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

COVID-19 UPDATE: We support applicants who have been impacted by COVID-19. If you are temporarily unable to obtain the required application materials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) due to coronavirus-related closures of schools and test centers, please contact us at apply@cmich.edu or 989-774-4444 to discuss alternative ways of completing your application. We may choose to evaluate unofficial transcripts or test scores, or conduct a holistic review of available materials if a test score does not exist.  

What are the admissions criteria?

CMU applies the same admission criteria to all incoming freshmen, regardless of the number of college credits earned prior to high school graduation. 

A solid academic background will help prepare you for success at the college level. To be ready for this challenge, we stress high academic achievement in several rigorous subjects. Central Michigan University and the Presidents Council of State Colleges and Universities strongly recommend the following high school background:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of mathematics
  • 4 years of biological and physical sciences
  • 4 years of history and social sciences

In addition, high school students are strongly encouraged to complete two years of a foreign language, two years of electives in fine arts and one year of hands-on computer experience.

We also consider the trend in your grades. For example, if you did not do well in your freshman year, we hope to see an upward trend in grades since then. By the end of your junior year, when you can submit an application for admission, you should have completed three years of English, mathematics, science and social science. Your senior year should include at least three classes in any of those four areas. 

CMU's incoming freshman class has an average cumulative GPA of 3.41 and average test scores of 1103 SAT / 23 ACT.

When should I apply?

Central Michigan University typically receives more applications than all but two of the state’s public universities – 17,000 applications per year for a freshman class of approximately 3,000. The application opens on Aug. 1 and priority consideration for first-come, first-served scholarship funds is given to applications received by Dec. 1.

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, SAT or ACT 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
  • SAT or 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 explanations 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 3.41 and an average SAT score of 1140 (ACT 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 undergraduate application (.pdf)​ or contact us to receive a copy in the mail. 

Where do I send my materials?

Transcripts can be emailed to transcripts@cmich.edu or mailed to:
Central Michigan University
Attn: Transcripts Department
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Other application materials can be emailed to apply@cmich.edu or mailed to:
Central Michigan University
Attn: Admission Processing
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

When will I hear an answer on my application?

​Admission letters will start to hit mailboxes in early September. Scholarship notifications will arrive later in the fall.

What if I have questions about my application?

​We would be happy to help you complete your application. Contact us at 989-774-3076 or apply@cmich.edu.