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Enrollment checklist and deadlines

Now that you have been admitted, let us guide you through the next steps toward enrollment and a smooth transition to life as a CMU Chippewa.

Enrollment Checklist

You know you're taking your future in the right direction when you receive word that you've been admitted to Central Michigan University. Finalize your enrollment as a CMU student with this step-by-step checklist.

Step 1

Establish your CMU connection

Your first step is setting up your new CMU account. You'll need it for almost everything including:

  • Submitting your enrollment reservation deposit
  • Receiving your student ID number and Global ID
  • Setting up an official CMU email account
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Registering for classes and housing

You will need your unique "New CMU Account PIN" that was included on the letter inside your official admission packet. If you need assistance please contact the Help Desk at 989-774-3662 or

Step 2

Pay the enrollment reservation deposit

Officially reserve your place in the upcoming class by paying your enrollment reservation deposit of $175. Once you set up your Global ID in step one, you may pay online at The deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your admission to CMU prior to May 1 (or December 1 if you are beginning classes in the spring semester).

After you enroll

Once you submit your enrollment reservation deposit, you will begin to receive important communications, including instructions regarding housing, orientation, and financial aid.

DECEMBER – Begin the housing application

The Residence Life Living Guide will be mailed in December. If your deposit is submitted after the initial mailing, you will receive your guide 7-10 days after your deposit has been processed. The guide contains residence hall information and instructions on beginning the online housing application. You may complete part one of the housing application at this time. Find more details at

JANUARY 1 – Complete your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at whether or not you anticipate receiving financial aid. The application is available January 1 and should be submitted by February 15 for priority consideration. Use the CMU Federal School Code: 002243. Visit for more information.

JANUARY – Schedule an orientation session

Instructions on registering for a summer orientation session will arrive in your mailbox and your inbox beginning in January (or September if you are beginning classes in the spring). During the required orientation session, you will meet advisors and other students, explore majors and minors, register for classes and get your campus ID card. Find more details at

MARCH - Register for Leadership Safari

Look for an invitation in your mailbox and your inbox with instructions on how to register for Leadership Safari. Those who attend Safari say this is the best start possible to their college careers! Registration is limited so sign up early. Visit for more information.

APRIL - Receive your financial aid award package

Personalized financial aid award packages are mailed and emailed in late March or early April.

MAY - Finalize housing arrangements

Your initial room and board payment is due May 1. Later in the month, part two of the online housing application will open, allowing you to select your room and roommate preference. Look for an email in early May and refer to the Residence Life Living Guide, or , for instructions.

AUGUST 20 - Leadership Safari

Two-thousand incoming students will get a jump on college life with Leadership Safari. Specifically designed for all new students, Leadership Safari provides an opportunity for you to learn how to be successful at CMU. Develop your leadership skills as you explore campus, make new friends and settle into college life before classes start. Move into campus a week early and get your experience as a CMU Chippewa started off right.

AUGUST 25 - Move-in day!

Residence halls officially open at 9 a.m.

Still have questions?

We are here to help point you in the right direction! Call the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 989-774-3076 or email us at