File your application as soon as possible and at least one month in advance of the date of anticipated enrollment. We take a holistic view of a student's application and carefully review each one. Central's freshman class has an average high school grade point average of 3.33 and an average ACT score of 23. Along with being good students, successful CMU students tend to be well rounded in activities, interests and involvement.
Follow these simple steps: ( Download Checklist)
- Complete your application
- Have your official transcripts and ACT scores sent to CMU
- Pay your $35 application fee
- Complete your FAFSA before Feb. 15 and designate CMU as your school of choice to qualify for financial aid. Explore CMU's scholarships online.
For transfer students
In addition to the steps listed above, you must request that each college or university you have attended send your official transcripts directly to the CMU Admissions Office. If you have completed fewer than 30 college semester hours you also must submit your high school transcript.
Here are some important deadlines to consider throughout your admissions process.
- Dec. 1 - Complete your application. We recommend applying by Dec. 1 for priority processing, but we accept applications anytime during the year.
- Feb. 14 - Postmark deadline for filing FAFSA if sending by mail
- March 1 - Deadline for FAFSA if submitting on the Web
- March through April - CMU departmental and endowed scholarships available with various deadlines, check our scholarship site for more information
- May through August - Orientation (various dates available)
- May 1 - New student orientation fee ($175) due
You know you’re taking your future in the right direction when you receive word that you’ve been admitted to Central Michigan University. Finalize your enrollment as a CMU student with this step-by-step checklist.
Establish your CMU connection
Set up your CMU Global Identification and e-mail account. To access this account you will need your unique PIN, which is included in your admittance packet. For your convenience, much of our official communication will be sent to you via e-mail.
Reserve your place for admission
To ensure your place in CMU’s new freshman or transfer class and receive priority consideration for your residence hall and orientation session, complete and submit the orientation card included in your admittance packet with your New Student Orientation Fee payment, which you also can pay online or over the phone. The New Student Orientation fee is fully refundable if you cancel your admission to CMU prior to May 1.
Secure your financial resources
To begin the process, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is available after Jan. 1 from your high school counselor or any college financial aid office, as well as online at fafsa.gov. Call the CMU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid toll free at 888-392-0007 if you have questions or need any help.
Schedule your academic orientation session
Instructions for reserving your academic orientation date will be sent beginning in February to students starting classes in the fall semester and beginning in November to students starting classes in the spring semester. During your academic orientation session you’ll register for your first semester of classes, meet with your academic advisor and receive your campus identification card.
Reserve your housing
Information for reserving your residence hall room will be sent beginning in February to students starting classes in the fall semester and beginning in November to students starting classes in the spring semester. Among the benefits of living in one of our residence halls, you’ll have opportunities to meet with academic advisors right where you live and enjoy flexible and convenient dining options and fitness facilities.