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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$25,928 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
13,613 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
69.8% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,765 Graduates

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The median in-state tuition at Western Michigan University is $10,570, which is $3,579 more than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $25,928, which is 245% of the cost for in-state students, and is $7,552 more than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

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.

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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.

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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, 0.41% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.07% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Michigan University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (23.4%), followed by White Female (22%) and Black or African American Female (4.79%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (2.29%), followed by White Male (0.99%) and Black or African American Female (0.21%).

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In 2016, 392 more women than men graduated from Western Michigan University. The majority of students graduating from Western Michigan University are White. These 3,971 graduates mean that there were 8.92 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 445 graduates.

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

The most specialized major across all degree types at Western Michigan University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Transportation, with 111 graduates, followed by Interdisciplinary Studies with 310 graduates and Public Administration and Social Service with 246 graduates.


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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 (0.38%), compared to the 1.09% average return ($2.96M on $270M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Western Michigan University had a total expenditure of $542M. Of that $542M, they spent $223M on salaries and $93.8M on benefits.

Western Michigan University employs 356 Professors, 266 Associate professors, and 190 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Michigan University are Male Professors (246), Male Associate professors (146), and Female Associate professors (120).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Michigan University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 356 employees, Service, with 338 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 221 employees.



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