start your application
Start your application

​​So you have browsed through and​, and maybe even visited campus, and discovered Central Michigan University to offer big-university opportunities in a small-university atmosphere. 

Welcome to Central!

You are ready to begin your application and we can walk you step by step through the process. It all starts here:

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

Central Michigan University typically receives the third-highest number of applications among all the state’s public universities – 19,000 applications per year for a freshmen class of approximately 3,700. Prospective freshmen are encouraged to apply early in the fall of their senior year. Priority consideration for admission and limited scholarship funds is given to applications received by November 15.

What goes into the admissions process?

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.

A typical freshman class at CMU has an average high school grade point average of 3.33 and an average ACT score of 23. Along with being good students, successful CMU students tend to be well rounded in activities, interests and involvement.

Although an admissions essay is not required, applicants may send a separate sheet to provide any information that should be considered while reviewing your application. You may wish to include extracurricular and leadership activities, employment, or explain special situations that impacted your academic record.

I am coming to campus – can I drop off my application in person?

Absolutely! Print a hard copy 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. If you have not received a response from the Admissions Office within four weeks, you may check the status of your application using the Track My App link, or feel free to contact us directly.



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Phone: 989-774-4000

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