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It is now also home to the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections new location, the Charles C. "Erected" in 2003, the .5 million building Floyd Hall is 343,000 square feet (31,900 m The school offers 17 undergraduate engineering, technology and applied sciences programs, while the graduate level, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 9 master programs, and 6 doctoral programs.
The College of Aviation, with over 950 undergraduate students, offers one of the largest and most prestigious (top 3) Flight Science programs in the United States.
Recently constructed buildings on West Campus include the Western Heights dormitory and the Chemistry Building, which replaces aging Mc Cracken Hall. A large entertainment venue seating nearly 3500 people, it is Michigan's fourth largest auditorium.
Miller Auditorium hosts events ranging from popular musicals and concerts to graduation commencements and film screenings.
Additionally the College of Aviation has a fleet of Piper PA-44 Seminole, one Cirrus SR-22, one Piper PA-18 Super Cub, and one American Champion Decathlon used for flight training. The project's cost was around million, 95% of the money coming from the government. Privately funded and created in partnership with Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital, the school was seeded by a 0 million cash donation from Dr.
Homer Stryker's granddaughter, Ronda Stryker, and her husband William Johnston, a WMU trustee – the largest cash gift ever given to a college or university in Michigan.
The University was first officially known as Western State Normal School, and originally offered a two-year training program. Most of the oldest and original WMU buildings and "classrooms" are collectively known as East Campus, directly East from the more central "West Campus".
It contains many of the university's historical buildings including, East Hall, West Hall, North Hall, Walwood Hall, Spindler Hall, Vandercook Hall, and The Little Theater.
Many of these buildings are on a hill overlooking the city of Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo was chosen as the new school's location on August 28, 1903.
Other locations considered included Allegan, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Decatur, Three Oaks, and Hastings.
Access to the East Campus site was an issue because of the steep grade elevating it above the city.