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New Student Checklist
Now that you've signed up for New Student Orientation, here are the things you need to do before arriving for classes.

  1. Begin your housing application. Since living on-campus is an important part of your college experience, all first-and second-year students are required to live on-campus. Instructions on how to start this application will be sent to you soon after your enrollment deposit is processed.

  2. Send your official transcripts. In order to have your academic history evaluated and applied to your CMU record, send your final transcripts from your prior schools as soon as you have completed classes. Please email to or mail them the following address:
    Central Michigan University
    Attn: Transcript Department
    802 Industrial Drive
    Mt. Pleasant, MI  48858
    Verify transfer credits, along with credits from AP, CLEP and IB, on Degree Progress.

  3. Sign up for one of CMU's leadership programs.
    Leadership Camp - This 3-day experience in early summer will help you meet
       other new 
    students, form bonds with current CMU leaders, and familiarize yourself
       with campus, all while learning about the social change model 
       of leadership development.  
       Learn more about Leadership Camp.
    • IMPACT - In August, CMU hosts IMPACT, a transition program for new multicultural
       students to start their time at college off right. Here, multicultural students will connect
       with resources and support to help aid their transition to college.
       Learn more about and register for IMPACT.
     Leadership Safari This premier leadership program for incoming students will help
       you start your time off right at CMU, by connecting you with 2,000 other incoming
       students and nationally recognized speakers. 
       Learn more about and register for Leadership Safari.


  4. Apply to be part of a Residential Living-Learning Community. For more information on these optional communities or to apply, visit the links below. There are no additional fees to be part of these transformative programs.
    Business Residential College (BRC)
    Education and Human Services Residential College (EHSRC)
    • Health Professions Residential College (HPRC)
    Public-Spirited Scholars in Residence (PSSR)
    Science and Engineering Residential College (SERC) 

  5. Upload your Central ID Card Photo. In April, you will receive an email from Blackboard regarding this, optional, Online Photo Submission process. This email will be sent to your CMU email account and contain a link to submit a photo your Central ID card. 

  6. Double check your finances. If you filed your FAFSA, the government may require you to upload certain documents or provide additional information to complete the process. Check on the status of your financial aid and plan your finances by logging into your CentralLink account.

    Register your vehicle. If you're bringing a car to campus, make sure it's registered with Parking Services.

  8. Purchase textbooks and course materials. New, used, rental, and digital options are available at the CMU Bookstore. You can also compare prices from other retailers.

  9. Complete required Think About It training. In early August, you will receive an email invitation to complete this online module. This 90-minute training is required for all new freshmen and transfer students.

  10. Not sure about your major? Explore career options and find out more about yourself with resources available from the Career Development Center.

  11. Register your computer and other networked devices. Instructions and network policies are available on the ResNet website.

  12. Check Blackboard through CentralLink. View any posted course assignments or announcements a few days before the start of the semester.

  13. Become involved. Explore student activities, registered student organizations (RSOs), and other ways to connect with CMU and community through the Office of Student Activities and Involvement.

  14. Attend Community Life Orientation. To continue your orientation and acclimation to CMU, all incoming students must attend three presentations during their first few days on campus.
  15. Participate in Fall kick-off events
    marks the official start of the academic
       year, where you’ll be welcomed by university leadership, distinguished and faculty
       members, and recent alumni. All incoming students are required to attend.

    • Mainstage - 
    Connect with CMU's Registered Student Organizations
    s), get some free food and giveaways, and learn more about the Mt. Pleasant

Orientation Sessions
(Students starting in Spring 2020)

November 15: Transfer
December 13: Freshmen & Transfer
January 9: Freshmen & Transfer

Orientation Sessions
(Students starting in Fall 2020)

Dates coming soon

Check your CMICH email for updates