1957 : Western Michigan University Becomes State’s 4th University

February 26, 2024 all-day

Aerial photo of the Main Campus pedestrian mall filled with students and visitors enjoying the annual Bronco Bash.

On February 26, 1957, Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams signed a bill changing the name of Western Michigan College to Western Michigan University, making WMU the state’s 4th university.

Note : Campus and community members fill the Sangren Pedestrian Mall each fall for the Bronco Bash welcome-to-Western party.

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Western Michigan University Fast Facts