Information for Students and Families

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Summer 2021 Calendar

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  • May 17 — Classes begin for Summer I
  • May 31 — Memorial Day – no classes, university offices closed
  • Jun. 24 — Classes end for Summer I
  • Jun. 28 — Classes begin for Summer II
  • Jul. 5 — Independence Day – no classes, university offices closed
  • Aug. 5 — Classes end for Summer II

Full academic calendars for Summer and Fall 2021 can be found on the Academic Calendars page.

Types of Classes Available this Summer

In addition to traditional classroom and lab instruction, with room capacities set to provide appropriate social distancing, CMU is continuing its HyFlex course model for the summer term. HyFlex allows students to attend in-person classes or participate in the live class through a synchronous online session. Use of HyFlex could mean, for example, that some students attend class in person one day and remotely the next class session based on direction from their instructor. Or a student could choose to participate in class by sitting in a classroom on campus, or to attend that same class, at the same time, remotely from another location.

Most HyFlex course sections plan to offer the opportunity to attend in person from 50% to 100% of the time. These variations are based on classroom space, course capacity and course needs.

This summer and fall, we are offering four different educational delivery modes, in addition to traditional classroom and lab sections:

  • Online synchronous: Courses are fully online but require students and faculty to be online during specific meeting days/times (similar to a Zoom meeting).
  • Online asynchronous: Courses are fully online with no specific meeting days/times. Students do not have to meet for the online class at a certain time. Instead, the instructor posts assignments in an online learning portal, and students read instructions posted, like reading certain chapters or articles. Students might also then be asked to complete assignments by a certain deadline.
  • HyFlex: Courses are offered with synchronous online and in-person options for students. Students may sit in the actual classroom or watch the class from their computer anywhere they choose. Students are strongly recommended to attend in the classroom whenever possible. Hyflex is a synchronous option, meaning students not in the actual classroom must watch the live class on a computer device as it occurs. The class is essentially streaming live (again, think something similar to a Zoom meeting).
  • Hybrid: Courses have some face-to-face time and a mixture of synchronous and/or asynchronous meetings. Some parts of the course require all students to be face to face for class meetings, while other meetings are held either by synchronous online instruction (for example, an instructor teaches from home or an office and speaks to students live through online audio or video conferencing, like a Zoom meeting), or the students would have online asynchronous instruction.

Any student with a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms will access classes remotely.

All of our learning spaces were assessed for capacity and social distancing. Some classrooms were reconfigured to allow for more space between students and faculty, and some classes may be taught in larger or new venues. Please check your schedule to verify the location of the learning space.

Please note: Some courses may require students to be present in person for hands-on work or use of specialized equipment. Students will receive information from their instructors about how HyFlex will be used in each of their courses as the semester begins.

Study Abroad

Summer and Fall 2021 Study Abroad programs are canceled. Students with questions or concerns regarding Study Abroad should contact the Office of Global Engagement at or 989-774-4308.

Residence Life and Campus Dining

Find the latest information about residence halls and campus apartments on the Residence Life FAQ for Fall 2021.

Information about dining options, locations and hours can be found on the CMU Campus Dining website.

Online Classes and Support

Students use the online platform Blackboard for online and in-person classes to access communication from their instructor, assignments and other course documents.

Whether a course is HyFlex, hybrid, face to face or online, instructors want students to succeed. The video "How to Succeed in Your Online Class" gives practical tips for success.

Student success is at the center of everything we do. If your learning has been challenging since the pandemic began, we have support that may make it easier, such as advising, tutoring, writing and mathematics centers and more. Contact Student Disability Services to register for academic accommodations.

Quiet Classroom Spaces

Students who need a quiet space on campus to study or participate in an online class can find a list of available classrooms on this website. Please note the times available for each classroom and the rules outlined for use of these spaces.

International Students

CMU’s Office of Global Engagement actively monitors updates to immigration regulations, visa processing, and travel restrictions that may impact our international students and scholars. Students who have received their I-20s and will be enrolling at CMU for the first time during the 2021-22 academic year will be contacted by the Office of Global Engagement with information on visas/immigration, pre-arrival travel tips, orientation, and arrival/check-in. Incoming international students with questions or concerns on these topics should contact

Continuing international students with questions or concerns about their immigration status or international travel may contact the Office of Global Engagement at, 989-774-4308, or in person (330 Ronan Hall). Continuing students may also refer to the OGE frequently asked questions page for international students.

International students interesting in applying to CMU may contact the Graduate and International Recruitment team at Admitted international students with questions about their I-20 may contact

Student Payments

Enrollment Reservation Deposit

Your $175 enrollment reservation deposit for Fall 2021 can be paid immediately or deferred until Oct. 1, 2021. Register for New Student Orientation and pay or request to defer your deposit here.

Housing and Tuition Payments

The first housing payment of $350 for Fall 2021 is due on June 1 by 5 p.m. To pay online, log into CentralLink using your global id and password. To request a deferral until Oct. 1, please send an email to Failure to defer or make the payment may result in cancellation of your housing assignment. The remainder of your housing charges and fall tuition will be placed on your September billing statement with any remaining balance not covered by financial aid due on Oct. 1.

Payment Help

If your financial situation has changed significantly, please reach out to Student Account Services and University Billing by emailing or calling 989-774-3618.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

There's still time to apply to join us for the fall 2021 semesters as a freshman or transfer student. Explore the process on our Undergraduate Admissions page. New student orientation and class registration is an online experience. Housing applications are still being accepted, and each residence hall will be at reduced density for the health and safety of our students.