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Checklist and deadlines
  1. ​Send your official ACT or SAT score to CMU.
    When you take the ACT or SAT, be sure to mark CMU as a top choice so we receive your score. You're not alone – more students choose to send their ACT 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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 January 1 and should be submitted before March 1. Designate CMU as your school of choice to qualify for financial aid. In April, CMU will send a financial aid award statement to each admitted student.

  6. 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.