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 change on a daily basis! Check, frequently,
CMU's Coronavirus Information Center for Incoming Students for updates, resources and how to connect with various campus departments for answers to your questions.
Is New Student Orientation for freshmen and transfer students being impacted or cancelled due to COVID-19?
As Central Michigan University operations continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, two priorities continue to be front and center: supporting student success and keeping our communities healthy and safe. To meet these vital objectives:
- All New Student Orientation sessions through June 25 are now being offered as virtual experiences.
- Students registered for these sessions will receive an email with instructions about fulfilling their requirement one week prior to their orientation date.
- For students who participate in a virtual orientation, CMU will offer special campus visit opportunities when deemed safe to do so.
How do I pay the $175 enrollment deposit?
An enrollment deposit 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.
How do I reserve a date to attend New Student Orientation?
Once CMU has received and processed the enrollment deposit, you will be able to reserve a date to attend orientation using CMU's online reservation system. Your CMU Global ID and password is needed to gain access to this system. This reservation process will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
How do I activate my CMU Global ID and E-Mail account?
Contact CMU’s Help Desk at (989) 774-3662 or visit
their website for assistance.
When will I receive confirmation of the date I selected to attend orientation?
Once you complete and submit your online reservation, a confirmation will be sent to your CMU e-mail account with important information about orientation and visiting campus that day.
Why is New Student Orientation mandatory?
Research demonstrates that students benefit from a formal orientation program. We cover critical information that will contribute to a success as a student. To ensure awareness of registration policies and procedures, students are not allowed to register for classes until they attend an orientation session.
How can I be sure I get the classes I need?
Academic advisors will work individually with you, during orientation, to choose and register for classes. Once orientation has been completed, you have access to CMU's registration system and may continue to make changes and adjustments to your schedule.
Is Fire Up Friday the same as Academic Orientation?
No, these programs are different in several ways. Fire Up Friday is an optional program sponsored by the Admissions Office and offers students the opportunity to learn more about Residence Life, New Student Orientation, Academic Advising and other involvement opportunities at CMU. Those who attend Fire Up Friday programs are still required to attend a New Student Orientation.
Will I be required to take placement tests at orientation?
No. Placement, for specific courses, will be based on your high school GPA and scores on the SAT (or ACT).
A foreign language placement test can be taken if you intend to continue a language previously taken in high school.
Are Marching Band and Music Auditions still happening?
Auditions for the 98th season of the Chippewa Marching Band will take place online. Auditions for incoming non-music majors and minors, either live or via prepared video submission, will be conducted between the last week of May and the first two weeks of June. We ask for your patience while we work out the details. We are preparing revised demonstration videos and will post those soon. In the meantime, the posted materials are still a good guide for your preparation. View up-to-date information.
Incoming music majors and minors not auditioning for the color guard or drum line won't need to prepare an audition. More information will come to you directly in the coming days. View up-to-date information