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I have questions about how COVID-19 might affect my decision to attend or apply to CMU.
You are not alone as information about the coronavirus and its impacts continue to change frequently. Check CMU's Coronavirus Information Center for Incoming Students website for updates, resources and how to connect with various campus departments for answers to your questions.

What does virtual Orientation look like?
We have designed an experience that requires students to be “logged in and live” on their orientation day. For freshman students this will be from 9am-3pm, with encouraged opportunities offered until 4:30pm. Transfer students are in live sessions from 9-11:30am, with an additional 30-minute advising appointment that is required either before or on their orientation day.

As part of your orientation experience, you will be introduced to #LifeAtCentral, learning about academic requirements, campus resources, and ways to get involved. You’ll connect with other students, meet with your academic advisor, and register for your first semesters at CMU.

Students and families also have access to a number of self-paced materials. You will also have the option to schedule 1:1 appointments with many offices throughout the summer.

Are any placement exams required before my Orientation session?
Yes. The CMU Math Placement will help decide what mathematics courses to enroll in at CMU and prepare you for future success. This is a free online assessment. 


Can students and family members attend meetings together?
Students and family members may attend any of the virtual sessions together, but we encourage the student to take responsibility for their learning and registering for their classes. Additionally, we will have family programming opportunities throughout that summer that we encourage parents and supporters to attend virtually.

Please note: There will not be a parent/supporter fee charged since orientation is virtual.

How can I test my device for the virtual orientation? 
We ask that you test your device prior to the session to determine if you require any set-up to enable camera and microphone use. Watch a short video about using WebEx during your orientation session. If you would like to test your device with a member of the OIT Help Desk, you may call 989-774-3662 to speak with a staff member to learn more about using WebEx.

I’m concerned about accessing a virtual orientation session.
If you do not have access to a smart device and consistent Wi-Fi, please call the New Student Orientation office at 989-774-6629. We can discuss possible alternate options. 

I need accessible materials or ASL interpreting.
To request accommodations please contact Student Disability Services.

What if I lose internet connection during the LIVE session?
Life happens! If your internet comes back on, you can click the link in your email to join the session again. We encourage other members of your household to consider limiting their use of Wi-Fi, as too many uses could impact your connection. If you are unable to reconnect, please email us.

Do I need to set up an appointment with an advisor prior to orientation?
For freshman students, you will meet with your academic advisor on your orientation day for small group advising and registration. You can also schedule a follow-up appointment with your advisor after orientation day.

For transfer students, we will arrange your required advising appointment. It will most likely occur on your assigned orientation date, but some students may complete this step before their orientation session. You will receive an email with the date and time of your academic advising appointment.

Where will I get my Central ID card?
Students will receive an email from the Central Card office prior to the start of their first semester with instructions regarding the Central ID photo submission and distribution process. Thank you for your patience!

I’m having trouble accessing the LIVE Orientation page, what do I do?
Check the system requirements and testing information offered in the email you received. Call the CMU Helpdesk (989-774-3662). If still unable to log on, call the New Student Orientation Office (989-774-6629) or email us

Orientation Registration FAQs

How do I pay my enrollment deposit?
An enrollment deposit of $175 reserves your space as a new CMU student. You can be pay this either online or by mail. Online payments can be made using credit card or electronic check by visiting the New Student Orientation portal. After the payment is made (or deferred until a later date), you can complete your academic profile and select an orientation date.

Please note: There will not be a parent/supporter fee charged since orientation is virtual.

I am having trouble logging in to register.
Make sure you have activated your global ID and password. If it’s not a Global ID issue, record information and call the CMU Helpdesk (989-774-3662). 

How do I change my orientation date? 
Please email or call the orientation office (989-774-6629). 

Why is Orientation required?
Research demonstrates that all students, even transfer students, benefit from a formal orientation program. The University has required the program for quite some time. 

What if I cannot make any of the dates?
Please email or call the orientation office (989-774-6629). 

Where do I send Transcripts?
Please email them or send to the following address:
CMU, Attn: Transcript Department, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

I completed orientation, what’s next? 
We encourage you to view the self-paced materials on our orientation website and within the new student orientation Blackboard shell. Reach out with any questions you have, we’re here to help you every step of the way! Also, be sure to take care of items, such as:
  • Filing your FAFSA to apply for financial aid.
  • Competing your housing application, if you plan to live on campus
  • Checking your cmich.edu email account regularly for updates and information as you get ready for your first semester.

What is Campus Life 101?
This is a program with required sessions for all new FR and TR students living on campus. Information about completing this programming in August will be communicated with students later this summer.