Information for Students

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Fall 2020 study abroad programs are cancelled. Students with questions or concerns regarding study abroad should contact the Office of Global Engagement at

We are excited to welcome our returning and new students to campus this fall. If you and your family are new to CMU, know that we are committed to meeting the high standard of support and service that you expect as you make this important academic and social transition.

If you plan to begin at CMU after the fall 2020 semester, please visit our Undergraduate Admissions page.

Semester Calendar

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The fall semester will begin and end earlier this fall. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 17, and will end Wednesday, Nov. 25. Find the calendar here and more information in the fall schedule Q&A

This change in the academic calendar will impact many events and activities scheduled for fall. Details regarding events and activities will be shared as they become available.

Events and activities scheduled for fall

Residence Hall Move-in and Campus Dining

Students who plan to live in on-campus housing will receive information about room assignments on Monday, July 20, and move-in dates from the Office of Residence Life. Students and families also may visit this Residence Life Q&A page for additional information.

Full-service dining in the CMU residential restaurants will resume Aug. 13. Additional information about dining options and protocols is available on the Campus Dining website.

If you are on campus and need a mask, click here to see purchase locations.

Types of Classes Available this Fall

CMU is implementing the hybrid-flexible, or HyFlex, model for the entire fall semester.  This will allow students to attend in-person classes or participate in the live class through a synchronous online session. Use of HyFlex could mean, for example, that some students attend class in person one day and remotely the next class session based on direction from their instructor. Or a student could choose to participate in class by sitting in a classroom on campus, or to attend that same class, at the same time, remotely from another location.

Students will receive information about how HyFlex will be used in each of their courses from their instructors in early August. Most HyFlex course sections plan to offer the opportunity to attend in person from 50% to 100% of the time. These variations are based on the classroom space, course capacity and course needs.

This fall, we are offering four different styles of educational delivery modes:

  • Online synchronous – Courses that are fully online, but require students and faculty to be online during specific meeting days/times (similar to a Zoom meeting).
  • Online asynchronous – Courses that are fully online with no specific meeting days/times as previously described. This simply means the student doesn’t have to meet for the online class at a certain time. Instead, the professor posts assignments in an online learning portal, and students might read the instructions the professor has posted, like reading certain chapters or articles. Students might also then be asked to write and submit an assignment online by a certain deadline. Or to post a blog or thoughts about certain topics in a forum by a certain date.
  • HyFlex – These are courses offered with synchronous online AND in person options for students. The Hyflex options allows students to sit in the actual class or to watch the class from their computer at home, in their residence hall or anywhere they choose. Hyflex is a synchronous option, meaning if a student is not in the actual classroom, then they must watch the live class on a computer device as it is occurring. The class is essentially streaming live (again, think something similar to a Zoom meeting).
  • Hybrid – These are courses with some face to face and a mixture of synchronous and/or asynchronous meetings. This just means some parts of the class require all students to be face to face for class meetings, while other meetings could happen through synchronous online instruction (for example, a professor teaches from their home or office and speaks to students live through online audio or video conferencing solution, like a Zoom meeting), or the students would have online asynchronous instruction.

Any student with a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms will access classes remotely.

Please note: Some courses may require students to be present in person for hands-on work or use of specialized equipment. Students will receive information from their instructors about how HyFlex will be used in each of their courses as the semester begins.

Classroom Spaces and Cleanliness

As we assess all of our learning spaces for capacity and social distancing, you may find location changes to some of your classes. Some classrooms will be reconfigured to allow for more space between students and faculty; some classes may be taught in larger venues.

CMU custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect classroom areas, and cleaning supplies will be available in each classroom so faculty and students may clean chairs and desks between classes should they wish to do so. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at main building entrances.

Online Classes and Support

Sections of some fall 2020 courses have shifted online. The Registrar's Office is emailing students registered for these sections to notify them of the change and recommend that they review their schedule. Various departments or colleges also will inform affected students by the week of July 13 and indicate HyFlex sections available to switch into. These sections are labeled on the course schedule as HyFlex. 

Students use the online platform Blackboard for online and in-person classes to access communication from their instructor, assignments and other course documents.

There are several Student Resources for Online Learning, with tutorials, videos, guides and tools including Webex and Microsoft Teams. Some specialized software required for classes may be available for download. See the Virtual Lab configuration instructions to install the software you need.


Whether a class is HyFlex, face to face or online, instructors want students to succeed. The video "How to Succeed in Your Online Class" gives practical tips for success.

Student success is at the center of everything we do. If online learning was challenging last spring, we have support that may make it easier in the fall. Contact Student Disability Services to register for academic accommodations.

Quiet Classroom Spaces

Students who need a quiet space on campus to study or participate in an online class can find a list of available classrooms on this website. Please note the times available for each classroom and the rules outlined for use of these spaces.

International Students

The Office of Global Engagement has created a webpage with frequently asked questions for international students. New or continuing international students with questions or concerns regarding their arrival or enrollment for the fall semester should contact the Office of Global Engagement.

Deferred Payments

Enrollment Reservation Deposit

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Your $175 enrollment reservation deposit can be paid immediately or deferred until Nov. 1. Register for New Student Orientation and pay or request to defer your deposit here.

Housing Payment

You may defer your first housing payment to Nov. 1. Email with your name and CMU Student ID number (a 10-digit number that begins with 0000).

Tuition Payment

When you register for classes at orientation, tuition will be posted to your account. We offer payment plans, or you may elect to defer until Nov. 1 payment of tuition not covered by student loans or financial aid.

Payment Help

If your financial situation has changed significantly, please reach out to Student Account Services and University Billing by emailing or calling 989-774-3618.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

There's still time to apply to join us for the fall 2021 semester as a freshman or transfer student. Explore the process on our Undergraduate Admissions page. New student orientation and class registration is an online experience. Housing applications are still being accepted, and each residence hall will be at reduced density for the health and safety of our students.