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Start your application

If you are ready to begin your application, we can walk you step by step through the process. It all starts here at apply.cmich.edu.

You will find a complete checklist linked at the right but here are a few important notes to keep in mind.


When should I apply?

Central Michigan University typically receives more applications than all but two of the state’s public universities – 19,000 applications per year for a freshman class of approximately 3,600. Prospective freshmen are encouraged to apply as soon as their junior year in high school is complete. Priority consideration for first-come, first-served scholarship funds is given to applications received by November 15.


What goes into an admissions decision?

Each application is carefully reviewed on its own merit using a holistic approach. The admission process takes into account the following: academic achievement in the most demanding subjects, ACT or SAT scores, caliber of high school program, school official recommendations, exceptional talents, involvement beyond the classroom, leadership potential, record of good citizenship, overall academic achievement, pre-CMU course selections and trends in academic progress.


What is required to apply for admission?

In order for an application to be reviewed, each of the following items must be submitted: 
  • Application for admission
  • Application fee ($35)
  • SAT/ACT score
  • Official high school transcript

Is an essay required?

An admissions essay is not required but you may send a separate sheet of information that you wish to be considered. Some like to include extracurricular and leadership activities, employment, or explainations of special situations that impacted your academic record.


What is the average GPA of someone being admitted?
The incoming freshman class at CMU has an average high school grade point average of 3.3 and an average ACT score of 23. Some students are admitted with higher scores and some have lower scores. Along with being strong students, successful CMU students tend to be well-rounded in activities, interests and involvement.

Can I print an application?

​Absolutely! Download the undergradate application (.pdf)​ or contact us to receive a copy in the mail. 


When will I hear an answer on my application?

​Applicants usually are notified of their admission status within four weeks of submitting a completed application.

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