Catie Parmelee
​​Catie Parmelee

Transfer Student

Hometown: Whitehall, Mich.

Meet Catie, a transfer student with a major in exercise science. Catie transferred from Muskegon Community College after deciding it was time to move away and branch out into a new experience. After completing her first year at CMU, she hasn’t looked back.

Catie originally chose CMU because of her desired program, but once she set foot on campus she immediately felt at home. “Campus is so inviting. When I visited, people in front of me would open the door and hold it for me. This environment is so welcoming.”

A new beginning. “It’s different here than community college. There are so many activities at CMU to get to know everyone. You can go to football games, softball games and events on campus. You’re actually doing things with people. It feels good to be a part of a great community.”

Guidance to succeed. “It was a challenge getting used to campus and deciding where I wanted to go with my career. The transfer student advisers really helped me decide what I wanted. They had faith in me, which helped put faith in myself.”

New stories to share. “There are so many people here that have their own story. It might sound cheesy, but the moments I’ll never forget are the moments I’m sitting in the lounge of the residence halls with my friends and getting to know each other. Those are the moments when you’re making friends that you will have for the rest of your life.”


CMU transfer students hitting the ground running

Highlights of a transfer student lifestyle include:

  • There are more than 1,500 students who transfer to CMU every year from community colleges or other accredited universities.
  • Several areas across the university offer services specifically geared to advising and engaging transfer students, including academic services and advising.
  • CMU makes it easy for transfer students to understand courses will transfer to their CMU program.

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