Central Michigan University

106 Warriner Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

School Details

Central Michigan University is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and was originally founded in 1892 as a school for teachers and business education. Today, CMU is the fourth largest institution in Michigan and is also among the 100 largest public universities nationally.  The public research university has more than 20,000 students on the Mount Pleasant campus as well as another 7,000 students enrolled in online classes at more than 60 locations worldwide.  The university’s vision is to maintain their reputation as a nationally prominent university known for integrity, academic excellence, research and creative activity, and public service.

Two hundred academic programs are available at CMU at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels, including nationally recognized programs in entrepreneurship, journalism, music, audiology, teacher education, psychology and physician assistant. CMU has also established a College of Medicine, scheduled to open in 2013. Academic divisions include: the College of Business Administration, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Engineering and Technology, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Science, the College of Graduate Studies, and the College of Medicine. The Central Michigan University College of Graduate Studies provides over 70 graduate degree programs at the Master's, Specialist, or Doctoral levels.

About 22,000 undergraduates attend CMU on the 480-acre campus that lies 150 miles southeast of Detroit. 55% of all students are female and 45% are male. The freshman retention rate, a measure of student satisfaction, is 77.5%. Although this is a high rate, the four-year graduation rate is only 18%. The six-year graduation rate is much higher at 54%. Student to faculty ratio is 22 to 1 with 41% of full-time faculty members being female and 59% being male. Of all part-time faculty members, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Central Michigan University has 22 on-campus dorms on each area throughout campus: North Residence Halls, South Residence Halls, East Residence Halls, and The Towers. These dorms are two-bedroom suites designed to fit 4-5 people. Dining options are connected to each residential area. Each residence hall is co-ed by building or floor. 33% of students live in college-affiliated housing and 66% of students live off-campus. 

When applying to Central Michigan University, it's important to note that both the application and SAT/ACT scores are due no later than July 1. The application fee at costs $35. CMU is moderately selective with an acceptance rate of 68.5 percent.

61% of students receive some sort of need-based financial aid or grant. 79% of all students apply for financial aid and 62% receive financial aid. 55% of students had their financial needs fully met and 83% had most of their needs met.

There are over 200 different activities that students can participate in, from Greek Life to different clubs and organizations. The student-run campus newspaper, Central Michigan Life, has won over 50 collegiate journalism awards in 2007-2008 alone. There is also a student-produced newscast, a student-run television station, and a student-operated music label. Greek Life is small at CMU with 5% of male students being a member of a fraternity and 7% of female students being sorority members.

Central Michigan University offers a number of student services including: non-remedial tutoring, placement services, and health services. CMU also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Central Michigan University.

Central Michigan University has offered degree programs through its Global Campus unit to working adults for more than 40 years. The University operates a network of CMU Learning Centers in more than 50 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. CMU has awarded degrees through its Global Campus unit to more than 70,000 students since its inception in 1971. Programs are offered at the undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels, including non-degree certifications.

CMU is the nation's foremost university authorizer of charter schools with 60 schools educating 29,000 students in grades K-12. CMU's Division I athletics program, a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), offers nine intercollegiate sports for women and seven for men. CMU Public Broadcasting operates 10 television and seven radio stations with the largest geographic reach of any Public Broadcasting system in the country. CMU is also home to the headquarters of Special Olympics Michigan.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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