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Discover CMU Programming

What to see at Discover CMU

Discover CMU is an open-house style event. You are invited to attend as many of the presentations, demonstrations, and tours as your curiosity allows.

In the morning, find presentations that explain how you'll learn and grow at CMU. 

After lunch, discover our hands-on approach to learning. Visit demonstrations, tours, and presentations across many of our academic units. Search for a subject you're interested in or explore a potential new area of study.

At the end of the day, let us know if you need help seeing everything on your list. You will leave with a great idea of what you can do at CMU.


Admissions Presentation
Get an overview of Central Michigan University and our approach to learning and student support - everything you need for applying, earning a scholarship, and paying for college. (Location: Bovee University Center, 3rd Floor Auditorium)

Living on Campus
Are you wondering what it’s like to live in a residence hall? Join this presentation to learn about our room styles, the residential curriculum, and our living-learning communities. (Location: Grawn Hall, Room 100)

Lead by Doing
Student leaders are an integral part of CMU. Hear from the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute as they present the programs that prepare future leaders for the many roles available on campus. (Location: Health Professions Building 1404)

Show me the Money!
Hear directly from the experts on all things financial aid as they touch on frequently asked questions, including timelines and the new Michigan Achievement Scholarship. (Location: Park Library, Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium)

Getting Involved and Getting Ahead
There are over 400 Registered Student Organizations on the campus of CMU. Discover how joining any one of them will add to your sense of belonging and your professional resume. (Location: Grawn Hall, Room 100)

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Considering an Advance Placement or International Baccalaureate course? Maybe dual enrollment? Learn how these options can save you money and get you closer to earning your degree. (Location: Bovee University Center, 3rd Floor Auditorium)

Scholarship Communities
CMU’s three competitive scholarships offer so much more than financial assistance. Learn how they enhance the college experience through community and shared experiences. (Location: Park Library, Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium)

You Belong Here
At CMU, all identities are welcomed and celebrated. Learn how the Center for Student Inclusion and Diversity champions the “You Belong Here” culture for all students. (Location: Health Professions Building, Room 1404)

Campus facilities

Activities run continuously from 1-3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tour of First Impressions storefront and optional professional headshot
See a glimpse into the First Impressions store that provides all CMU students with free professional attire. Learn about the program and the benefits of utilizing the Career Development Center. After the brief tour, choose to have a professional headshot made with a selection of our professional clothing from the store.

Location: Bovee University Center, downstairs

Adobe Digital Lounge
The Adobe Digital Lounge is a space that supports collaborative creativity with group seating, flexible furniture, and TVs to display and discuss your work. In addition, we have staff that can answer your questions about equipment and digital creation software such as Adobe Creative Cloud. Make and take a button designed by our helpful staff.

Location: Park Library, Room 212

Clarke Historical Library
Dive into CMU and Michigan history at the Clarke Historical Library. Engage with materials that document CMU's unique story. Explore manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other rare and one-of-a-kind materials about Michigan’s rich and fascinating history.

Location: Park Library, lower level, near the south entrance

Showroom Tours
We have two showrooms available to show you exactly what it’s like to live on campus. See our traditional four-person, two-bedroom suite as well as our premium four-person, four-bedroom suite.

Location: Woldt and Fabiano Halls (East Residence Hall Complex)

We Do Engagement!
Discover hands-on how our team in University Recreation provides the fun in the college experience. Drop into the Student Activity Center for activities like Wallyball, 4 Square Volleyball, Football Toss, Racquetball, Table Tennis, Giant Connect 4, and Billiards.

Location: Student Activity Center

Drop in on competitive computer gaming!
CMU students have participated in esports since the mid-2000s. Now, they have their own brand new, dedicated esports Center, located in the Student Activity Center.

Location: Student Activity Center

Tour campus with a student Campus Ambassador
After this interactive day on campus, our student campus ambassadors will be on hand to help you discover any spaces you may have missed. Didn’t get a chance to see the view rooms? Want to see our Student Activity Center? We will make sure all the must-see locations are checked off your to-do list.

*Tour groups leave each area at 3:00, 3:15, and 3:30 pm
Location: Tent in Bioscience Building Courtyard and tent by Parking Lot 18

Academic demonstrations and tours

Activities without a specific start time run continuously from 1-3 p.m. 

 >>> College of the Arts and Media

Art Major’s Tour and Program Overview
Explore the state-of-the-art facilities where students gain skills in a wide range of mediums and graduate with a portfolio full of experience. Surround yourself with talented and hard-working artists as you create compelling visual works in Wightman Hall and the North Arts Studio computer labs and studios. Majors: Animation, Art History, Graphic Design and Studio Arts

Tours begin at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 pm
Location: Wightman Hall 142

Broadcast Studio Tours and Program Overview
Tour the Moore Hall studios that include Film, Broadcast, Audio Recording/Production, Radio, News Central, Film Society, sports talk shows, Summit Sessions music performances/broadcasts, and more.

Tours begin at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 pm
Location: Moore Hall 182

Drone Lab Demo and Program Overview
Learn the rules and regulations of drone flight, how to prepare for flight, and even how to fly! Students prepare for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification–basically earning their drone pilot’s license.

Demonstrations begin at 1:00, 2:00 pm
Location: Moore Hall Amphitheatre

Communication Majors and Their Impact on Society
Understand why we our students’ communication skills for effective citizenship, personal relationships, and membership in a diverse community, corporate, and social organizations.

Presentations begin at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 pm
Location: Park Library 308 - Presentation Skills Center

CM-Life Newsroom Tour and Introduction
Connect with one of the nation’s most-awarded student-run campus media companies. Learn how to work on one of the exceptional print and digital product lines.

Tours begin at 1:00 and 2:00 pm
Location: Moore Hall 436

Integrative Public Relations and Advertising, Student and Alumni Workshop and Program Overview
Learn how social media managers maintain their brands’ social presence. Gain insight into the strategies and tools used by successful social media influencers and creators.

Presentation begins at 1:30 pm (45-minute run time)
Location: Moore Hall 108

Journalism Student and Alumni Panel and Program Overview
Learn how professional journalism attributes intersect with local, national, and global citizenship. Our students create and lead in a constantly changing communication environment of diverse audiences.

Presentation begins at 2:15 pm (45-minute run time)
Location: Moore Hall 455

Music Building Tour and Presentation
Experience amazing facilities in the Music Building and opportunities in the School of Music for the Chippewa Marching Band, choirs, concert bands, and orchestra, as well as academic programs in Vocal and Instrumental Performance, Music Education, Commercial Music, Songwriting, Composition, Graduate Programs, and more. Also, learn about staying involved in our ensembles—even if you are not planning to major or minor in music.

Tour and Presentation begin at 2:00 pm (45-minute run time)
Location: Music Building 102, Chamichian Recital Hall

Theatre and Costume/Scene Shop Tour- Programs Overview
See all the ways you can own the stage. Explore how CMU delivers rigorous training in the performing arts and prepares our students intellectually and artistically for careers in acting/directing, design/tech, music theatre, and Dance Studies/dance. Observe the skills, techniques, and experiences that will prepare you for professional success on the stage and behind the scenes.

Tours begin at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 pm

Location: Moore Hall 130, Kiva Theatre

 >>> College of Business Administration

College of Business Administration Networking
Academic Advisors from Business Student Services are available to answer questions related to class schedules, and representatives from the Business Residential College living-learning community will share this opportunity to fast-track friendships, connections, and professionalism in the College of Business Administration.

Location: Grawn Hall Atrium

3-D Printer Activity
The IDEA Den is a collaborative space that connects passionate students campus-wide with mentors and a variety of resources including 3D printers, a specialized Cricut printer, and more. Learn more in this ongoing session that includes a special CMU “Action C” takeaway.

Location: Grawn Hall 166, The Idea Den

Bloomberg terminals
The Voigtman Financial Lab includes terminals equipped with the Bloomberg Professional service, allowing students to monitor and analyze real-time financial market data and practice making trades on an electronic trading platform like those used on Wall Street. See how current students use this space to invest alumni funds with Advisory Board oversight.

New sessions start every 30 minutes.
Location: Grawn Hall Voigtman Financial Lab

Interactive Sales Activity
Experiential learning or “learning by doing” is a teaching method used throughout the College of Business Administration. Discover how Marketing professor Jeff Hoyle incorporates this technique each semester as students practice professional sales techniques with immediate feedback from industry professionals, who are often CMU Alumni.

Location: Grawn Hall 150G

 >>> College of Education and Human Services

Child Development and Learning Laboratory Tour
Experience the wonder of our dynamic learning setting crafted to nurture the growth of our little ones. Our state-of-the-art preschool provides a rich learning environment to provide both applied experiences observing and working with young children and a venue for faculty and student research.

Tours are offered at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Education and Human Services Building first floor, meet by the red couches

Tour the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology
This is where fashion meets cutting-edge technology. See why major corporations come to us for product and design testing and how students can benefit from this hands-on learning experience utilizing the latest technology including thermal manikins.

Location: Engineering and Technology Building, Room 115

Fashion Merchandising and Design Studio Tours
Tour our Fashion Merchandising and Design facilities and see why our program is top-ranked in the state. We are applying the latest digital skills for the future of fashion with virtual prototyping and augmented reality so our students are ready for their careers.

Tours begin at 1:00, 2:00 pm
Location: Wightman Hall, Room 102

Interior Design Tour
Learn about our nationally accredited Interior Design program and how our students create inspirational, sustainable, inclusive, and human-centric spaces in our design studios and labs.

Tours begin at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 pm
Location: Education and Human Services Building first floor, meet by the red couches

Climbing Wall and High Ropes Course
If you love the outdoors, feel connected to the environment, and enjoy educating people, you can turn that passion into a career in outdoor recreation. Join us in the Adventure Center and try the climbing wall or high ropes course which are part of this program.

Location: Finch Fieldhouse Adventure Center

Adaptive Therapy Equipment
Learn first-hand how to use recreation as a form of therapy in working with clients that have disabilities. Come experience some of our adaptive equipment including adapted hand cycles and wheelchair basketball.

Location: Finch Fieldhouse 113

Event Management Preview
Throughout your coursework in this program, we will prepare you with the skills you need to plan everything from a wedding to the Super Bowl. Visit us and learn why we have been voted the Best Event Management Bachelor's Degree by the International Festivals and Events Association since 2019.

Location: Finch Fieldhouse 113

What Drives You? Identifying Your Core Values
Learn about the importance of values, how to uncover the two values that are at the core of who you are, and how you can use them to achieve your goals and dreams.

Presentation and discussion runs from 1:00-1:50 pm.
Location: Education and Human Services Bldg, French Auditorium

The Past, Present, and Future of Education
We’ve all done it. Whether at home or in the classroom, public, private, or charter, you have arrived at CMU having been schooled in K-12. What does it mean – for you, for those younger than you, and for the future of education – to be schooled in 21st-century America? In this session, we will explore photographs related to education from the past, present, and future and share what we see, think, and wonder about the images themselves, and the ways that students will learn, and teachers will teach in the future.

Presentation and discussion runs from 2:00-2:50 pm.
Location: Education and Human Services Bldg, French Auditorium

 >>> The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

American Sign Language demonstration
Engage with faculty as they demonstrate and describe skills gained by studying the American Sign Language minor.

Location: Health Professions Building Atrium

Athletic Training and Exercise Science Human Performance Labs
Tour fitness and performance labs, strength, and training labs.

Locations: Health Professions Building, Rooms 1301, 1303, 1307, 1308, and 1337

Interprofessional Education and Practice Center
Experience how health professionals are trained using high-fidelity simulators in hospital rooms and standardized patient scenarios in exam rooms replicating real-life practice settings.

Location: Health Professions Building, Room 2050

 >>> College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

We do CSI!  
Be led through a search-and-recovery of remains at an outdoor (mock) crime scene.  Learn the importance of mapping, documenting, and bagging evidence to maintain context and chain-of-custody.

Location: Pearce/Anspach Courtyard

Curator’s Tour: Behind-the-Scenes at the CMU Museum
Get a glimpse into the world of museums with a behind-the-scenes tour of our spaces at the CMU Museum. Talk with the museum’s director/curator of history and current CMU students pursuing the Museum Studies minor to discover the many career possibilities within the field. While touring the spaces, participants will get the opportunity to handle and learn about some of the historic artifacts and natural history specimens within our collections.

Location: Rowe Hall 103

Come learn how to make (and then enjoy) one of France’s tastiest street foods: crêpes! During this hands-on demonstration, guests will learn the importance of food like crêpes in French culture, and then also explore pancake-like foods around the world. Bon appétit!

Location: Pearce/Anspach Courtyard

 >>> College of Science and Engineering

Biotechnology Discovery
Interested in careers in biotechnology, medicine, or genetics? Come explore DNA technology and cells.

Location: Bioscience Building, Room 3014

River Field Research
Interested in ecology, conservation biology, or the environment? Come discover native mussels from Michigan, learn about how mussels are linked to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and their importance to the health of Michigan’s rivers and lakes. Tour CMUs mobile mussel trailer with student researchers.

Location: Biosciences Building Courtyard

Molecular Building and Organic Chemistry Activities
Discover the world of molecules by making different types of interesting model kits in the active learning classroom.

Location: Dow Science Complex, Room 135

Python Crash Course
Get a crash course in programming as you participate in groups to solve a problem programmatically using Python.

Location: Pearce Hall, Room 402

Climate Change and the Great Lakes
Come explore how climate change shapes the past, present, and future of the Great Lakes Region.

Location: Brooks Hall, Room 306

Engineering and Technology Demonstrations
Explore the various types of engineering through demonstrations of FANUC robots, AM radio, inverted pendulums, water filtration, optical communication, coagulation/flocculation, and thermoforming plastics into molds.

Location: Engineering and Technology Building, Rooms 123, 125, and the atrium

Examining Environmental Issues using Google Earth Engine
Test out some of the features of Google Earth Engine and collect environmental measurements.

Location: Dow Science Complex, Room 273

Robotic Roadkill
Develop a mathematical model to control a Robotic Rover to avoid hitting an animal. The student who positions the Rover to the closest distance to the animal without hitting it will receive a TI-Nspire CX II CAS graphing calculator.

Location: Pearce Hall, Room 137

Slope Functions
Use a randomly generated graph to approximate a slope function for the graph. The student with the highest level of accuracy for their slope function will receive a TI-Nspire CX II CAS graphing calculator.

Location: Pearce Hall, Room 137

Fun Math Questions
Use pencils, paper, and simple tools to solve some short and fun mathematical questions. These questions will range from basic numbers to geometry to applications. Good answers will be rewarded!

Location: Pearce Hall, Room 137

Physics Labs: Tours and Demonstrations
From the tiniest particles via everyday gadgets to the most massive objects, Physics lets you understand how the universe works. Join us to investigate some fun activities: trapping ions with electric and magnetic fields, using X-rays to study crystals, measuring the motion of a bouncing mass with your cell phone, running tiny electric currents through air and your body, and learning how a telescope works.

Location: Dow Science Complex, Rooms 004 and 112

Rhapsodo camera and probability
Learn how data can be used in sports by visiting the Rhapsodo camera setup to track the speed and dynamics of a thrown baseball or softball.

Location: Pearce/Anspach Courtyard

Predicting Probability
Try your hand at predicting probability. Participants will be given five marbles. The basic idea is to see who can predict the column where the marble will rest. Each winner will win a dollar until all one-dollar bills are gone.

Location: Pearce Hall, first floor

Of Cups and Plane
Work on STEM team building and communication skills in two activities. The first activity involves building a tower without using your hands, while the second activity involves creating a specific paper airplane without seeing instructions firsthand. Both activities are examples of the skills addressed in the InSciTE program.

Location: Biosciences Building, first floor hallway