western Michigan University (WMU)

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WMU can be found in Kalamazoo, MI, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. WMU enrolls about 22,000 students each year.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores within the range of 1000 (25th percentile) to 1210 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 19 (25th percentile) to 26 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants that get into this school. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the WMU average GPA range for accepted students is around 2.98 - 3.38. Western Michigan University admits approximately 80% of those that apply. Of those that are admitted, nearly 21% registered for enrollment. When applying historical data, we have projected that the WMU acceptance rate 2021 will be around 75%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wmich.edu.

Overall WMU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Western Michigan University was reported as 79.9% in Fall 2020 with over 17,700 applications submitted to WMU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • WMU ACT Scores: 19 - 26
  • WMU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Michigan University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of WMU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Western Michigan University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 82.3%
  • 2017-2018: 82.3%
  • 2018-2019: 81.1%
  • 2019-2020: 79.9%
  • Projected WMU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 75.3%

How Does WMU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Western Michigan University is forty-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Grand Valley State University83.4%
University of Notre Dame15.8%
Michigan State University71.1%
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne81.4%
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor22.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to WMU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 610
Math500 - 600
Total Score1000 - 1210
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 25
Math17 - 26
Composite Score19 - 26
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