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New Student Orientation for Transfer Students

Orientation steps for transfer students

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.

You are required to complete some self-paced requirements (below) as well as attend a virtual or in-person orientation. You may find it helpful to check out the New Student Checklist as you prepare your transition to campus. 

Space for each orientation session is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Once CMU has received and processed your enrollment deposit, you can 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.

If you still need to register, no problem!

Register for Orientation                    New Student Checklist

Self-paced requirements

These self-paced requirements will help prepare you, and us, for a successful orientation day (or virtual session), so it is important to complete them before your scheduled orientation session (in-person or virtual). 

#1  CMU math placement

Please take the CMU Math Placement at least 2 days before your scheduled orientation (in-person or virtual). You can access the instructions and steps to take the assessment at the button below.

Get Started on the Math Placement

#2  Get your CMU ID

Before moving to campus and/or starting the semester, it's important to get your CMU mobile ID. You can submit your own photo to get started, and find all the instructions on the Central Card website

Get your CMU ID

#3  Send your official transcripts 

Send your official transcripts from each institution/s you attended prior to orientation (you may have to send them again if you are enrolled in classes at the time of your orientation). Your transcript MUST be sent directly from the previous institution/s to CMU (it cannot come from you). Sending your official transcript/s before orientation will allow our team to best prepare for your orientation advising appointment when you register for courses. 

You can find more information on transferring AP/CLEP/IB credit here.

#4  Learn about general education

You may have some or all of your general education requirements already completed from your transfer credits. Watch the video below about CMU's general education requirements so you can prepare any questions you might have before meeting with your academic advisor. 

#4  Confirm your major/academic interest

Have you changed your mind about your major since applying to CMU? That's okay! If you have changed your mind and haven't let us know yet, be sure to reach out to New Student Orientation. We'll change it on our end and make sure your academic advisor will be prepared to suggest the appropriate classes for you. You can email us below or call 989-774-6629. 

Email New Student Orientation
Not sure what to do next?

Make sure you are taking care of everything you need with our New Student Checklist.

New Student Checklist

Campus Life 101 (optional for transfer students)

In addition to your New Student Orientation session, you'll be invited to participate in the Campus Life 101 programming series at the start of the fall semester (if you are starting in a fall semester). This is optional for transfer students. The Campus Life 101 programs will help you acclimate to campus life at Central Michigan University and become part of our community.

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 required 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.