Western Michigan University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,020
4.26% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$15,219
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
7.07%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
82.3%
14,263 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
22,869
70.7% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
50.8%
1,589 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 (308 degrees awarded), Other Health & Medical Administrative Services (205 degrees), and Other Marketing (174 degrees).

In 2017, 5,499 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Michigan University. 53.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,118 degrees), 9.74 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (423 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $11,020, which is $-15,480 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Michigan University is $11,020, which is $-15,480 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,219.

In 2017, 57% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,020
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Western Michigan University was $11,020. The cost of tuition at Western Michigan University is $-15,480 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$15,219
2017 Value
1.74%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Western Michigan University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,219. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Western Michigan University grew by 1.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,254
Room and Board
$948
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Michigan University was of $9,254 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $948. The cost of room and board increased by 1.2% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.07% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

57% of undergraduate students at Western Michigan University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 5% with respect to 2016, when 60% 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.
7.07%
2016 Default Rate
405
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Western Michigan University was 7.07%, which represents 405 out of the 5725 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 14,263 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 4.77% annual growth. Out of those 14,263 applicants, 11,741 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 82.3% acceptance rate.

There were 22,869 students enrolled at Western Michigan University in 2017, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Michigan University has an overall enrollment yield of 27.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

82.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
11,741
Accepted Out of 14,263

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Michigan University was 82.3% (11,741 admissions from 14,263 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 82.3%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 4.77%, while admissions grew by 4.78%.

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SAT Scores

69%
Submission Percentage
2,203
Scores Submitted

69% of enrolled first-time students at Western Michigan University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Michigan University has a total enrollment of 22,869 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University is 16,173 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,696. This means that 70.7% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 68.7% White, 11.2% Black or African American, 5.61% Hispanic or Latino, 3.44% Two or More Races, 2.16% Asian, 0.433% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0831% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Michigan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (35.7%), followed by White Female (34.1%) and Black or African American Female (7.05%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (44.7%), followed by White Male (21.3%) and Black or African American Female (4.41%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Michigan University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,869 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Michigan University is 16,173 and the part-time enrollment is 6,696. This means that 70.7% of students enrolled at Western Michigan University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%
2017 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 78%. 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
    15,721
  2. Black or African American
    2,562
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,283

The enrolled student population at Western Michigan University is 68.7% White, 11.2% Black or African American, 5.61% Hispanic or Latino, 3.44% Two or More Races, 2.16% Asian, 0.433% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0831% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 184 students (0.805%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 411 more women than men received degrees from Western Michigan University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Michigan University are white (4,118 degrees awarded). There were 9.74 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (423 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Michigan University is Other Multidisciplinary Studies (308 degrees awarded), followed by Other Health & Medical Administrative Services (205 degrees) and Other Marketing (174 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 (131 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (347 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (244 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 Software developers (356,315 people), Other managers (348,395 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (303,803 people), Civil engineers (229,005 people), and Social workers, all other (175,205 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (131 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (347 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (244 degrees), Human Sciences (133 degrees), and Engineering (432 degrees).

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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 Personal financial advisors, Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (131 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (347 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (244 degrees), Human Sciences (133 degrees), and Engineering (432 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 Computer Systems Design (416,252 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (394,818 people), Elementary & secondary schools (296,712 people), Construction (263,186 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (230,115 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Michigan University are Transportation (131 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (347 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (244 degrees), Human Sciences (133 degrees), and Engineering (432 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. 308 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 205 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 174 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Michigan University was Other Multidisciplinary Studies with 308 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 2,544
  2. 2,955

In 2017, 2,544 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University, which is 0.861 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,955).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 149 degrees were awarded to men at Western Michigan University in Other Multidisciplinary Studies, which is 0.925 times less than the 161 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 177 degrees were awarded to women at Western Michigan University in Social Work, which is 5.53 times more than the 32 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

23%
100% Completion Time
54%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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 59% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Michigan University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 0.378% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,118 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    423 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    218 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Michigan University is white (4,118 degrees awarded). There were 9.74 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (423 degrees).

0.727% of degree recipients (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,289 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,829 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    243 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Michigan University is white female (2,289 degrees awarded). There were 1.25 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,829 degrees).

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Operations

Western Michigan University has an endowment valued at nearly $387M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $15.6M (4.05%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Western Michigan University had a total salary expenditure of $577M. Western Michigan University employs 356 Professors, 251 Associate professors, and 183 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Michigan University are Male Professors (240), Male Associate professors(132), and Female Associate professors (119).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 336 employees, Service, with 321 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 223 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$387M
2017 Endowment
11.9%
growth from 2016

Western Michigan University has an endowment valued at about $387M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Michigan University grew 11.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $100M 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. $14.3M - Federal
  2. $4.15M - State
  3. $251k - Local

As of 2017, Western Michigan University received $14.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.15M from state grants and contracts, and $251k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$224M
2017 Salaries
2.13%
growth from 2016

In 2017, Western Michigan University paid a median of $224M in salaries, which represents 38.7% of their overall expenditure ($577M) and a 2.13% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.07% decline from 2015 and a 1.56% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$77.9M
Instructional Salaries
864
Number of Employees

In 2017, Western Michigan University paid a total of $77.9M to 864 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $61.3M (31.9%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity.

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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
336 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Michigan University were Professor with 356 employees; Associate professor with 251 employees; and Associate professor with 183 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University were Office and Administrative Support with 336 employees; Service with 321 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 223 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 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Michigan University was Male Professor with 240 employees, Male Associate professor with 132 employees, and Female Associate professor with 119 employees.

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

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