Western Michigan University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$14,523
8.92% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$20,030
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.07%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
84.6%
20,501 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
17,000
74.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
55.1%
1,591 Graduates

About

Western Michigan University is a higher education institution located in Kalamazoo County, MI. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Western Michigan University were General Aeronautics & Aerospace Science & Technology (214 degrees awarded), General Finance (182 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (175 degrees).

In 2022, 5,086 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Michigan University. 57.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,404 degrees), 7.81 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (436 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $14,523, which is $−15,627 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $14,523, which is $−15,627 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,030.

In 2022, 94% of undergraduate students attending Western Michigan University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$14,523
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Western Michigan University was $14,523. The cost of tuition at Western Michigan University is $−15,627 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$20,030
2022 Value
1.42%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Western Michigan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,030. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Western Michigan University grew by 1.42%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,884
Room and Board
$1,106
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Michigan University was of $10,884 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,106. The cost of books and supplies increased by 12.1% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

94%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

94% of undergraduate students at Western Michigan University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.44% with respect to 2021, when 90% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.07%
2019 Default Rate
107
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Western Michigan University was 2.07%, which represents 107 out of the 5161 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Western Michigan University received 20,501 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 8.74% annual growth. Out of those 20,501 applicants, 17,334 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.6% acceptance rate.

There were 17,000 students enrolled at Western Michigan University in 2022. 46% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Michigan University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
17,334
Accepted Out of 20,501

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Michigan University was 84.6% (17,334 admissions from 20,501 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 82.8%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 8.74%, while admissions grew by 11%..

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SAT Scores

46%
Submission Percentage (2022)
1,196
Scores Submitted (2022)

46% of enrolled first-time students at Western Michigan University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Michigan University had a total enrollment of 17,000 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University is 12,696 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,304. This means that 74.7% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66.9% White, 8.14% Black or African American, 7.88% Hispanic or Latino, 3.69% Two or More Races, 3.02% Asian, 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0588% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Michigan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.3%), followed by White Male (34.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.39%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.5%), followed by White Male (16.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.71%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Michigan University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,000 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University is 12,696 and the part-time enrollment is 4,304. This means that 74.7% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Western Michigan University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Western Michigan University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    11,381 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    1,383 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,339 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University is 66.9% White, 8.14% Black or African American, 7.88% Hispanic or Latino, 3.69% Two or More Races, 3.02% Asian, 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0588% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 310 students (1.82%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 728 more women than men received degrees from Western Michigan University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Michigan University is white (3,404 degrees awarded). There were 7.81 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (436 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Michigan University is General Aeronautics & Aerospace Science & Technology (214 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (182 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (175 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Michigan University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Transportation (214 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (160 degrees), and Engineering (363 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Software developers (468,358 people), Other managers (426,499 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (352,156 people), Civil engineers (283,449 people), and Mechanical engineers (208,873 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University in 2022 are Transportation (214 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (160 degrees), Engineering (363 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (272 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (208 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (214 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (160 degrees), Engineering (363 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (272 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (208 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Computer Systems Design (545,359 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (466,025 people), Elementary & secondary schools (419,632 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (355,433 people), and Construction (350,653 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (214 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (160 degrees), Engineering (363 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (272 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (208 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Western Michigan University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 214 degrees awarded
  2. 182 degrees awarded
  3. 175 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Michigan University was General Aeronautics & Aerospace Science & Technology with 214 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,179
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,907
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,179 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University, which is 0.75 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,907).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 195 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University in General Aeronautics & Aerospace Science & Technology, which is 10.3 times more than the 19 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 116 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University in Occupational Therapy, which is 9.67 times more than the 12 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

27%
100% Completion Time
57%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 27% of students graduating from Western Michigan University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 60% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (83.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Western Michigan University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (83.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.44% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,404 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    436 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    343 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Michigan University is white (3,404 degrees awarded). There were 7.81 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (436 degrees).

1.4% of degree recipients (71 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,940 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,464 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    283 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Michigan University is white female (1,940 degrees awarded). There were 1.33 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1464 degrees).

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Operations

Western Michigan University has an endowment valued at nearly $557M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−5.31%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Western Michigan University had a total salary expenditure of 496M. Western Michigan University employs 299 Professors, 210 Associate professors and 164 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Michigan University are Male Professor (193), Male Associate professor (108), and Female Professor (106).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University are: Service, with 269 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 212 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 200 employees.

Endowment

$557M
2022 Endowment
12.1%
growth from 2021

Western Michigan University has an endowment valued at about $557M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Michigan University grew 12.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $184M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $18.9M - Federal
  2. $3.16M - State
  3. $150k - Local

As of 2022, Western Michigan University received $18.9M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.16M from state grants and contracts, and $150k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$200M
2022 Salaries
3.7%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Western Michigan University paid a median of $200M in salaries, which represents 40.2% of their overall expenditure ($496M) and a 3.7% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$70.5M
Instructional Salaries
737
Number of Employees

In 2022, Western Michigan University paid a total of $70.5M to 737 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
299 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
269 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Michigan University were Professor with 299 employees, Associate professor with 210 employees, and Assistant professor with 164 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University were Service with 269 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 212 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 200 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Michigan University was Male Professor with 193 employees, Male Associate professor with 108 employees, and Female Professor with 106 employees.

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