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7 ways CMU supports the troops

University offers discounts, aid and other resources to U.S. military and veterans

Contact: Erick Fredendall


Saturday, May 19, is Armed Forces Day, and there is no better time to talk about all the ways Central Michigan University supports military service members and veterans. 

Here are seven examples of CMU's commitment to high-quality educational experiences for active and retired members of the U.S. armed forces.

1. CMU has made military students a priority for more than 45 years.

CMU was one of the first universities to take programs directly to military students, beginning in 1972 with two Michigan National Guard Air Force bases— Wurtsmith and Kincheloe. 

More than 45 years later, CMU has satellite locations at 20 military installations from New York to Hawaii, offering face-to-face, online and hybrid classes. 

2. Members of the military receive a reduced-cost education from a large public university.

Active duty military, reservists, guard members, their spouses and qualified dependents are eligible to receive discounted tuition rates of up to 40 percent.

In addition, CMU is G.I. Bill approved, a Yellow Ribbon participant, and has several military scholarships available for service members and veterans.

3. Students can continue studies while deployed.  

Online courses are accessible to service members and veterans no matter where they're deployed or live, and hybrid class formats also are available. Military members can complete their education online in many fields of study

4. CMU has a proud tradition of graduating military leadership.  

CMU's dedication to providing premier leadership development has helped nurture leaders in the U.S. armed forces. More than 155 admirals and generals have earned degrees through CMU, including former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker and former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz.

CMU also boasts an Army ROTC program, with more than 1,000 cadets having received officer commissions since the program's inception. Officers rooted in the Chippewa Battalion have served in every major U.S. conflict since 1952. 

5. CMU is a military-friendly school. 

CMU has received high marks in Military Times' 2018 Best for Vets national ranking, was recognized as a military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education and Transition, and was named a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for three consecutive years.

6. CMU offers nationally ranked online programs.

CMU's online MBA, online graduate education programs and online undergraduate programs all are ranked in the top 40 in the nation for veterans by U.S. News and World Report. 

CMU is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. All academic programs, regardless of format, meet the same rigorous standards of academic excellence. 

7. No matter where you are, you're a part of the CMU family.

Earning a degree from CMU means being a part of a rich tapestry of culture and tradition that comes from being a CMU Chippewa. CMU's satellite and online students are just as important as those on campus — just ask Roxanne Bruhn, one of the 2018 military graduates who studied at a satellite center at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

For more information about the benefits and opportunities for service members and veterans at CMU, visit the Veterans' Resource Center. Visit our website to learn more about CMU's online and satellite programs for military members


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