ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN
Western Michigan University is led by Dr. Edward
Montgomery, a dynamic leader and nationally
known labor economist. He has served as the
University’s ninth president since Aug. 1, 2017.
During his tenure, he has launched several key
initiatives at WMU, including endeavors focused
on student success and revitalizing major
portions of campus. President Montgomery has
more than 35 years in the academy, but also
considerable experience at the top levels of
government. He served as chief economist and
as deputy secretary of labor under President Bill
Clinton. And during President Barack Obama’s
tenure, President Montgomery led the White
House Council for Auto Communities and
Founded in 1903, WMU is a national research
university building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way
that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. WMU promotes success for all learners and
stands out among America’s more than 4,600 public and private degree-granting colleges and universities.
WMU graduates are positioned to do well in life. Within three months of graduation, 91 percent of alumni are employed,
in military service or full-time volunteer work, or continuing their education; 89 percent are satisfied with their jobs; and
86 percent have jobs related to their degree. And in its home state of Michigan, WMU is the best public university for
graduate success based on 10 years of earnings following enrollment. The University ranks #1 in graduate earnings and
#2 in graduation rates as measured among students across all socio-economic backgrounds. Broncos get the support
to emerge ready, driven and strong.
DYNAMIC, DIVERSE CAMPUS
The University enrolls nearly 23,000 students from across the U.S. and more than 100 other nations. As a public
university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning and service, and is committed to enhancing the
future of our global citizenry.
PROLIFIC, EXCELLENT PROGRAMS
WMU offers scores of undergraduate and graduate degrees. It ranks second among Michigan’s 15 public universities in
the number of bachelor’s programs offered. The University’s academic excellence also is well known. WMU has many
highly rated programs, including graduate programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
SMALL CLASS SIZES
WMU undergraduates have ample opportunities to work closely with faculty researchers and artists, despite the
institution’s size and complexity. WMU has a 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and two-thirds of undergraduate classes
have 30 or fewer students.
WMU is one of 135 public universities classified as doctoral university, high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation.
In federal expenditures, the University is in the top 200 public universities overall in total research spending. With
research expertise in mobility, autism, the environment, addiction, education and evaluation, WMU invests in its faculty,
graduate and undergraduate students to impact lives. From innovation to tech startups, WMU is accelerating discovery
focused on the public good.