Central Michigan University

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School Overview

Central Michigan University, commonly referred to as “CMU”, is a public research university whose main campus resides in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The university was established in 1892. With over 20,000 at its Mount Pleasant Campus and another 7,000 online students, CMU one of the largest public universities in nation and the state of Michigan, surpassed in size only by University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University.

CMU has over 60 educational facilities, campus and learning centers worldwide and offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral degree programs in over 200 fields of study and professional disciplines. CMU also offers several national renowned programs in teacher education, journalism, audiology, entrepreneurship, music, phsycian assisting and psychology. CMU is currently in the process of launching a College of Medicine which is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

CMU sponsores 7 men’s and 9 women’s sports and athletic teams that compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU is a fully accredited higher education institution.

General Information

Admission Office

Admissions Office

Warriner Hall

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

(989) 774-3076

(888) 292-5366

Fax: (989) 774-7267

Contact: Betty Wagner

Director of Admissions
Main Address

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

(989) 774-4000


Total undergrads: 20,540

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,899

Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,022

Graduate enrollment: 6,685


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 70%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 78%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $9,120 $9,720 $10,170 $9,688 -4.74%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,236 $7,668 $7,896 $8,092 +2.48%
Other $1,320 $1,049 $1,231 $1,242 +0.89%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,676 $19,437 $20,297 $20,022 -1.35%
In-state Off Campus $10,120 $10,720 $11,170 $10,688 -4.32%
In-state with Family $10,120 $10,720 $11,170 $10,688 -4.32%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $10,032
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $16,852
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,378 87%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,838 73% $15,354,481 $5,410
• Federal grants 907 23% $3,623,714 $3,995
• Pell grants 887 23% $3,095,377 $3,490
• Other federal grants 459 12% $528,337 $1,151
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,098 54% $2,702,231 $1,288
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,028 53% $9,028,536 $4,452
Student loan financial aid 2,463 64% $17,933,756 $7,281
• Federal student loans 2,390 62% $14,625,805 $6,120
• Other student loans 441 11% $3,307,951 $7,501

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4121 1900 118 192
Architecture and Related Services 28
Interior Architecture 28
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 8
European Studies/civilization 3
Women’s Studies 5
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 142 17
Biochemistry 8
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 3
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 45 12
Biomedical Sciences 68
Conservation Biology 4
Neuroscience 18 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1026 810 85
Accounting 97
Accounting and Related Services, Other 5
Actuarial Science 17
Business Administration and Management 86 67 12
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 176 262 18
Casino Management 1
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 93
Fashion Merchandising 54 1
Finance 103
Financial Planning and Services 20
Hospitality Administration/management 28
Hotel/motel Administration/management
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 39 201 34
International Business/trade/commerce 19 23 1
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 88
Management Information Systems 13 105 6
Marketing/marketing Management 151
Operations Management and Supervision 11
Organizational Leadership 139 13
Purchasing, Procurement/acquisitions and Contracts Management 17 12 1
Real Estate 5
Retail Management 3
Communication and Journalism Programs 303 19
Advertising 23
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 5
Journalism 38
organizational Communication 34
Photojournalism 15
Public Relations/image Management 79
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 83 2
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 31 12
Computing and Information Sciences 65 5 5
Computer Science 16 1
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 4
Data Modeling/warehousing and Database Administration 5
Information Technology 49
Education 652 494 10 74
Adult and Continuing Education Administration 17
Art Teacher Education 13
Biology Teacher Education 6
Business Teacher Education 6 1
Chemistry Teacher Education 3
Community College Education
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 69
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 48 6
Earth Science Teacher Education 4
Education 256
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Emotional Disturbances 76
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Mental Retardation 20
Educational Leadership and Administration 25 10 73
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 44
Educational/instructional Technology 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 33 2
English/language Arts Teacher Education 91
Family and Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education 15
French Language Teacher Education 3
Geography Teacher Education 3
German Language Teacher Education 2
Health Teacher Education 5
History Teacher Education 38
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 8
Mathematics Teacher Education 51
Music Teacher Education 29 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 36
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education 23
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 82
Secondary Education and Teaching 8
Social Studies Teacher Education 64
Spanish Language Teacher Education 12
Special Education and Teaching 4
Speech Teacher Education 3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 4
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education 9 21
Engineering 27
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 5
Manufacturing Engineering 3
Mechanical Engineering 19
Engineering Technology 70 13
Automotive Engineering Technology/technician 31
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 23
Engineering/industrial Management 13
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 6
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 10
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 67 23
Creative Writing 20 7
English Language and Literature 47 9
Writing 7
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 37 4
French Language and Literature 6
German Language and Literature 6
Spanish Language and Literature 25 4
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 244 203 91 18
Athletic Training/trainer 28
Audiology/audiologist 34
Communication Sciences and Disorders 100
Dietetics/dietitian 33
Health/health Care Administration/management 27 134 12 18
Physical Therapy/therapist 45
Physician Assistant 42
Public Health Education and Promotion 28
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 26
Therapeutic Recreation/recreational Therapy 28 1
History 74 23
American History (united States)
History 74 23
Human Services 208 130 5
Community organization and Advocacy 165
Public Administration 130 5
Social Work 43
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 26
Humanities/humanistic Studies 26
Mathematics and Statistics 22 3 3
Mathematics 11 3 3
Statistics 11
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 3 2
Cognitive Science 1
Gerontology 2
Mathematics and Computer Science 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 39
Environmental Science 8
Environmental Studies 7
Land Use Planning and Management/development 6
Natural Resources/conservation 18
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 362 57
Health and Physical Education/fitness 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 153 6
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 91 13
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 32
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 38
Sports Studies 80
Physical Sciences 30 11
Astronomy 2
Chemistry 6 2
Geology and Earth Science 9
Meteorology 12
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics 1 9
Psychology 192 16 14 3
Clinical Psychology 4 4
Experimental Psychology 1 2
Industrial and organizational Psychology 2 7
Psychology 192 5
School Psychology 4 1 3
Social Sciences 240 21
Anthropology 23
Economics 25 14
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 11 3
Geography 3
International Relations and Affairs 18
Political Science and Government 54 4
Social Sciences 23
Social Sciences, Other 51
Sociology 32
Visual and Performing Arts 124 10
Acting 6
Art/art Studies 39
Conducting 3
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 2
Fine/studio Arts 7
Graphic Design 28
Music Performance 3
Music Theory and Composition 2 4
Music 32
Musical Theatre 7
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 1
Work and Family Studies 158 15
Child Development 75
Family Systems 61
Foodservice Systems Administration/management 22
Human Development and Family Studies 6
Human Nutrition 9
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

European Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biomedical Sciences B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Hotel/Motel Management B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B
Purchasing/Procurement/Contracts B
Real Estate B
Retailing B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Organizational Communication B
Photojournalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Technology B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education of Emotionally Handicapped B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
French Teacher Education B
Geography Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Automotive Engineering Technology B
Computer Systems B
Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Family Systems B
Institutional Food Production B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Health System Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Public Health Education B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Cognitive Science B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Meteorology B
Oceanography B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Central Michigan University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(989) 774-4000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:https://apply.cmich.edu
Address:106 Warriner Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:25,986
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):59%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:18,601 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$12,150
Out-of-state Tuition:$23,670
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,544

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Central Michigan University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Central Michigan University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences541
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services92110
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs74
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services222
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields151
English Language and Literature/Letters43
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences32
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics31
Health Professions and Related Programs2831
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics311
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies63
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences521
Public Administration and Social Service Professions121
Social Sciences93
Visual and Performing Arts113
Grand total211346610

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Central Michigan University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services728
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions111
Social Sciences1
Grand total125172

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Central Michigan University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,25195%
Grant or scholarship aid2,78781%$8,544
Student loan aid2,79682%$6,109

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid11,89561%$6,468
Federal student loans13,90872%$8,064

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Central Michigan University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Central Michigan University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants19,1147,76211,352
Percent admitted100%70%73%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%19%18%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Central Michigan University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment25,986
Undergraduate enrollment19,877
Graduate enrollment6,109

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Central Michigan University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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