If you have received your letter of acceptance in the mailand are ready to become a CMU Chippewa, you're in the right spot! Finalize your enrollment as a CMU student with this step-by-step checklist.

Step 1 – Set up your new CMU account.

You'll need this account 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
  • Accepting your scholarships
  • Registering for classes and housing

Grab your unique "New CMU Account PIN, located on your letter of admission. If you need assistance locating your PIN, contact helpdesk@cmich.edu.

Set up my account

Step 2 – Submit your deposit

Officially reserve your place in the upcoming class by paying the one-time enrollment reservation deposit of $175. 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). Log in using the Global ID and password you set up in step one.

Pay the enrollment reservation deposit

Step 3 – Accept your scholarship

Once your deposit has been paid, you will be able to accept your Academic Prestige Award, Academic Excellence Award, Academic Success Award, or Residence Life Grant for Freshmen. Log in using the Global ID and password you set up in step one. 

Accept my scholarship

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. Here is a general timeline of when you can expect each piece to arrive.


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 beginning the online housing application. You may complete part one of the housing application at this time. Find more details at reslife.cmich.edu.


JANUARY – Schedule an orientation session

Instructions to register for an academic orientation session will arrive in your mailbox and your cmich.edu 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 cmich.edu/orientation.


FEBRUARY - Receive your financial aid award package

Personalized financial aid award packages are expected to be mailed to your home and emailed to your cmich.edu account by mid-February.


MARCH - Register for Leadership Safari

Look for an invitation in your mailbox and your cmich.edu 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. 


MAY - Finalize housing arrangements

Your first room and board payment of $800 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 reslife.cmich.edu, for instructions.


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 cmuadmit@cmich.edu.