About Central Michigan University

Founded in 1892, Central Michigan University. is a Public college. Located in Michigan, which is a city setting in Michigan, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 19,877 full time undergraduate students, and 6,109 full time graduate students.

The Central Michigan University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 22:1. There are 850 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Central Michigan University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate71%
Application Deadline
Application Fee35
SAT Range890-1140
ACT Range20-25

Admissions at CMU are considered Selective, with ,143% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

76% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 40% were in the top quarter, and 14% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Central Michigan University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
35%
“We know about current events and vote”
56%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
30%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
11%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
45%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
47%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
49%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
28%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
13%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
14%
“Available in class”
53%
“They keep regular office hours”
31%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
14%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
75%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
10%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
8%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
47%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
57%
“There might be people who do”
37%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
35%
“We know about current events and vote”
56%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
7%
“We save it for the classroom”
30%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
11%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
45%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
47%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
49%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
28%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
13%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
14%
“Available in class”
53%
“They keep regular office hours”
31%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
14%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
75%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
10%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
8%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
44%
“We only party on weekends”
47%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
57%
“There might be people who do”
37%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Central Michigan University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    274 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    200 Students rated off-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    287 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    299 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    299 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    299 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    299 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    301 Students rated academics 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Central Michigan University?

136 Students rated Central Michigan University

Camille - 12/03/2020

I love CMU! I feel extremely comfortable on campus, the class sizes are great, and campus is the perfect size. There are a lot of parks and restaurants in Mount Pleasant so there is always something to do. Central Michigan makes it very easy to get involved even through a pandemic.

Shalina

Central Michigan University is a nice school depending on what you major is. If you are going to be a teach this is an excellent school, but if you are like me going for psychology this is not the best school. I feel like they do not take Psychology serious enough because you need very little credits for the major and there is not really any extra things going on here for that. Also it is good if you are going to be an actor or an anchor because they have a Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts major which a lot of other schools do not have.

Lucy

Central Michigan University is a school for people who are passionate, with a fire in their hearts for what they love. It's a place for people who want to "put their stamp on the world", and ultimately, it's a place where you discover your future, true self, and your path forward. CMU is a community where we make lifelong connections and share an unmatched spirit and pride in the Chippewa name. For myself and 27,000 others, Central Michigan University is our home, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

Destiny

I know that CMU is a good school, they have a great education, lots of clubs, internship opportunities, and events. I personally have not enjoyed my time here because of some inner, mental problems going on. But also my social life, or lack thereof, has not made me happy. Trying to find friends who don't live around you that don't constantly party was a little hard for me, but also my own issues made that hard ass well. Because I come from a huge suburb near a large city, I also couldn't bear the life outside of campus, it's extremely barren beyond campus in comparison to what I'm used to. This was not something I knew would bother me before, but now I know it is a deal breaker. Overall CMU is a good school, but for me personally, not a great one.

Central Michigan University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Central Michigan University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Central Michigan University is 71%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back in time I would tell myself one thing and that's "Don't worry so much". I would explain to not worry about the future, because if you always focus on how things will be a year, five years, ten years down the road then you will never really be able to enjoy a moment. You will make plenty of new friends, your friends from home will do the same, so don't worry about losing them because you wont. You don't have to know what you're majoring in right from the start, it will all get figured out. Just understand that everything will change but eventually that change will become normal. All of the thoughts of uncertainty dissapear and you will realize that being happy is something that comes from within yourself, not from the kind of people you attract and get to know. Enjoy the moment, enjoy every day before you leave for school, enjoy feeling like a kid and being with your bestfriends everyday this summer, but don't be scared to leave. Change makes us who we are, everything works itself out if you put the effort in.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates have all been welcoming. I feel they are all friendly and are in the same boat I am in. They are all up for making new friends and getting to know each individual personally.

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    This school is large enough to give a really good variety in education choices, yet small enough to have that home-town feel. The students/staff/faculty are very friendly and welcoming to everyone that comes here. The most recent controversy was related to a student who hung nooses in one of the technical buildings (this was this past fall). He claimed it was a joke related to Halloween. The main experience I'll always remember about CMU surround my time with Phi Sigma Sigma - the BEST sorority on campus!!

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  5. What are the academics like at your school?

    The education here at CMU is geared towards getting solid job opportunities once you leave. Internships are highly recommended, and greatly help in obtaining post-graduation jobs.

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  6. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No they are not!!!

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  7. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    People party here like they do at most any other University across the campus. Greek life is not as vast here as at other campuses, but the population is close and IS growing.

    Read all  163 answers
  8. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I dont think there are a lot of sterotypes about us. We are the best.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The thing that I found to be unique about my school compared to other schools is that contrary to the fact that my university is a Division One school meaning that our population is much larger than some yet also smaller than some other Division One schools it seems as if we are much more close knit like a family. Coming to the school I would not expect that because of the large size but I am grateful to attend a university where people treat you as if they are part of their own family.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    While you learn a lot in your classes, it is not too overwhelming at the undergraduate level. The graduate level, however, is very demanding, but the professors do their job well preparing you for a career.

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Central Michigan University works with their students to help them achieve in the best and fastest way possible.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The overall quality of my education

    Read all  48 answers
  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person should not attend this school if they don't want to be involved. Whether it be social or academic the involvement on this campus is apparent. Everyone is extremely spirited about going here and although there is some discrimination it's an overall friendly atmosphere. Students who shouldn't attend would be anyone who's prejudiced agains a native American tribe as the Chippewa culture is intertwined with that of the university.

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  14. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who is looking for a great atmosphere.

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  15. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I would have known that there is really nothing to do outside of the campus. There is a Walmart and a Target that's in walking distance from the school and that's it.

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  16. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The campus life is so freeing. You get to live on your own and make your own decisions all while meeting new people. Everyday is a new adventure you get to dive into. The campus at CMU is not boring at all; there is always something to experience, join, or enjoy!

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  17. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Central Michigan University would probably be that it's diverse but not diverse as it could be; my university lacks the blended cultures that it needs to help prepare many of the students to for the work force. Before coming to college much of my high school was mainly one race to by coming to college I thought I'd get the opportunity to make up for that yet my school lacks that and it is quite disappointing.

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  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    We are doing pretty well in football and being a music major, I'd say our band and choir department are growing rather well.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The most common stereotype is that we're a party school for kids who weren't smart enough to go to Michigan State. Unfortunately, that does describe most of campus, but there are subgroups (Centralis Scholars, The Honors Program, The Leadership Institute, etc.) that disprove the stereotype.

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  20. Describe the best and worst parts of the social scene on campus.

    Delbert Shoopman and Friends enjoy all the fun tailgating has to offer at CMU (Central Michigan University)

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  21. What's the Greek scene like?

    This story is a culmination of interviews that Central Michigan Life did while following one student through the Greek r

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Student Body

Students

57%

female

43%

male

19,877

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6,109

Total Grad Students

8%

Out-Of-State

91%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

160

Student Organizations

9

Fraternities

13

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

23%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
77%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

95% of students attending Central Michigan University receive some sort of financial aid. 34% were awarded federal grants. While 80% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$22,881

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$9,406

Room and Board

33,287

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,521
$30 - $48K
$11,621
$48 - $75K
$14,281
$75 - $110K
$17,821
$110K & UP
$18,821

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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