Central Michigan University's New Student Orientation program provides a comprehensive introduction to the university prior to your first day of class. This includes explanations of resources and offices to help new students through their transition to CMU.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Scheduling classes
  • Student resource fair
  • An explanation of university policies and procedures including parking permits, financial aid, billing, tuition and banking
  • Connecting with other new students and supporters
  • Morning refreshments and lunch

"What should I bring to Orientation?"
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket or umbrella in case of rain
  • Jacket, sweater or sweatshirt for varying temperatures in different locations
  • State issued ID in order to receive CMU student ID

Reserving an Orientation date
Space for each orientation session is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once CMU has received and processed your enrollment deposit, you will be able to reserve an orientation date. You will need your CMU Global ID and password to access the registration system. This reservation process will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

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. 

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

Community College Students

To Community colleges in Michigan have an agreement with four-year institutions regarding the transfer of credits to satisfy general education requirements--the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Prior to orientation, it is recommended that transfer students with an advisor at their community college and inquire about the MTA. 

Family Orientation

CMU welcomes supporters 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, their family members and/or guests will attend special sessions learning how they can best support students during their academic career.  

Highlights of the program include:

  • An opportunity to learn how to support your student's success
  • A guided tour of CMU's campus
  • Explanation of important university policies and procedures including parking permits, billing, tuition and banking
  • Lunch at one of our residential restaurants

Supporters are registered for orientation in their students' account when the student signs up for their orientation. 

Since program space is limited, New Student Orientation cannot accommodate friends who wish to go through the orientation process. 

Those who would like to request an accommodation due to a special need or condition should contact the Orientation Office at (989) 774-6629 at least two weeks prior to a student’s orientation date.