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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
If you want to take classes online, please work with an academic advisor to discuss your options.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Lee Furbeck Executive Director of Admissions