Central Michigan University
Welcome to Central Michigan University, a nationally ranked institution that fosters the transformative power of advanced learning while embracing a sense of community among our students, faculty, staff and more than 235,000 alumni around the world.
From our roots as a teachers’ college, CMU offers an essential liberal arts foundation and nationally acclaimed programs in areas ranging from the health professions and engineering, to business and communications, and science and technology.
Our student and faculty researchers help preserve the earth’s resources, discover new ways to treat diseases, advance innovative ways to improve teaching and learning methods, and much more.
Our alumni are doctors, physical therapists and physician assistants. They are CEOs, lawyers and policymakers. They are top broadcasters and journalists, fashion designers and teachers.
Established in 1892, CMU has more than 16,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and more than 8,000 enrolled online and at more than 30 locations across North America. More than 20 percent of CMU’s main campus students supplement their on-campus classes with online courses.
Among just five percent of U.S. universities in the highest two Carnegie research classifications, CMU offers approximately 300 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.
In addition, CMU has established the nation’s 137th College of Medicine to address a growing shortage of primary care physicians in Michigan. The inaugural class of students graduated in May 2017.
CMU is a university where students, faculty, staff and alumni learn to pursue excellence, live with compassion and be leaders.
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Top reasons to study here
- Affordable Tuition
- Generous Scholarships and on-campus employment opportunities
- Great job and internship placement rates and opportunities
- Safe campus with 20+ commissioned officers and 5 local law enforcement agencies.
- Among 5% of US Universities in the highest two Carnegie Research Classifications
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about Central Michigan University
CMU is a nationally distinguished university with 27,452 students statewide and beyond. CMU enrolls approximately 19,634 students on the main Mount Pleasant campus. There are about 600 international students from over 60 countries represented on campus.
Central Michigan University is in its second century as an institution of higher learning focused on student-centered education. Central opened its doors on September 13, 1892, as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute, with classes in teaching, business and stenography. At that time, few of the state’s teachers received any formal training in teaching, so school founders made teacher training their mission in founding the state’s second normal school. Since then the school has undergone significant growth and change, yet still remains committed to preparing students for personal and professional success, as well as civic engagement, throughout their lives after graduation. And even though so much has changed over the last two centuries, Central Michigan University continues to uphold the values inscribed upon its seal in 1892: Sapientia, Virtus, Amicitia – wisdom, virtue, friendship.
Intensive English Program (IEP); Bachelor’s; Master’s; Doctoral
At CMU, our faculty and students work with state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques to tackle the world’s most pressing issues and find sustainable solutions based on research.
Focusing on everything from preservation of the Great Lakes to how neurological deterioration diseases compromise brain function, research teams at CMU are on a quest for answers.
Here you’ll find highlights of CMU’s innovative research endeavors. You’ll learn more about the latest discoveries, use of new technology, and grants awarded to our faculty and students.
The team at the Career Development Center can lend a hand in everything from choosing an area of study and potential career options to interview techniques, resume building and networking with employers.
No matter where students are from, going to college can be difficult. CMU is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive community to all of our students. International students will find support services tailored to their specific needs. Students have access to academic support, counselling, the career development center, public safety resources, multicultural services, and health services.
For questions on immigration and other government-related issues, the international student services staff will assist students. They also will help students with navigating resources around campus to assist them with successful adaptation to student life at CMU, as well as providing cultural events and outings that will enrich academic and cultural experiences.
Students can live in one of our 21 residence halls and you’ll soon be calling it home. Home because you’ll meet friends you’ll have for life. Home because everything is here you need to get involved, see academic success and feel connected.
Each residence hall is a community within a community. As a freshman, you can choose your path of a traditional residential life experience or a Living Learning Community where you join fellow Chippewas with similar academic interests or goals and achievements.
Our residency policy requires first and second-year students live in a residence hall or in Northwest Apartments (see exceptions).
Students who live on campus have higher grade point averages, are more satisfied with their college experience, are more engaged in co-curricular experiences, and more likely to graduate than students who live off campus. When you live on campus, you belong to a community that supports and encourages your success.
Upperclassmen, families and graduate students seek the conveniences of living on campus in Kewadin Village apartments, Northwest Apartments or a graduate student-housing.
CMU’s libraries host a variety of services for our students. Students can use the online databases and digital collects, get assistance from our librarians with research, and attend various events and exhibits in the Park Library. Academic support such as the Adobe Creative Campus, Math Assistance Center, the Office of Information Helpdesk, Statistical Consulting Center, Student Disability Services, and Writing Center can all be found at CMU’s Park Library.
The Office of Information Technology’s Help Desk is CMU’s main provider of technology support to all students, faculty, and staff University-wide, on or off-campus, 7 days a week. If they cannot answer your question, they will find someone that can, and route you to the appropriate department or person. Students get assistance with mobile devices, virtual labs, Microsoft Office applications, and personal computers. The Help Desk can be reached via phone, email, or live chat!
Healthy, happy, successful. They’re inseparable. CMU has countless options for pursuing good health … which in turn leads to happiness and success. CMU offers a state-of-the-art Student Activity Center with courts, tracks and a swimming pool. Our residential restaurants are filled with fresh, healthy food choices. Our health care offerings for students include: same-day appointments, routine care and physicals, basic cardiac screening, allergy injections, immunizations, and treatment for sports-related injuries. CMU also offers psychiatry services for students right on campus. Bottom line: we support your efforts to be active, eat right and pursue preventive health measures. That’s what strong communities do.
Your experience at Central Michigan University will shape your future and last for a lifetime.
Meet, greet, lead. Life at CMU is about community. Find your place in one of CMU’s 21 residence halls, some of which are themed halls, home to students with similar fields of study and career goals. Discover “Pure Michigan” right in your backyard. Kayak, hike and ski in Mount Pleasant or travel across the country with our High Adventure Club. Volunteer, get involved in the community or find one of nearly 400 student organizations to discover new experiences.
Fire Up Chips! You and your fellow Chippewas attend athletic events for free. We have Division I athletics, with championship football and more than 50 years of successful women’s basketball teams. Oh yeah, and we have a Quidditch club! You’ll play and work out in one of the finest college recreation facilities and largest intramural programs in America. Bring a water bottle. And good shoes.
Plenty to hashtag. Ke$ha. Laverne Cox. Tim Gunn. Dan + Shay, Gen. Colin Powell. When you’re done studying, take in a concert, listen to the life story of a guest speaker or express your deepest self at Kaya Coffee’s open mic. From special events to killer sushi, memorable moments await you and your friends on and off CMU’s campus. World-class academics. An active lifestyle. Friends for life. That’s CMU.
Looking for intramural sign-ups or simply a quiet space to stretch? CMU’s Student Activity Center has more than 175,000 square feet of accessible, modern facilities to shoot hoops, practice yoga, build muscle, play pool, and bowl the perfect game. The SAC is one of the premiere college recreational facilities in the entire Midwest!
Open year-round, the SAC offers cardio, strength and conditioning classes, as well as aquatics and water-safety instruction in an Olympic-sized pool. Students can sign up for club sports such as: archery, dodgeball, men’s and women’s hockey, paintball, rowing, soccer, and swimming. SAC membership is free to all CMU students. The SAC and University Recreation offer flexible schedules, wellness programs, personal trainers, and complimentary health assessments. Plus, there are residence hall fitness and weight rooms, athletic fields and trails throughout campus, and Mount Pleasant for you to experience. Focus your mind and train your body at CMU.
From the moment you step onto campus, you’ll be able to participate in any number of academic, cultural, honorary, political, professional, recreational and special interest groups to round out your college experience. Consider joining an intramural or club sport, or choose a group with travel opportunities so you can run, sail and fly all over the world. Discover how academic achievement, service and social interaction make up the Greek experience at CMU. Build confidence, your résumé, leadership skills, friendships and a new world view by joining a CMU student group. Check out a full list of CMU’s registered student organizations! Still can’t find what you’re looking for? At CMU, you can even start your own student club or organization.
Attending an accredited university adds tremendous value to a degree. Central Michigan University is proud to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a status first granted in 1915.
Colleges and programs receive additional specialized accreditation from leading agencies around the country. See our complete list.
We also are proud of several national rankings that set us apart from the more than 4,000 universities and colleges in the United States. These rankings include:
- The Society of Neuroscience named CMU’s neuroscience program the Best Undergraduate Program of the Year in the country.
- CMU’s online programs for veterans are ranked No. 1 in the U.S.
- CMU is one of the nation’s 100 largest public universities and the fourth largest among Michigan’s 15 public universities
- 137th College of Medicine in the United States
- More than 12,700 CMU students or 68 percent volunteer each year. This exceeds the national average of 59 percent for all universities.
- CMU has the largest university-owned public broadcasting network in the nation, with five television and eight radio stations.
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