#6 Best Public Universities in Michigan

WMU Demographics & Diversity

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at WMU are mostly White with a smaller Black population. The school has low racial diversity. 28% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Western Michigan University students
Race Percent of Students
White 72%
Black 12%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 2%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
International 4%
Race Unknown 1%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Very High

There are 10% more female students than male students enrolled at Western Michigan University with a gender ratio of 52% women to 48% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, WMU has a higher gender diversity than other US colleges and is very inclusive of both genders.

Male to female gender ratio for Western Michigan University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 48%
Women 52%
Enrollment by gender for Western Michigan University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 8,678
Women 9,588

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

WMU serves a very low number of students outside of Michigan, with 75 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Western Michigan University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 75%
Out of State 23%
Foreign 2%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$69,141 per year

26% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 13.1%
Part time Undergrads 15.6%

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