Are you ready to become a CMU Chippewa? As you prepare to fill out your Central Michigan University application use this checklist as your guide. 

1. Submit your application

Use either or the Common Application. Completed applications (items 1-4 on this page) received by December 1 will receive priority consideration for access to first-come, first-served academic scholarships. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Those received after December 1 will still be evaluated but may result in limited availability of scholarships.

2. Pay the application fee

The application fee can be paid when you submit your application online. The fee is required to process your application. Talk with your guidance counselor if you think you may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

3. Decide if you will apply with or without a test score

We have adopted a test-optional policy for 2021. If you are applying to start courses as a freshman in 2021, you can choose to apply with or without an ACT/SAT score. Be sure to familiarize yourself with both options before you decide. 

If sending a test score, you can mark CMU as a recipient on your exam. If you've already taken the test, email your official score report to us at or request it through the ACT/SAT websites. 

SAT code: 1106 / ACT code: 1972

4. Submit your official transcript

Submit your official high school transcript at the time you apply. Michigan high school students should send transcripts to CMU using www.parchment.comStudents in other states should ask their high school guidance counselor about their school's timing and policies.

Keep us updated with new transcripts at the end of each semester. It may mean an upgrade in your scholarship. Students enrolled in an early/middle college program, or with credits earned through a dual enrollment program, must submit transcripts from each college attended. 

What can I do next?

Complete your FAFSA

Be sure to file for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The FAFSA may be filed beginning October 1. Designate CMU as your school of choice to qualify for financial aid. CMU will send a financial aid award statement to each admitted student who completes a FAFSA. 

School code: 002243

Apply for additional scholarships 

In addition to the merit scholarships awarded based on academic qualifications submitted on the application, there are several competitive scholarships available for incoming freshmen, as well as CMU department scholarships. Deadlines and requirements are available online.

When will I receive a decision?
Admissions letters for students applying for the Fall 2021 semester will start to hit mailboxes in early September. Students applying for earlier terms will receive an answer within a few days.