Additional points of pride

​​Through academic and cocurricular programs, hands-on learning experiences, and volunteer and leadership opportunities, CMU faculty, staff and students positively impact communities and lives around the globe.

​​​​Protecting the Great Lakes for future generations


With its second $10 million Environmental Protection Agency grant in six years, CMU researchers lead the way in efforts to protect and restore coastal wetlands vital to the overall health of the Great Lakes.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Guiding youth along the right path​

The Niijkewehn Mentoring Program, a partnership between CMU and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, is the only program in the nation in which Native American college students mentor Native American youth. Niijkewehn — interpreted as “the one that I walk on my path with”​​ ​— pairs CMU students with Saginaw Chippewa Indian students.

Speaking of progress ...

HP SSC Clinic

Summer speech-language specialty clinics at CMU the past 70 years have helped nearly 6,000 children from around the world overcome their speech and language difficulties through six intensive weeks of therapy.

​​Establishing a tradition in leadership

Leadership Safari

Leaders​hip Safari​ is a national model program that in 20 years has launched the college careers and increased the retention of more than 24,000 Chippewas. Now serving more than 2,100 students each summer, it acclimates them to campus life, helps them connect with each other and teaches them skills such as teamwork.​

​​Giving back to communities worldwide


Through Alternative Breaks, CMU students serve communities across the U.S. and around the world each semester. They served nearly 23,000 hours in fiscal year 2016, making CMU third in the nation in number of Alternative Break trips and fourth i​n number of participants.