Central Michigan University

106 Warriner Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI

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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)

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, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Central Michigan University is around 27,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 13% 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 $14,200. 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:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$14,000
    • Out-of-State: $23,000-$27,460
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $400-$470 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $790-$950 per 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 Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships81%$8,150
Receiving Student Loans80%$7,028

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 59%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years21%
Graduating in 5 Years30%
Graduating in 6 Years9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Graduate Teacher Education Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology 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 (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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