New Student Orientation offers a sneak preview of life at Central Michigan University, preparing freshmen students for their first upcoming semester. For students needing assistance with their academic plan and career direction, professionally trained advising staff and career development team will meet with incoming students to provide clear direction. For students who have already decided on their fields of study, they will learn about the specific requirements of their degrees, majors, and related minors, so they can hit the ground running when the semester begins.

New Student Orientation highlights include:
  • Registration for first semester classes
  • An opportunity to meet with financial advisors
  • Official photo for campus ID card (if needed)
  • An explanation of university policies and procedures including parking permits, billing, tuition and banking
  • Connecting with staff, faculty, and other incoming CMU students

New Student Orientation is mandatory. Freshmen orientation check-in begins around 8:00 a.m. and the day will conclude late-afternoon. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Times vary for late-summer orientation dates. Please review the email confirmation sent to your CMU email account after you registered for details regarding your specific orientation.

Scheduling New Student Orientation

Once CMU has received and processed a student’s $175 enrollment deposit, they will be able to reserve their orientation date using CMU’s online reservation system. Students will need their CMU Global ID and password to access the registration system. This reservation process will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Space for each orientation session is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
After completing a reservation, a confirmation will be sent to the student’s CMU e-mail account listing the orientation date, time, location and parking details. This email will also include links to other important information relevant to New Student Orientation.

Family Orientation Schedule

CMU welcomes family members to come to New Student Orientation, for a day of learning and fun! While students will spend the day concentrating on the specific needs of their upcoming year, their family members and/or guests will attend special sessions learning how they can best support their students during their academic career. Family orientation highlights include:
  • An opportunity to meet with financial advisors 
  • A guided tour of CMU’s campus
  • An explanation of important university policies and procedures including parking permits, billing, tuition and banking
  • A gourmet meal at one of our residential restaurants

Music Auditions

If a student would like to audition for the School of Music, the available audition dates are outlined below. For more information, visit the School of Music's webpage or contact them directly at (989) 774-3281. Auditions are scheduled the evening before a student’s New Student Orientation session date.

Marching Band – Fall 2019 Audition Dates

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Choral – Fall 2019 Audition Dates

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Drumline – Fall 2019 Audition Dates

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