If you are interested in pursuing a bachelor degree at CMU and have never taken courses at another college or university, please follow these steps to apply for admission as an international freshman. We encourage you to submit all documents directly to the Admissions Office, at least three months prior to the semester for which you intend to begin classes. Your application will be reviewed once all documents have been received. 
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Central Michigan University
Attn: Application Processing
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: (989) 774-3076
Fax: (989) 774-3232
Email: apply@cmich.edu

Step 1: Application for admission

Submit a completed International Student Application for Admission online and the accompanying $35 application fee. The fee may be paid by credit card (at the end of the online application), or by check/money order payable to Central Michigan University and written from a U.S. bank.

Application deadlines: Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

Step 2: Official transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by all secondary and post-secondary institutions which you have attended. Transcripts must include English translations. 

Step 3: Passport

Please submit a copy of the biographic page of your passport. 

Step 4: English proficiency

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of a country exempt from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), you must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  2. International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  3. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  4. Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  5. ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112 
If you have not taken one of the English competency tests listed above, or if your score falls below the requirement for admission, you may work toward meeting the English proficiency requirements by applying to CMU's  undergraduate Bridge Program or English Language Institute (ELI).  

Step 5: ACT/SAT score
Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. This step only applies to intercollegiate student-athletes.

Notification of admission

You will be notified of your admission electronically. The Office of International Affairs will then contact you with further instructions regarding  visas and other documentation which may be required.