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July 2012 


Important dates and reminders

 Fall semester current student

registration continues...  


Housing sign up for Fall continues... 


July 23: Last day to receive 25% refund for Summer ll complete withdrawal. Last day to withdraw from Summer ll


July 23: New student orientation session 


Aug. 1: Last day to apply for December graduation


Aug. 6: New student orientation session  


Aug. 10: Transfer Transition Program (orientation for new transfer students) 

Aug. 17: Summer II session ends


Aug. 21: Summer ll grades available through GoWMU late in the day


Aug. 27-Sept. 7: One Stop Convenience Center open 


Aug. 28-31: Fall Welcome for new students. Click here for move-in schedule.

Aug, 31: Returning students move into residence halls begins - 9 a.m. 


Sept 3: Labor Day Holiday


Sept 4: Fall 2012 Semester classes begin at 8 a.m.  

Tuition and fees due


Sept 7: Bronco Bash


Sept 8: CommUniverCity; Bronco Football vs. Eastern Illinois


Sept. 10: Last day to drop/add classes

Last day to receive 100% refund 


Sept. 12: $100 late add fee begins

Withdrawals recorded as "W" on transcript 


Looking Ahead   


Sept. 13: Last day to receive 90% refund for complete withdrawal


Sept. 17: Last day to receive 50% refund for partial withdrawal  


Sept 22: Bronco Football vs. UConn


Sept. 28: Last day to receive 50% refund for complete withdrawal 


Sept 29: Bronco Football vs. Toledo 


Oct. 5-6: Homecoming; Bronco Football vs. UMass


Oct. 24: Last day to receive 25% refund for complete withdrawal 


Oct. 26-28: Family Weekend: Bronco Football vs. N. Illinois  


Nov. 5: Last day to withdraw from classes


Nov. 21: Thanksgiving recess begins at noon. Residence halls open with limited service 


Click  here for complete University

calendar of events 


MyWMU Concierge Card

MyWMU Concierge Card
The WMU Family Connection business partner program is merging with with the MyWMU Concierge Card. As a current WMU Family Connection member, you can request a  personalized MyWMU discount card. This discount program will expand your discount opportunities when you visit Kalamazoo as well as offer additional savings.

Your WMU Family Connection membership remains your link to helpful information and date reminders.


Things to know...


WMU recognizes that sending your child off to college is a big transition for both student and family. We take every part of the student experience very seriously and strive to help our students - your children - make the safest, healthiest decisions possible.


WMU has developed online resources to educate our incoming students in three essential aspects of student life. All first-year students are required to complete three online modules by Aug. 24: Academic Success Choices, Financial Literacy 101 and AlcoholEdu for College.


The three modules are designed to provide focused information, tips and strategies that will help your student navigate, manage and balance the academic and social aspects of college life. Your student was notified earlier this week that these courses are available and can be accessed through GoWMU.


The online courses should be completed in the following order:

(1) Academic Success Choices

(2) Financial Literacy 101

(3) AlcoholEdu for College


AlcoholEdu for College is an online, non-opinionated, science-based alcohol abuse prevention course. This online program uses the latest prevention techniques and research to educate students about the impact of alcohol on the mind and body. Whether or not a student drinks alcohol, AlcoholEdu for College will empower your student to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help him or her better cope with the drinking behavior of peers.


Parents and family members are often the first line of defense against risky behaviors that may include alcohol misuse and abuse. AlcoholEdu for Parents is a resource we encourage ALL  parents, family members, and guardians to take advantage of. This free online program is designed to support your conversations about alcohol with your student to encourage responsible decisions.


The program includes:

  * A brief introduction and suggestions on the best way to start conversations about alcohol

 * An overview of the AlcoholEdu for College course structure and key concepts

 * Direct access to AlcoholEdu for College, in an easy-to-use format that allows you to navigate freely from chapter to chapter

  * Helpful resources, such as tips on talking to your college student about alcohol, fact sheets on alcohol's effect on the brain, how alcohol impairs learning and memory, and more.


Click here to login to AlcoholEdu for Parents


Again, the deadline for students to complete all three modules is Aug. 24. Please encourage your student to complete these requirements.


Fall Welcome  and Move-in Details  

Fall Welcome
is a four-day program that assists first-year students with their academic and social transitions to college life. Building on the foundation created at summer orientation, Fall Welcome will connect first-year students with WMU, other students, faculty, and staff. All first-year students are expected to attend Fall Welcome.


Students participating in a special program will move in on Monday, Aug. 27.  All students participating in Fall Welcome only will move in on Tuesday, Aug. 28.  Please plan to move your student in on the scheduled day and time as there is an additional  $75 charge for early move-in.

Click here for the move-in schedule and complete information for  students living in the residence halls.   



One Stop convenience for all students and families! 

The One Stop Convenience Center, located in the Bernhard Center, provides students and  families with one convenient location to take care of all their semester start up needs.

Representatives from the following offices will be available to assist you:
Accounts Receivable
Career and Student Employment Services 
Parent and Family Programs 
Financial Aid 
Information Technology 
Residence Life 
Parking Services 
Registrar's Office 
Sindecuse Health Center 

The Fall 2012 One Stop schedule is as follows:

Aug. 27-30: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Aug. 31: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sept. 4-6:  9  a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Sept. 7: 9 a.m. - noon    

SAVE THE DATE for Buster's Family Weekend Adventure 2012
Click here for information and check back frequently for updates! 

Parent and Family Programs 
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5348
(269) 387-4820