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On Campus Undergraduate Programs

How to apply

We admit students who have shown success in several rigorous subjects in high school. We also pay attention to how your grades have changed over time. If you didn’t do well in your freshman year, for example, you can make up for it by doing better in subsequent years.

We strongly recommend that you complete the following courses in high school:
- English: 4 years.
- Mathematics: 4 years.
- Biological and physical sciences: 4 years.
- History and social sciences: 4 years.

We also strongly encourage you to complete these additional courses:
- Foreign language: 2 years.
- Fine arts electives: 2 years.
- Hands-on computer experience: 1 year.

Curious about the competition?
A recent incoming freshman class had an average cumulative GPA of 3.41 and average test scores of 1103 SAT/23 ACT.

Submit all of your application materials by December 1 to get priority consideration for academic scholarships. After that, we review applications on a rolling basis.

You can apply to CMU in one of two ways:
- Apply directly to CMU
- Apply using the Common Application

Apply to CMU

All U.S. military veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members are eligible to have their application fee waived. You must provide one of the following to CMU with your application:

- DD-214 form verifying service.
- Service verification letter from your command indicating your current duty station.
- VA Certificate of Eligibility (CoE).
- Active military ID if you are applying in person at a CMU satellite location (do not copy and submit your military ID card).

If you attend high school in Michigan, send us your transcript through

If you live in another state, your high school guidance counselor can help you submit your official transcript.

Order your military transcripts for each branch as follows:
- Request Official Joint Services Transcript
- Air Force

Please submit an updated transcript at the end of each semester — it could lead to an upgrade in your scholarship. If you’re enrolled in Early/Middle College or earned credits through a dual enrollment program, you’ll have to submit transcripts from each college you attended.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re temporarily waiving our testing requirements for most applicants. Applying without a score will not affect your consideration for merit scholarships. Learn more about our test-optional policy.


If you're homeschooled or attend a high school that doesn't provide grades, you'll still need to submit your ACT or SAT scores. Scores are also used to place you in the right course, and they're required for certain programs, such as teacher education.

Sending Your Scores

Ask the testing agency to send your scores directly to CMU, or email your official score report to us at

SAT Code: 1106
ACT Code: 1972