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How to Apply

Ready to become a CMU Chippewa? Applying is easy and we’re happy to help. Here's what you need to know to apply as an incoming freshman.

Follow these steps

We take several things into consideration when evaluating applications for admission, including GPA, test scores (optional) and academic improvement over time.

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 encourage you to complete these additional courses:

- Foreign language: 2 years
- Fine arts electives: 2 years
- Hands-on computer experience: 1 year

Apply as early as August 1 before your senior year in high school. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

After December 1, merit scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can apply to CMU in one of two ways:

Apply directly to CMU or apply using the Common Application.

Apply to CMU

As part of the online application, you’ll need to pay a $40 application fee. If your family is experiencing financial hardship, speak to your high school guidance counselor to see whether you qualify for a fee waiver.

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You may submit an unofficial transcript with your application, or ask your school counselor to submit your official transcript. We can provide an admission decision and merit scholarship with either one. Keep us updated with new transcripts at the end of each semester. It may mean an upgrade in your scholarship.

Prior to your enrollment, we must receive your final official high school transcripts. If you participated in an early/middle college program or a dual enrollment program, we must also receive official transcripts from each college.

Sending Transcripts to CMU

You don’t have to submit a test score in order to be admitted and earn a merit award.* However, you may be able to earn a higher merit award if you do submit one. There’s no real downside to including them, because it will only increase your merit award. We’ll never lower it. You can submit your test score with your application or any time before July 1.

Sending Your Scores:

If you do choose to submit a test score, you can mark CMU as a recipient on your exam or have your official score report sent to us at

• SAT code: 1106

• ACT code: 1972

*Please note, if you are homeschooled or attend a school that does not provide grades, then a ACT or SAT score is required.

*CMU is currently a test optional school for 2022-2023 due to COVID-19. A decision on our test optional policy for future academic years will be made in summer of 2022.

Learn more about our test-optional policy.

What's next?

Once you've submitted your application we'll review it and make a decision. At that time, you will be notified of your admission decision as well as any Maroon and Gold Merit Scholarships you have been awarded. We'll also walk through your next steps after being admitted, like registering for orientation and applying for housing.

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