Mount Pleasant is the home of Central Michigan University and its more than 19,000 students. Located near the center of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, the city is a quiet community of about 25,000 permanent residents.
Mount Pleasant has friendly people and a low cost of living. The city's quaint downtown district features specialty stores, boutiques, and shops that serve gourmet coffee, cheesecake, and frozen yogurt. These shops are within walking distance of campus.
To the north and west are the lakes, streams, ski resorts, beaches and magnificent wilderness areas for which Michigan is famous. To the south and east lie rich farmland and larger metropolitan areas with numerous museums, theaters, art fairs and shopping opportunities.
Like many American cities, Mount Pleasant hosts various festivals, parades, fairs and other special local events throughout the year, especially during the summer and fall seasons. During these events, local merchants, businesses, and artists fill the streets with their merchandise and offer them at discount prices.
Although Mount Pleasant is a relatively small city, there are many restaurants to suit every taste. In addition to typical American restaurants, cafés, and grills, Mount Pleasant has Italian, Chinese, Thai, and Mexican restaurants. Korean, Japanese, and Indian restaurants are only 30 minutes away. In Mount Pleasant, there is also an American steakhouse and microbrewery. An Asian market is located just over an hour's drive away in East Lansing; international students here on campus coordinate trips to this market frequently. Grocery stores in town have a wide variety of foods, including fresh fish and produce; food prices in both stores and restaurants are very reasonable.
While this community is fond of its classic appeal, it also is proud of its many modern facilities. New governmental buildings, numerous churches, a modern hospital, a large community library, developed parks and convenient shopping plazas blend comfortably with Mount Pleasant's heritage. Both the community and the university have rich histories -- histories that have been enmeshed for the past century.
To see more pictures of the town, visit our Videos and Photos page.
You can learn more about the local community at http://www.mtpleasantwow.com.
To learn more about the state of Michigan, visit http://michigan.org/.