Get Started with CMU Online

Becoming a student and enrolling in courses can seem overwhelming, but CMU’s friendly staff is ready to help every step of your journey. Just follow the simple steps below to start accomplishing your goals today.

Set-up Global ID

Once admitted, you need to activate your Global ID and CMU email account. For assistance, contact the CMU Help Desk at 800-950-1144, ext. 3662. Your Global ID grants access to CMU systems like the student portal, CMU email and Blackboard. It is important to check your CMU email daily.​

Complete student orientation​

As a new student to CMU Online, it's imperative that you complete the New Student Orientation. The orientation covers important aspects of studying at CMU, including highlighting student resources, semester timelines, and important policies. Sessions are held virtually each month.

NOTE: You must use your original email address and password to sign in, the same one you used to log into the application portal. 

Schedule Orientation

Financial steps

If you will use financial aid please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine your eligibility for grants and loans. Be sure to include CMU’s school code: 002243.

Undergraduate students may be eligible for financial as long as they are enrolled in 6 credit hours per semester. Graduate students may be eligible as long as they are enrolled in 5 credit hours per semester.

After your financial aid has been awarded, you must complete loan counseling and a promissory note. You must also set up Direct Deposit for any refunds or credits you may have come throughout your tenure as a CMU student.

CMU also offers a convenient, interest-free payment plan that allows tuition due to be paid in monthly installments.​

Find more information on your total estimated costs on our Cost of Attendance page.

Access CMU Bulletin

You are responsible for understanding the process and policies detailed in your CMU Bulletin​ that govern your coursework and education at CMU.

Transfer credit evaluation

Your official transcripts will be reviewed for any credits previously earned from a regionally accredited institution that are applicable to your intended CMU program. A transfer credit evaluation will be sent to your CMU email.​

Degree plan

Once you have Conditional or Regular admission, your academic advisor will develop your individual degree plan unless you are a cohort student. Your plan lists the courses needed to complete your degree and will be updated on Degree Progress.

Cohort students will receive a registration agreement from CMU Online that details the course plan and are assigned faculty advisors for most programs.

Register for classes​

Once you have an admission status, you can register for classes during the appropriate registration period using the  Course Search and Registration System​.​ If you are a cohort student, the CMU Online team will register you based on the registration agreement you signed and returned.

How To Register

Order textbooks

Once enrolled, you can order textbooks through the CMU Bookstore​

Review syllabus

Review the course syllabus for all enrolled courses to ensure you understand requirements and expectations.

Online preparation​

Visit the Online Learning Resource Center for resources, important links and downloads, Library Services, and success tips to maximize your CMU experience.​