Congratulations on your acceptance to Central Michigan University! We understand starting college is both an exciting and stressful time. Rest assured - CMU's New Student Orientation program is committed to making your transition is as smooth as possible.

Whether you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, the atmosphere of New Student Orientation will leave you feeling more prepared to begin this exciting next chapter of your life at CMU.

Future students: review your next steps below before attending your orientation session. If you have any questions, please contact the Orientation Office at (989) 774-6629 or

Pre-orientation checklist:

  • Activate your CMU Global ID and email account
    Your Global ID is the unique pin that was included in your admittance packet sent from the Admissions Office. This pin is also the username for your CMICH email account which you should get in the habit of checking several times per week.
  • Schedule a New Student Orientation date
    Your Global ID and password are needed in order to reserve an orientation date. New undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international) are required to attend orientation.
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    If you wish to be eligible for federal student aid, this form is required. Most students qualify for some form of financial aid, so be sure to file your FAFSA sooner than later. Contact your high school counselor or any college financial aid office to receive a paper form. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (989-774-3674).
  • Start your on-campus housing application
    Approximately five days after paying your deposit you will receive a "Welcome Home" booklet from the Office of Residence Life and email. This guide will outline the steps in how to start your housing application. All freshmen and second-year students are required to live on-campus in a residence hall or Northwest Apartments.