One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 71 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree. Home to a thriving undergraduate honors college, WMU is one of four public universities in Michigan to be granted its own chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most widely recognized academic honor society in the nation. Fewer than 100 public universities in the country have been selected to shelter a chapter. Also enriching the quality of campus life are nearly 300 registered student organizations and a full array of NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletic teams. The University has garnered such success by encouraging an emphasis on both teaching and research. Many of WMU̠s more than 861 full-time faculty members are engaged in cutting-edge research, helping to enhance the body of knowledge and, at the same time, ensuring their students have access to the most current information. Engagement with the communities it serves, innovation and outreach to enhance economic development have become the University̠s hallmarks in recent years. WMU plays an integral part in efforts to diversify the state̠s economy and has partnered locally with two world-class teaching hospitals to launch a new medical school in 2014. Both the faculty and the student body reflect WMU̠s reputation in the world and its commitment to diversity. The University attracts students from across the nation and from some 90 other countries. Minority students comprise nearly 18 percent of the student population, while international students make up an additional 5 percent. WMU̠s faculty members have been trained at some of the world̠s finest institutions, and they bring to the campus a global perspective that enhances the learning environment.WMU̠s campuses encompass more than 1,200 acres and 143 buildings, featuring some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. The main campus, located near downtown Kalamazoo, is able to house 6,205 students. It includes a large, well-equipped student recreation center and state-of-the-art facilities for business, chemistry, science research, health and human services, and visual and performing arts. The University̠s highly rated engineering college and thriving Business Technology and Research Park are based three miles away at the Parkview Campus, while its nationally recognized aviation college is based at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, Mich. Both the aviation campus and BTR Park are components of Michigan economic development SmartZones.