Are you ready to become a CMU Chippewa? As you fill out your Central Michigan University application, be sure you fulfill each of the requirements and meet all the deadlines. Use this checklist as your guide to applying to CMU.

Send your official SAT or ACT score to CMU

When you take the SAT or ACT, be sure to mark CMU as a top choice so we receive your score. You're not alone – more students choose to send their test scores to CMU than to all but one other public university in the state! If you've already taken the test, you can email your official score report to us at Be sure to send your score after each time you take the test.

Submit your application [online | pdf]

We recommend beginning your application as soon as your junior year of high school ends. Completed applications (items 1-4 on this page) received by November 15 will receive priority consideration for access to first-come, first-served academic scholarships. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Those received after November 15 will still be evaluated but may result in limited availability of scholarships.

Pay the $35 application fee

The application fee can be paid when you submit your application online, or through the mail if you are submitting a paper application. The fee is required to process your application.

Submit your official high school transcript

Submit your official high school transcript at the time you apply. Michigan high school students should send transcripts to CMU using  [Watch an instructional video]. Students 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, or with credits earned through a dual enrollment program, must submit transcripts from each college attended. 

Complete your FAFSA 

After you complete your application in steps 1-4, 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.

Apply for additional scholarships 

In addition to the merit scholarships awarded based on academic qualifications submitted on the application for admission, many CMU departments offer scholarships to incoming freshmen. Please review the list of scholarships for additional application requirements and deadlines.