Excellent academics. Leadership. Volunteerism. We recognize all of these at CMU. 

“CMU is a first-choice university for students driven to discover and achieve. They should be rewarded for their academic achievement in high school. Student success at CMU starts with affordability. "
CMU President George E. Ross

Merit-based scholarships 
The following merit-based scholarships are available to incoming freshmen who have at least a 3.0 GPA and a 20 on the ACT. Scholarships are awarded based on academic qualifications provided on the application for admission. No additional application is required. Students who submit a completed application for admission by November 15 are automatically eligible for consideration.

Nearly half of last year’s incoming class earned a merit scholarship. However, funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The application for admission should be completed by November 15 for priority consideration. If your GPA or ACT increases after you are awarded one of these scholarships, let us know and we will gladly upgrade you to the next level. Only the highest award will be recognized.

​​​Academic Prestige Award
$6,000 per year / $24,000 over four years
3.25 GPA and 27 ACT (1210 SAT)

Academic Excellence Award
$4,500 per year / $18,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and 23 ACT (1050 ACT)

Academic Success Award
$3,000 per year / $12,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and 21 or 22 ACT (980 SAT)

Residence Life Grant
$2,000 per year / $8,000 over four years
3.0 GPA and 20 ACT (940 SAT)
Must reside on campus
Complete your application for admission by November 15 for priority consideration.

President's Award
If you are an incoming freshman from outside of Michigan and you have a minimum high school GPA of 2.75, then you will earn the President’s Award and your tuition will be billed at the in-state rate. Your application for admission is also the application for this award. Funding for this award is unlimited and will be awarded to all who qualify. The President’s Award may be combined with one of the merit-based awards above.

Additional scholarships for freshmen
In addition to the merit-based scholarships, CMU offers dozens of scholarships that have their own set of criteria, applications, and deadlines. For a complete list of scholarships you may be eligible for, visit