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​​​​​​Becoming a student and enrolling in courses can seem overwhelming, but CMU’s friendly staff is ready to help every step of your journey. Just follow the simple steps below ​to start accomplishing your goals today.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We support applicants who have been impacted by COVID-19. If you are temporarily unable to obtain the required application materials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) due to coronavirus-related closures of schools and test centers, please contact us at or 989-774-4444 to discuss alternative ways of completing your application. We may choose to evaluate unofficial transcripts or test scores, or conduct a holistic review of available materials if a test score does not exist.  

If you have questions not addressed below, or need assistance with the process, you may chat with a representative or call 877-268-4636.​

Apply to CMU and Pay the Application Fee

You must submit your CMU application online and pay your application fee ($40 undergraduate, $50 graduate). If you did not submit your application fee when you applied you can do so by either:

  • Calling (800) 664-2681 - option 1 - to submit your payment over the phone.
  • Submitting your payment electronically by returning to your online application and logging in to pay the fee
  • Or mail payment to:
    Central Michigan University
    Attn: Financial Services
    802 Industrial Drive
    Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858

Send Transcripts/Materials to CMU

Official transcript(s) from all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework must be sent directly to CMU at:

CMU Global Campus
Attn: Transcript Dept.
802 Industrial Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

​OR electronically to The Transcript Request Form can be used to place your request for transcripts to your former schools.

Some academic programs require additional​ materials. Refer to the admissions requirements of your desired academic programs  for more information. All materials submitted in support of an application become the property of CMU and are not returnable, refundable, forwarded, copied, or released to third parties.​

Admissions Review/Decision

Your application is reviewed for admissions once all required admissions materials have been received. An admissions decision is emailed to the address provided on your application. A Pre-Admit admission status often is granted. Under pre-admit status, you may enroll in a limited number of courses until you earn Conditional or Regular admission status.​

Global ID Set Up

Once admitted, you need to activate your Global ID and CMU email account​. For assistance, contact the CMU Help Desk at 800-950-1144, ext. 3662. Your Global ID grants access to CMU systems like the student portal, CMU email and Blackboard. It is important to check your CMU email daily.​

Access CMU Bulletin

You are responsible for understanding the process and policies detailed in your CMU Bulletin​ that govern your coursework and education at CMU.

Complete Online Student Orientation​

You are encouraged to complete the online Undergraduate or Graduate Orientation​. This will ensure you are familiar with the processes and policies CMU follows.​

Financial Steps

If you will use financial aid please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine your eligibility for grants and loans. Be sure to include CMU’s school code: 002243.

After your financial aid has been awarded, you must complete loan counseling and promissory note. Each are located with CentralLink  and accessible with your Global ID. You also need to set up Direct Deposit through CentralLink for any refunds or credits you may have coming throughout your tenure as a CMU student.

CMU also offers a convenient, interest-free payment plan that allows tuition due to be paid in monthly installments.​

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Your official transcripts will be reviewed for any credits previously earned from a regionally accredited institution that are applicable to your intended CMU program. A transfer credit evaluation will be sent to your CMU email.​

Program Plan

Once you have Conditional or Regular admission, your academic advisor will develop your individual Program Plan. Your plan lists the courses needed to complete your degree and will be emailed to your CMU email. 

Register for Classes​

Once you have an admission status, you can register for classes during the appropriate registration period using the Course Search and Registration System​.​

Order Textbooks

Once enrolled, you can order textbooks from CMU’s Book Vendor, MBS. Textbooks for online courses also are available through the CMU Bookstore​.

Review Syllabus

Review the course syllabus for all enrolled courses to ensure you understand requirements and expectations.

Online Preparation​

Visit the Online Learning Resource Center for access to online allies, useful videos, important links and downloads, Global Campus Library Services, and success tips to maximize your CMU experience.​