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.
If I would like to stay overnight in Mt. Pleasant, where do I find options?
Find accommodations on the City of Mt. Pleasant's website.
Where can I find parking information?
Parking lots are specific to each scheduled orientation date. Review our
campus map to see where lots are located, and your e-mail confirmation for specific parking instructions.
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 your intend to continue a language previously taken in high school.
What does the Orientation day look like?
Freshmen sessions: Students and supporters will check in at 8:00 a.m. and the program will conclude by 4:00 p.m.
Transfer sessions: Students and supporters will check in at 8:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 3:00 p.m.
If you cannot commit to this timeframe, a different orientation date will need to be scheduled.
Am I allowed to leave orientation during the session?
No. You must stay with the Orientation program and assigned group throughout the entire program. If you choose to leave before orientation is concluded, you will be required to attend another session. Please plan accordingly.
Who can attend orientation with me?
Family members and supporters are invited to attend. Please keep in mind, however, that a majority of their sessions will be held separately from yours. Family/Supporter sessions provide an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn more about CMU. Due to limited space with the program, it is not possible for friends or significant others to attend.
Can I bring the family pet to orientation?
Service animals are permitted to attend, but pets are not. If you have an emotional support animal, they will need to be registered with Student Disability Services: (989) 774-3018 or
Do students and family members attend meetings together?
No. Sessions are scheduled for the same date, but family and student meetings are held separately in order to address the specific interests and questions of each group.
Will my family members be with me when I schedule classes?
Family members will not be with you when scheduling classes with of the help of your academic advising team. At the conclusion of New Student Orientation, advisors can answer any questions regarding classes, academic program requirements, and the registration process.
What should I bring with me?
A state issued ID, comfortable clothing, and walking shoes--depending on the weather! Walking to meeting locations will be part of your orientation day. Other than that, just bring any questions and a great attitude!
How can I audition for the School of Music?
For more information about auditions and dates, visit the School of Music's audition page. You can also contact the School of Music at (989) 774-3281.