22 May

What’s online orientation?

By: Lee Furbeck, Executive Director of CMU Admissions

Hello and welcome back to my blog that answers your questions about joining the Central Michigan University family. If this is your first visit, please take a look at my three previous blogs for answers to questions that you might still have.

Today, I will tackle your questions about orientation and registration.

How will online orientation work?

All orientations through Aug. 6 will be virtual. Once you pay or defer your enrollment deposit online, you can register for the orientation date of your choice. We have designed an experience that begins with you logging in on your assigned date from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. You will receive log-in instructions one week before your date. Finally, you will have a 30-minute, one-on-one phone or virtual appointment with an academic advisor.

You and your family then will have access to self-paced learning materials. Plus, you will have the option to meet student mentors, success coaches, financial consultants and career coaches.

What do I need to do to prepare for my virtual orientation session?

You should test your device to make sure your camera and microphone work. Then you can watch a short video about using Webex during your session. If you would like to test your device with a member of our tech team, you may call 989-774-3662.

If you do not have access to a smart device and consistent Wi-Fi, you may call 989-774-6629 to schedule an in-person session in August.

If you have a smart device but are concerned about your Wi-Fi, universities around the state are offering publicly available WiFi. View that list and you may also find the Getting Connected page, from CMU's Office of Information Technology, helpful.

How will I decide on what courses to take my first semester?

You will choose your courses with the help of an academic advisor during your assigned orientation appointment.

Once you complete orientation, you’ll have access to CMU's registration system to make adjustments to your schedule.

What can I do to prepare for my virtual academic advising session?

You can review some publications, such as:

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15 May

Planning for fall on campus

By: Lee Furbeck, Executive Director of CMU Admissions

Welcome to my blog, dedicated to answering your questions about how COVID-19 has impacted student life. If this is your first time visiting, I encourage you to read my previous blogs.

Today, I want to share with you some of the planning that’s going into our preparations to welcome you to campus in the fall. As always, your safety and well-being are our top concern, so to help provide a safe environment to live and learn, we’re taking the following steps.

In our residence halls, we’re:

  • Lowering occupancy numbers to provide more room for social distancing at no additional cost to our students and families. Our Residence Life staff is working to determine exact procedures and numbers for each room configuration and will communicate that as soon as those decisions are made. We can say that students will share a suite and will not be living alone.
  • Honoring roommate group requests. If a group of four students wants to live together we will place those students together as a group of four.
  • Designating quarantine and isolation floors in the event a student is exposed to COVID-19 and/or is advised by a health professional to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • Providing bottles of disinfectant that may be signed out and returned to the front desk.
  • Limiting residence hall guests during the fall semester to current campus residents.

In our residential restaurants, we’re:

  • Providing robust training for our staff on new safety guidelines.
  • Implementing daily safety huddles focused on sanitation and safe food-service practices.
  • Updating seating arrangements in order to provide more room for social distancing.
  • Offering remote food ordering through GrubHub. FLEX dollars can be used for delivery.
  • Providing “No touch” service options, including the elimination of self-service areas, reusable cups, etc.
  • Posting clear and concise guest signage relative to
    • Social distancing guidelines
    • Floor graphics for distancing
    • Skip a seat
  • Maintaining a safe environment through heightened sanitation standards.
    • High frequency cleaning to include high-touch surfaces
    • Increased hand hygiene
      • Guests – increased availability of hand sanitizer
      • Employees – substantial and ongoing hand hygiene training and increased schedule of mandatory hand washing (every 20 minutes)
    • Proper PPEs (masks, gloves and eye protection as necessary)
    • Vendors and suppliers will pass more stringent safety and sanitation requirements
    • Stringent food safety standards that are monitored and documented
    • Employee health monitoring
    • Covid-19 exposure response plan

Throughout campus:

  • Custodians will add to their cleaning duties, extra cleaning and disinfecting touch points in common areas.
  • The number of attendees at on-campus gatherings will be limited to ensure safe social distancing. Further guidance on these numbers is still being discussed.
  • Academic leaders are examining safe layout options for classrooms, labs and other venues for teaching and learning.
  • As a community, we will continue to follow recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to wear face coverings on campus and follow safe practices such as frequently washing hands, avoid touching your face and proper coughing/sneezing etiquette.

8 May

Will classes be on campus in the fall?

By: Lee Furbeck, Executive Director of CMU Admissions

Welcome to our second blog devoted to answering your questions about how the coronavirus has impacted student life. Thank you for all your questions since last week. I look forward to our future interactions.

We are going to start with something that is on a lot of your minds.

Will CMU’s campus be open in the fall? Will classes be held in person? When will I know?

Our plan is for classes to be face to face on campus this coming fall semester, with online and remote options available as well. As I write this, our campus leaders are preparing the details of these different scenarios, keeping your health, and the health of our entire community, at the forefront.

We’re focusing our planning on where classes will meet and how many students will be allowed in classrooms, residence halls, dining facilities and other service areas. Opening campus will likely mean a lot of changes to maintain safe social distancing, and we’re doing the work right now so we can welcome you to campus this August.

A decision on whether Summer II classes will be held face to face or online is expected within the next couple of weeks.

Can I choose to take all my classes online?

If you want to take classes online, please work with an academic advisor to discuss your options.

Questions about billings and deferments.

I received a lot of questions about billing, and specifically about deferment options. As an admitted student, you can take the following actions online:

You may defer all of the following until Nov. 1:

  • Your $175 enrollment reservation deposit.
  • Your first housing payment (due May 1).
  • Your first tuition payment (due Oct. 1).

You must pay or defer your enrollment reservation deposit before you can reserve your orientation date and apply for housing. Applications for housing are now open. Log in to your housing application to enter or update your roommate and housing preferences by June 1.

If you are able to make your first housing payment, you can do so in your CentralLink account.

What will happen to my scholarships if I defer my start date until spring 2021?

If you have been awarded scholarships, you may be able to defer them to spring 2021 as long as you do not attend another college or university before enrolling at CMU. You can find more details here about that process.

If you enroll at another college or university, you will be considered for the transfer scholarships available for your new entry term.

1 May

Central Michigan University is here for you

By: Lee Furbeck, Executive Director of CMU Admissions

This is not how you expected it to be.

You did your research and found Central Michigan University, the place where you can grow, learn, build the foundation of your career, make friends and have fun. You were excited to transition to this new phase of your life and education.

Then this: a virus you likely never heard of that seems to have upset everything.

But it hasn’t. We are still here, and we’re still focused on you.

We know you have a lot of questions. So let’s talk.

The big question on everyone’s mind is: Will classes be held online next semester or will campus be open in the fall?

It’s too early to know for sure. We know the transition to online classes has been challenging for many of our students, and the potential of online classes continuing in the fall worries our newest students starting this year.

The safety of our CMU family is top priority, so we are relying on all the facts, information and guidance from health experts and leaders to make the right decision. We have set up a Coronavirus Information Center to keep you up to date as the situation evolves.

Many of our students and families have been impacted by the pandemic, and this has brought to light many other concerns. Here are a few answers to those questions.

What if my family’s or my own financial situation has changed? How can I find out if I qualify for additional aid?

If you or a family member has lost a job or seen a reduction in income since you filed your FAFSA, you may qualify for more aid due to a special circumstance. In most situations, a loss of job or reduction of salary within the last 10 weeks may result in little to no change to aid eligibility. More information on special circumstances can be found here.

Contact our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at financialaid@cmich.edu and provide your (student’s) full name and CMU ID number (a 10-digit number beginning with 0000) to ask for an advisor to review your situation.

Does CMU offer work-study jobs? If so, how can I qualify?

We do offer work-study jobs to qualifying students based on information provided in your FAFSA. You can search for jobs here. If you completed the FAFSA and do not know if you qualify, contact our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 989-774-3674 or the Office of Student Employment Services at 989-774-3881.

Are there other on-campus jobs for students?

Yes. In fact, this year we guarantee an on-campus job for any new student who wants one. This is part of our effort to support our students and their families who have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about other ways we’re doing what we can do for you.

These are just a few of the many questions I’m sure you have. So, we’ve created the opportunity below for you to ask questions directly of me. I’ll answer your questions in a weekly blog, so check your inbox each Monday for an email from me.


What's on your mind?

You have a lot of questions. I'm here to provide answers. Tell me what's on your mind and check your inbox each Monday for an email from me.

Lee Furbeck

Dr. Lee Furbeck
Executive Director of Admissions