New Student Orientation offers a sneak preview of life at Central Michigan University, preparing transfer students for their upcoming semester and a smooth transition to CMU. 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
  • Meeting with staff, faculty, and advisors to plan your success at CMU
  • An opportunity to learn about various university resources
  • Connect with classmates and other families joining the CMU community
  • View the Transfer schedule (April, May, and June sessions)
  • View the Transfer schedule (July and August sessions)

New Student Orientation is mandatory. Transfer orientation check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the day will conclude by 3:30 p.m. Morning refreshments and student lunch will be provided. Please plan to attend the full program.

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.

cheduling 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. Click to start the reservation process.

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.

Transfer Credit Evaluation
Transfer New Student Orientation will concentrate on the specific needs of new transfer students and their unique path to learning. If all documentation has been submitted, students will receive a copy of their transfer credit evaluation and learn how the credit applies to CMU degree requirements.

To ensure your orientation process goes smoothly, be sure to send your final transcripts from your prior schools as soon as you have completed classes in order to have them evaluated and applied to your academic history. Family orientation highlights include:

  • Electronic address:
  • Mailing address:  CMU, Attn: Transcript Department, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858

Family Orientation Schedule
CMU welcomes transfer student 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, student's family members and/or will attend special sessions learning how they can best support their students during their academic career. Family orientation highlights include:

Still have additional questions regarding New Student Orientation? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page

Community College Students
Community colleges in Michigan have an agreement with four-year universities regarding the transfer of credits needed to satisfy general education requirements. This is referred to as the MACRAO agreement. Prior to orientation, it is recommended that transfer students meet with the counselor or Registrar at their community college and inquire about their MACRAO or MTA agreement status. Completing the MACRAO and MTA agreement could reduce the number of general education classes students may need to take at CMU.