September 2019
Answer the August/September Question of the Month regarding service provided by Family Engagement.
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Important Dates
Sept. 10: Part-time Job Fair

Sept. 11: Last day to receive 50% refund for partial withdrawal

Sept. 15: JC Penney Suit Up event 

Sept. 23: Last day to receive 50% refund for complete withdrawal

Sept.25: Engineering Expo  2019

Sept.30:Spring 2020 course offerings open for viewing
 
Oct.4: Open House
 
Oct.5: 2019 China Festival

October 11-13: Family Weekend and Homecoming 
 
Oct. 15. Midterm grades due

Oct. 16-18: Fall recess (residence halls open with reduced services)

Oct. 21: Last day to receive 25% refund for complete withdrawal; Spring 2020 registration begins
Looking Ahead
Oct. 25: Admissions Open House

Oct. 28: Last day to withdraw from classes

Nov.1: Transfer Student Preview day 

Nov. 8: Admissions Open House 

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving break begins at noon (residence halls open with reduced services)

Dec. 1: Last day to apply for Spring graduation

Dec. 9-12: Final exams week

Dec 14: Residence halls close at 7 p.m.

Dec. 14: Commencement

Dec. 17: Fall semester grades posted late in the day

Dec.30,2019: Spring semester tuition and fees due

Jan. 5: Residence halls re-open at 10 a.m.

Jan. 6: Spring semester classes begin

Complete University calendar of events.  
 
Financial Aid 
October 1 is right around the corner and is the first day to file the 
2020-21  FAFSA  
(Free Application
for Federal 
Student Aid). 
Prepare to file early!
Article of the Month
Being Lonely Freshman Year


This article shares some helpful tips and insights about the transition to college and feelings of loneliness. 
Family Weekend and Homecoming
Check out the Family Weekend   website  for complete information about Family Weekend and Homecoming events and activities, Oct. 11-13.
Highlights of the weekend include the pregame tailgate, family friendly activities and fun for everyone, Bronco football vs. Miami University, and Sunday brunch in the Valley Dining Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I plan to arrive? 
Your arrival in Kalamazoo depends on your interests. Events taking place on Friday evening include two theatrical productions by the WMU Theatre department and local theaters, and WMU's Night of Excellence.

How do I order tickets?
You can order event tickets through the Bronco   ticket office  with the promotion code FAMILY or call (269) 387-8092.

Does my WMU student need a ticket to the pre-game tailgate stampede?   
Yes. All tailgate attendees need to purchase a ticket (wrist band). This is a "can't miss" event with a DJ, entertainment and fun activities for the whole family.

Can I sit with my WMU student at the football game? 
Yes. WMU students get into the game for free by showing their Bronco ID card. Family and friends can purchase football tickets and sit with their WMU student in the student section (which spans one entire side of the stadium).

Tell me about the Sunday Brunch.
Our annual Family Weekend Sunday Brunch will be in the Valley Dining Center.  Advance ticket purchase is available for families. WMU students with a valid meal plan or dining dollars do not need a ticket - they can swipe their Bronco ID card. Delicious food in a beautiful setting - what better way to enjoy time with your student?   


REMINDER:
Waldo Stadium has a  clear bag policy. Order your clear Bronco bag from the WMU Bookstore.   

Sending Mail/Packages to Campus
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Make sure you use the correct mailing address format for mail and packages sent to your student. Click here for complete information and follow the instructions exactly to ensure there are no delays.

No time to create a care package? The Gold'n Brown Bakery is right here on campus with a variety of goodies to celebrate your student. Campus delivery service is available.
Career Preparation
Encourage your student to consider this opportunity to build their career-ready wardrobe at affordable prices.
Help Your Student Avoid Registration Holds 
Did you know your student may still need to submit a final high school transcript to complete their file? 
This is in addition to the high school transcript submitted when they applied. The final high school transcript shows grades for all courses taken during their senior year and a graduation date.
 
Students are notified of this requirement at the time of admission and receive additional reminders leading up to their enrollment at WMU. If students do not submit final college transcripts by  the time they enroll, a hold will be placed on their record which will impact their ability to register, update future registrations, or receive financial aid. Students can view the hold on their WMU Login.
 
If you think your student needs to submit a final college transcript, encourage them to visit wmich.edu/apply/transcripts to find out how and where to send them.
WMU Family Engagement
Campus Location: 2113 Faunce Student Services
wmu-parents@wmich.edu
(269) 387-4820