​Make it a smooth transition...

You soon will be taking the next step toward achieving your goal in higher education. Central Michigan University's Orientation, Advisement, and Registration session will help you start on the right foot.

New undergraduate students are required to attend orientation to finalize admission.

International students:  If you are a new undergraduate or graduate international student, please go the Office of International Affairs webpage here to register for your specific international student orientation. 

Enrollment checklist

Step 1:  Establish your CMU connection

Set up your CMU Global Identification and e-mail account. To access this account you will need your unique PIN, which is included in your admittance packet. For your convenience, much of our official communication will be sent to you via e-mail.  What is my global ID?​

Step 2:  Secure your financial resources

To begin the process, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is available after Jan. 1 from your high school counselor or any college financial aid office, as well as online at fafsa.gov. Call the CMU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid toll free at 888-392-0007 if you have questions or need any help.​

Step 3:  Reserve your place for orientation*

During your academic orientation session you will register for your first semester of classes, meet with your academic advisor and receive your campus identification card. 

You will use only your global ID (not your full email address) and password to login to register your orientation date.

International Student Orientation:  If you are an incoming international student, you will not register for orientation on this page.  You will need to register for your international student orientation by selecting the link above, scrolling down the page and selecting the correct orientation fee button.  

Step 4:  Reserve your housing​​​

You will receive a 'Welcome Home' booklet from the Office of Residence Life a short time (normally within 5 business days) after paying your $175 enrollment reservation deposit.  The booklet will explain the process to apply for your residence hall room (page 4).  Among the benefits of living in one of our residence halls, you’ll have opportunities to meet with academic advisors right where you live and enjoy flexible and convenient dining options and fitness facilities.  

Academic Orientation
Central Michigan University's orientation program provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the university prior to your first day of classes. Whether you are a new freshman or a transfer student from another college, you will get answers to your questions and more at an orientation session.

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  • Registration for first semester classes
  • An opportunity to meet with advisors
  • Photograph for campus ID card
  • Explanation of university procedures including parking permits, financial aid, billing, tuition and banking.

Reserving Your Date to Attend
Upon admission to CMU, information is mailed to you from the Admissions office regarding payment of the $175 enrollment reservation deposit.  Online payment can be made using credit card or electronic check. If you do not have access to use online payment, you can mail your payment using the deposit card sent to you by Admissions. This payment reserves your place as a new CMU student.  After your enrollment reservation deposit has been paid and processed by CMU, you will be sent a postcard asking you to reserve your orientation date by using our online reservation system.  Click here if you are ready to pay your deposit online and reserve your orientation date.

Orientation Program Details
Use the links in the right hand navigation bar on this page to find details about your specific orientation program.  You will also find answers to commonly asked questions about the orientation process.​​  Confirmation of your orientation registration will be sent to your CMU e-mail account listing your orientation date, time, location and parking details along with links to other important information relevant to your day's event.

Space for each orientation session is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Submitting a timely reservation will improve your chance of receiving your first choice of dates.​​​