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Countdown to arrival

There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air on campus. There’s less strolling and more brisk walking. People are busy. Professors are writing syllabuses; staff are firing up for move-in events; and restaurants are stocked and ready to go. Flowers are blooming and even the trees have their finest greenery on display.

The students are coming back! And this year, that includes you.

Sign up for your move-in time slot

You should have received an email in your account on Aug. 11 with information on how to sign up for your move-in time. If you missed it, find it and fill it out now. If you can’t find it, contact Residence Life at 989-774-3111 or

Important move-in dates

Just a reminder about when move-in takes place if you’re taking part in IMPACT or Leadership Safari. And when you can expect everyone else to be on campus.

  • Sunday, Aug. 21: 8 a.m. to noon – IMPACT participants move in and start their program.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Leadership Safari participants move in. Get some sleep, your safari starts on Wednesday morning.
  • Friday, Aug. 26: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – General move-in for first-year students and new transfer students.
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – General move-in for returning students/campus apartment residents/transfer students.
  • Sunday, Aug. 28: Move-in day for any student who does not need to participate in Campus Life 101 and who wishes to move in on Sunday.
  • Monday, Aug. 29: Classes begin!

Bookstore hours

After you get moved in, you’ll want to check out the CMU Bookstore. It’s the place to go for CMU gear, folders, computer necessities, art supplies and more. It’s located on the main level of the Bovee University Center. Hours are a bit different during move-in days:

Aug. 22-26                             8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aug. 27                                  10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aug. 28                                  noon-6 p.m.

Aug 29-Sept. 1                      8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sept. 2                                    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Sept. 3-5 for Labor Day

Sept. 6-8                                8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sept. 9                                    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 12 regular fall hours begin:

Monday-Thursday                8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fridays                                    8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturdays                               10 a.m.-3 p.m., if there’s no home game

CMU Football

The first home football game will be in Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Our CMU Chippewas will take on the South Alabama Jaguars. CMU students get in free to all home games. Wear your maroon and gold, take it all in, and you’ll quickly pick up on all our football traditions.


All meals are provided to IMPACT and Leadership Safari participants. Starting on Aug. 25, all dining halls will also be open. There’s a Starbucks in the Bovee University Center, and while you’re there, check out  Central Eats, our food court on the lower level.

Don’t forget the on-campus activities


Sunday, Aug. 28, 4 to 7 p.m. on Franklin Street near Warriner Hall

The street will be lined with all kinds of registered students organizations (RSOs) that would love to have you as their newest member. Join in and make new friends across campus in club sports, Greek Life, pre-professional organizations, service-oriented groups, hobby-related clubs and more. There will be plenty of giveaways and a prize drawing, too!

Get Acquainted Day  

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4 to 7 p.m. on Warriner Mall

Join us for music with a live DJ, free food, performances, dancing and a chance to socialize and connect with others in a celebration of our fired-up community spirit.

Student Activity Center

With a fitness center, pool, courts and tracks you can start or continue a fitness program beginning with your first weekend on campus. For hours, check out the University Recreation Facebook page, URecCMU.

All the big box stores along Mission Road are stocked and ready for you. If you forget something, Walmart, Target and Meijer probably have it on display. Don’t forget Staples for technical gear, Ulta Beauty, Ric’s for groceries and TJ Maxx for room decor are all near or off Mission Road, too.

Give our list of room contents and suggested things to pack one final look and get ready to join in.

See you next week!

Blog: Admissions Director's Blog Class of 2026 posted | Last Modified: | Author: by Jennifer DeHaemers, Vice President, Student Recruitment and Retention | Categories: Admissions
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