On-campus Experience

As an on-campus graduate student, you'll be right in the middle of it all - class, research, creative projects and support. Plus, our newly built graduate housing means you're only minutes away from everything. 

Perks of being an on-campus graduate student:

You'll get access to 227 labs and 44 art and performance spaces right on campus

Opportunities to join your faculty mentors on research, or invite them in on yours! You'll be able to stop by office hours and work alongside them in labs.

The chance to network with peers, faculty, alumni and other experts in your field.

You'll graduate with the degree, experience and connections to propel your career.

Research and creative opportunities on campus

There are 300 top-tier research institutions in the United States, and CMU is one of them. Help preserve the Great Lakes, save endangered species or slow down Alzheimer’s disease. The best part? You can do it all in our 227 labs and 44 art and performance spaces right on campus.  

Our Office of Research and Graduate Studies is entirely dedicated to grant opportunities, industry collaboration and support to help you with your next creative endeavor or research discovery. 


Working on campus with graduate assistantships

Work on campus with no commute and the flexibility to schedule around classes and research.

Graduate assistantships provide hands-on experience in teaching, research or administrative roles. You’ll earn a stipend, tuition waiver and a head start in the job market. 


Graduate student housing 

Commuting to class just got easier with our newly-built graduate housing. Choose from one-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, unit laundry, living and kitchen/dining rooms. Our graduate community puts you right alongside peers who are focused on the same thing you are, earning your graduate degree.

360 Tour: CMU's Graduate Housing One Bedroom

360 Tour: CMU's Graduate Housing Two Bedroom

Campus student support

Academic and well-being support just moments away from where you live and study. 

  • Research and library support: Access more than 85,000 research journals, 650,000 printed titles and thousands more items online. Set up a one-on-one meeting with subject librarians or reserve one of our quiet, private study and research rooms. 
  • Counseling center: Staffed by licensed mental health professionals and graduate level trainees, the Counseling Center offers free and confidential mental health support.
  • Food Pantry: Offering a variety of food, hygiene and cleaning products, the Student Food Pantry is available to all students.
  • Student Disability Services: Find support for academic accommodations and auxiliary aids, as well as campus-wide efforts to promote access and inclusion.
  • Writing Center: Available for any writing, at any level, from any discipline, find free consultations at every stage of the writing process.
  • Student Activity Center: Take a dip in the state-of-the-art aquatic center, burn some energy in 12,000 square-foot-fitness center or join one of our intramural or club teams. 
  • Statistical Consulting Center: Support and training in all phases of a research project including; research planning, design of experiments and surveys, methods of analysis, use of statistical computing programs and interpretation of results.
  • Career Development Center: Get assistance crafting your résumé, attend networking events or participate in mock interviews. There’s also more than 25,000 job and internship opportunities posted for CMU students by employers. 


Explore Mount Pleasant

Three students stand on a downtown city sidewalk laughing. The sidewalk has small shops lining the street.

Located in Mount Pleasant Michigan, you’re never far from downtown bites, miles of winding trails or exciting things to do.

  • 500 local events every year, including festivals, art walks and concerts.
  • Nearly 100 downtown businesses, like galleries, bakeries, chain restaurants, locally owned boutiques and pop-up farmers markets.
  • 1,000 acres of parkland and trails to hike, bike and visit.
  • 19 nature preserves to enjoy scenic views and watch wildlife.