Western Michigan University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,570

4.59% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,489

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

6.64%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

82.3%

13,613 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

23,227

69.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

52.7%

1,765 Graduates

About

Western Michigan University is a higher education institution located in Kalamazoo County, MI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Michigan University were Other Multidisciplinary Studies (274 degrees awarded), Other Health & Medical Administrative Services (173 degrees), and General Psychology (146 degrees).

In 2016, 5,392 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Michigan University. 53.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,971 degrees), 8.92 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (445 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $10,570, which is $-15,286 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $10,570, which is $-15,286 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,489.

In 2016, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 64% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,570

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Western Michigan University was $10,570. The cost of tuition at Western Michigan University is $-15,286 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$15,489

2016 Value

0.853%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Western Michigan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,489. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Western Michigan University grew by 0.853%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,144

Room and Board

$938

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Michigan University was of $9,144 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $938. The cost of room and board increased by 2.47% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.08% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Western Michigan University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 7.69% with respect to 2015, when 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

6.64%

2015 Default Rate

400

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Western Michigan University was 6.64%, which represents 400 out of the 6023 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Western Michigan University received 13,613 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 10.3% annual decline. Out of those 13,613 applicants, 11,205 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 82.3% acceptance rate.

There were 23,227 students enrolled at Western Michigan University in 2016, and 1% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Michigan University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

82.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

11,205

Accepted Out of 13,613

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Michigan University was 82.3% (11,205 admissions from 13,613 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 82.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -10.3%, while admissions declined by -10.4%.

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SAT Scores

1%

Submission Percentage

43

Scores Submitted

1% of enrolled first-time students at Western Michigan University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Michigan University has a total enrollment of 23,227 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University is 16,201 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,026. This means that 69.8% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 69.1% White, 11.3% Black or African American, 5.12% Hispanic or Latino, 3.24% Two or More Races, 2% Asian, 0.413% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0732% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Michigan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (36.1%), followed by White Female (34%) and Black or African American Female (7.39%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (46.2%), followed by White Male (19.9%) and Black or African American Female (4.16%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

69.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Michigan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23,227 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University is 16,201 and the part-time enrollment is 7,026. This means that 69.8% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%

2016 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 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Western Michigan University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    16,061

  2. Black or African American

    2,628

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,190

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University is 69.1% White, 11.3% Black or African American, 5.12% Hispanic or Latino, 3.24% Two or More Races, 2% Asian, 0.413% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0732% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 211 students (0.908%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 392 more women than men received degrees from Western Michigan University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Michigan University are white (3,971 degrees awarded). There were 8.92 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (445 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Michigan University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (274 degrees awarded), followed by Other Health & Medical Administrative Services (173 degrees) and General Psychology (146 degrees).

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 (111 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (310 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (246 degrees).

Workforce

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 Social workers (203,008 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (144,875 people), Miscellaneous managers (99,636 people), Counselors (61,513 people), and Postsecondary teachers (54,804 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (111 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (310 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (246 degrees), Language & Linguistics (84 degrees), and Human Sciences (131 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Public relations specialists, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Marketing & sales managers, and Physicians & surgeons

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (111 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (310 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (246 degrees), Language & Linguistics (84 degrees), and Human Sciences (131 degrees).

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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 Elementary & secondary schools (281,771 people), Hospitals (177,877 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (128,677 people), Individual & family services (122,000 people), and Outpatient care centers (71,386 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (111 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (310 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (246 degrees), Language & Linguistics (84 degrees), and Human Sciences (131 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 274 degrees awarded

  2. 173 degrees awarded

  3. 146 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Michigan University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 274 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,500

  2. 2,892

In 2016, 2,500 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University, which is 0.864 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,892).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 180 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.2 times more than the 82 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 164 degrees were awarded to women at Western Michigan University in Social Work, which is 4.97 times more than the 33 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%

100% Completion Time

54%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 23% of students graduating from Western Michigan University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 54% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 58% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (60.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Michigan University is Female and White (60.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.19% of graduates (21 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,971 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    445 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    238 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Michigan University is white (3,971 degrees awarded). There were 8.92 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (445 degrees).

1.09% of degree recipients (59 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,172 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,799 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    258 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Michigan University is white female (2,172 degrees awarded). There were 1.21 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,799 degrees).

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Operations

Western Michigan University has an endowment valued at nearly $330M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.26M (0.382%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Western Michigan University had a total expenditure of $542M. Of that $542M, they spent $223M on salaries and $542M on benefits.

Western Michigan University employs 356 Professors, 257 Associate professors, and 182 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Michigan University are Male Professors (246), Male Associate professors(133), and Female Associate professors (124).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 339 employees, Service, with 336 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 225 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$330M

2015 Endowment

3.14%

growth from 2014

Western Michigan University has an endowment valued at about $330M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Michigan University grew 3.14% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $59.1M 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. $12.8M - Federal

  2. $3.4M - State

  3. $169k - Local

As of 2015, Western Michigan University received $12.8M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.4M from state grants and contracts, and $169k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$223M

Salary Expenditure

$542M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Western Michigan University had a total expenditure of $542M. Of that $542M, they spent $223M on salaries and $542M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Western Michigan University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$223M

2015 Salaries

1.56%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Western Michigan University paid a median of $223M in salaries, which represents 41.2% of their overall expenditure ($542M) and a 1.56% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.924% growth from 2013 and a 1.45% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$76M

Instructional Salaries

883

Number of Employees

In 2015, Western Michigan University paid a total of $76M to 883 employees working as instructors, which represents 34% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

356 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

339 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Michigan University were Professor with 356 employees; Associate professor with 257 employees; and Associate professor with 182 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University were Office and Administrative Support with 339 employees; Service with 336 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 225 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Michigan University was Male Professor with 246 employees, Male Associate professor with 133 employees, and Female Associate professor with 124 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Western Michigan University.

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