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WMU Admission Requirements

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Chances of getting into Western Michigan University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
81.1%
Admission Difficulty for Western Michigan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into WMU and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #39 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 13,829 out of 17,051 applicants were admitted making Western Michigan University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent. Western Michigan University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at WMU, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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WMU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
990-1190
Applicants Submitting SAT
82%
SAT Scores for Western Michigan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for Western Michigan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Michigan University?

Western Michigan University typically requires applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 890. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. The school ranks #22 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 82 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Michigan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1190 and Above Good >88%
1090 to 1190 Avg + 81%-88%
990 to 1090 Avg - 71%-81%
890 to 990 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 890 Low <60%
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WMU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT
33%
ACT Scores for Western Michigan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Western Michigan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into WMU?

Admission data indicates that WMU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score. 33 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Michigan University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Michigan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
26 and Above Good >88%
23 to 26 Avg + 81%-88%
20 to 23 Avg - 71%-81%
17 to 20 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 17 Low <60%
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WMU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.28
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Western Michigan University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into WMU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Michigan University was 3.28 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #23 in Michigan for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.28 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as WMU accepts 81% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Michigan University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 19% Good
3.50 to 3.75 13% Good
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 18% Avg +
2.75 to 3.00 31% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

70% of Western Michigan University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Western Michigan University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 10%
Top 25% of class 31%
Top 50% of class 70%
Bottom 50% of class 30%
Bottom 25% of class 4%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Michigan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,237 7,814 17,051
Accepted 7,545 6,284 13,829
Acceptance Rate 82% 80% 81%
Enrolled 1,486 1,537 3,023
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 24% 22%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Michigan University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Western Michigan University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Western Michigan University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
C
Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

M
University of Michigan Flint

Flint, Michigan

S
Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

N
Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

I
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

C
Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

I
Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=172699 IPEDS survey data for Western Michigan University.

FAQs

Does Western Michigan University prefer SAT or ACT?

82% of students submit their SAT scores to WMU. 33% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Western Michigan University?

81% of those who apply are granted admission to WMU. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Western Michigan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1190. 82% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Western Michigan University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 33% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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