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Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It is situated on a park-like campus of more than 400 acres.  CMU offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. CMU also offers professional degrees.  CMU has built its reputation as a large university with a small college feeling, and a focus on student leadership and civic engagement.

In addition to its main Mount Pleasant Campus, CMU offers programs at more than 60 locations throughout Michigan, the U.S., and the world. It offers online courses for distance learning in many degree programs. CMU was named a "military-friendly" university by magazines such as G.I. Jobs and Advanced Military Education.

The faculty and programs at CMU are considered top-notch, and CMU is ranked in the top 20 research institutions in the U.S.  One of its research programs is involved in helping the Pentagon develop a filtration technology system to remove hazardous materials and contaminants from water.


Central Michigan University was founded in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute. It offered courses in teaching, business and stenography, with formal teacher training as the primary focus.  Classes were originally held in second-floor rooms in an office building in downtown Mount Pleasant. Land was acquired in 1894, and the first school buildings were constructed on the current campus.

By 1909, many of the first teachers trained at "Central" were teaching in schools across the U.S., and also in Canada, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. By 1910, the school had expanded its offering of academic study programs. By 1918, Central was offering its first bachelor's degree.  As programs developed and expanded over the years, the name of the school changed several times, until it became Central Michigan University.


The academic calendar for Central Michigan University follows the semester format, with fall (August - December), spring (January - May) and summer (May - August) semesters.  Online programs have shorter terms throughout the year so students can move through their programs relatively quickly.

Colleges and Schools

CMU designates its colleges and schools as "academic units," as follows:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science and Technology
  • The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Medicine

Academic programs at CMU are organized into the following categories:

  • American Indian Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Health-related
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Liberal and Fine Arts
  • Pre-Professional
  • Science and Technology
  • Teacher Education

Student Life

Students are very engaged at CMU, with senior-level students exceeding that national average for participation in co-curricular activities by nearly 20 percent. There are many student clubs, groups and organizations on the CMU campus, and many opportunities for involvement. Leadership opportunities are many, and at least 70 percent of CMU students volunteer or participate in community service during their time on campus.

CMU has many dining services on campus and 22 residence halls with many different options for campus living.  There is always ample space for first-year students, who are encouraged to live on campus to get the full college experience.


Some of CMU's athletic teams are champions, with the wrestling team winning 12 out of 13 championships. In 2011, the women's soccer team is ranked number one for the sixth consecutive year. CMU's athletic teams compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Indoor/Outdoor Track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

CMU has thousands of students around the world enrolled in degree programs through CMU Online.  In addition to its online programs and it flagship campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, CMU has 17 "off campus locations" in Michigan. It also has many satellite campuses or "off campus locations" in other states and countries including:

  • CMU in Metro Detroit (Several locations in Detroit, MI)
  • Camp Pendleton Center (Oceanside, CA)
  • Minot AFB Center (North Dakota)
  • Offutt AFB Center (Nebraska)
  • Fort Leavenworth Center (Kansas)
  • Fort Riley Center (Kansas)
  • Fort Polk Center (Louisiana)
  • Columbus Center (Ohio)
  • Wright Patterson AFB Center (Ohio)
  • Defense Supply Center - Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
  • Fort Hamilton Center (New York)
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (New Jersey)
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground Center (Maryland)
  • Andrews AFB Center (Maryland)
  • Fort Meade Center (Maryland)
  • Seymour Johnson AFB Center (North Carolina)
  • Kinston Center (North Carolina)
  • CMU in Georgia (Several locations in Atlanta, Georgia)
  • CMU in Metro DC (7 locations in Washington, DC)
  • CMU in Virginia (6 locations in Virginia)
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hawaii)
  • Schofield Center, Schofield Education Center (Hawaii)
  • Tripler Army Medical Center - Tripler (Hawaii)
  • CMU at George Brown College (Toronto, Canada)
  • CMU at Georgian College (Ontario, Canada)
  • CMU at Humber College (Toronto, Canada)
  • CMU at Loyalist College (Ontario, Canada)
  • CMU at Red River College (Winnipeg, Canada)
  • CMU at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (Mexico)
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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants Central Michigan University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting into Central Michigan University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English19 - 25
ACT ® Math19 - 25
ACT ® Composite Score20 - 25

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into CMU

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into CMU.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions12,670 (68%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,838 (30%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Central Michigan University is around 28,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 24% enrolling as graduate students and 76% as undergraduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $35 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $9,900-$12,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $21,000-$25,560
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $370-$440 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $790-$950 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships67%$7,115
Receiving Student Loans70%$6,764

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Central Michigan University may provide services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

Central Michigan University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 54%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years18%
Graduating in 5 Years26%
Graduating in 6 Years10%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Central Michigan University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Basketball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mid-American Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Mid-American Conference)
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies



  • Education (M)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Science Teacher Education (B)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances (B)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (B)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • Social Studies Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (C, D, M)
  • Technology Teacher Education Teacher Education (B, M)
  • Early Childhood Education (B, M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B, M)
  • History Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational, Instructional and Curriculum Supervision (M)
  • Elementary Education (B, M)
  • Physical Education (B, M)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • Adult and Continuing Education Administration (M)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation (B)
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education (B)
  • Special Education (M)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education (B)
  • Secondary Education (M)
  • Business Teacher Education (B)
  • Biology Teacher Education (B)
  • Speech Teacher Education (B)
  • Earth Science Teacher Education (B)
  • Teaching English As Second Language Instructor (M)
  • Health Teacher Education (B)
  • Middle School Education (M)
  • Chemistry Teacher Education (B, M)
  • French Language Teacher Education (B)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (C)
  • Teacher and Professional Development
  • Community College Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Health and Clinical Professions

Public Administration and Social Services

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Communications and Journalism

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Development (B)
  • Family Systems (B)
  • Human Nutrition (M)
  • Foodservice Administration and Management (B)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (M)

Social Sciences


Computer and Information Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Music Performance (M)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B)
  • Music Theory and Composition (B, M)
  • Acting (B)
  • Conducting (M)
  • Music Pedagogy (M)
  • Musical Theatre (B)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology

English Language and Literature

Engineering Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation


  • Interior Architecture (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature


Physical Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Legal Professions and Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Humanistic Studies (M)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science (B)
  • Gerontology (C)
  • Cognitive Science (B)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (B)
  • European Civilization Studies

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