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New Student Checklist

Now that you've signed up for New Student Orientation, here are a few things you need to do before attending your Orientation Day and beginning your first semester.

Complete online requirements 

Once you register for new student orientation, you'll have some requirements to complete online. If you have already registered for orientation, make sure to check your email for more information.

In addition to those online requirements, be sure you take care of the following items:

Being a student

  • Activate your CMU Account. Your CMU account provides you access to your CMU email, housing application, financial aid package, and just about everything you need as a CMU student. Set up your account using your New CMU Account PIN found at the bottom of your admissions letter and in your applicant portal.
  • Get your CMU ID card. You have the option of having a physical ID or setting up a mobile ID. You can get started visiting the Central Card webpage

Living on campus 

  • Apply for housing. Check your mail and email for information on starting your housing application. It will be sent to you soon after your enrollment deposit is processed.
  • Register your vehicle. If you're bringing a car to campus, make sure it's registered with Parking Services.

Academics and finances 

  • Send your official transcripts. In order to have your academic history evaluated and applied to your Central Michigan University record, send your final transcripts from your prior schools as soon as you have completed classes. If you are just finishing high school, be sure to have your high school send your final transcript after your graduation date. Please email or mail them to the following address:

Central Michigan University
Attn: Transcript Department
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Verify transfer credits, along with credits from AP, CLEP and IB, on
Degree Progress.

  • Purchase textbooks and course materials. New, used, rental and digital options are available at the CMU Bookstore. You can also compare prices from other retailers.
  • Not sure about your major? Explore career options and find out more about yourself with resources available from the Career Development Center.
  • Check Blackboard. View any posted course assignments or announcements a few days before the start of the semester.
  • Double-check your finances. If you filed your FAFSA, the government may require you to upload certain documents or provide additional information to complete the process. Check on the status of your financial aid and plan your finances by logging into your CentralLink account.