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New Student Orientation for Transfer Students

Getting started

We look forward to working with you as you begin your student experience at CMU. New Student Orientation is required for all degree-seeking transfer students. Complete the following steps below to schedule and begin preparing for your transfer orientation session.

Step 1: Reserve your required orientation date

Space for each transfer orientation session is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Once CMU has received and processed your enrollment deposit, you will be able to reserve an orientation date. Log in to your applicant portal (using the email address and password established with your application for admission) to access the registration system. This reservation process will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Reserve your required orientation

Step 2: 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.

Activate your CMU account

Step 3: Check your CMU Email account often

All official University communication is sent to your '' email address. Make a habit to check your CMU email several times during the week.

  • CentralLink contains many important links to conduct your business as a CMU student.

Check CMU Email

Step 4: Take the Required CMU Math Placement

Be sure you take the required CMU Math Placement one week prior to your scheduled orientation. Taking the math placement helps our advising staff to map out the appropriate courses for you! 

Take the CMU Math Placement

Step 5: Join the CMU Class of 2026 Facebook Group

Connect with other new students along with university programs, services and departments.

Join the CMU Class of 2026 Facebook Group

    Campus Life 101

    In addition to your New Student Orientation session, you'll be invited to participate in the Campus Life 101 programming series and New Student Convocation at the start of the fall semester. The Campus Life 101b programs will help you acclimate to campus life at Central Michigan University and become part of our community. More details will be shared over the summer.

    CMU is committed to developing a caring and supportive culture for our students. In order to accomplish that, we want to ensure that you are a part of this dialogue. That conversation starts with two online training programs which you will complete during your first semester. An email notification will be sent early in the semester and we encourage you to complete these trainings early so that you can be a part of the continued conversations to foster CMU’s caring and supportive culture.  

    If you have any questions about the orientation process, please contact the Orientation Office at (989) 774-6629 or