Parents & Supporters

Welcome to Central Michigan University! We truly appreciate the significant impact you, as parents and supporters, have on your student's education—especially as they navigate the transition from high school to college. This webpage serves as your ultimate resource, providing information about campus safety and student resources, the cost of attendance, ways to stay connected to your student during their time here at CMU and much more.

Navigate to a specific section using the links or scroll down the page.

Application timeline: Applications are accepted until classes begin, but there are advantages to applying early, such as scholarship eligibility, the ability to register for classes and selecting housing options earlier.

High school students may apply as early as Aug.1 the summer before the start of their senior year. We recommend applying by Oct.15 to be considered for all competitive scholarship programs. Priority consideration for first-come, first-served merit scholarship funds is given to applications completed by Dec.1.

Transfer students should apply by March 1 for summer/fall semesters and December 1 to start in the spring.

 Visit our How to Apply page for comprehensive instructions, key deadlines and additional resources. 

Visit campus: A campus visit allows you to hear directly from admissions, explore residential halls and immerse yourself in the energy that defines CMU. So, pick your visit date, put on your comfy shoes and come experience our community of doers for yourself.

Submit enrollment deposit: Pay the enrollment deposit via the application portal to secure your student's spot in the incoming class. This deposit is essential to confirm their enrollment.

Financial Aid resources: Complete your FAFSA! The application typically opens on October 1 for the following year's enrollment. For students beginning in Fall 2024, access was delayed until January 2024 due to the introduction of a new application by Federal Student Aid. CMU Federal School Code: 002243. Questions?  Visit our Cost, Aid and Scholarships page!

Stay connected to your student and campus

Explore Family Central for essential guidance, support and information tailored to parents and supporters of Central Michigan University students. Stay informed with:

Join us in our dedicated Facebook group to stay connected with other parents, supporters and key offices in the CMU Community.

Join our parent Facebook group

Campus safety

Ensuring the safety and well-being of our Central Michigan University community is our top priority. Get instant alerts and updates in case of campus emergencies through Central Alert and the Rave Guardian app. Your student can sign you up to receive updates, ensuring your peace of mind is just a click away.

Our commitment to maintaining a secure and nurturing environment for your student includes many campus safety resources and measures, like:

Student support services

Academic advising

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We prioritize your student's success with personalized academic support and career resources.

Learn about academic advising

Student Health Services

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Trust CMU Student Health Services for on-campus care, including routine check-ups, immunizations and more.

Discover health services offered

Your admitted student's next steps

  1. Submit the deposit: The enrollment reservation deposit saves your student's spot in the incoming class and unlocks their next steps like orientation and housing. It is not binding. The deposit is refundable if you request a refund before May 1, for students starting in Fall, or Dec. 1, for students starting in Spring. 
  2. Activate student accountEncourage your student to create their CMU ID and activate their account. We'll use this email address to send important information regarding next steps, financial packages and more.
  3. Register for orientationEnsure your student signs up for new student orientation, where they'll connect with fellow CMU Chippewas, explore campus and learn what it truly means to be a part of our vibrant community. During orientation, they will also receive guidance on planning and register for courses.
  4. Complete the online housing applicationAfter completing the housing application, proceed to submit the first housing payment. Be aware of move-in/move-out dates and stay informed about any additional details provided by Residence Life.

Has your student been admitted?

Encourage your student to check our "I've been admitted" page for key insights and resources.


Explore student life

While your student's studies take center stage while they're here, rounding out their experience with hobbies, activities and events will help them make memories for years to come! Make sure your student checks out:

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Most common questions right now

When do classes start?

When are their breaks in the calendar?

  • CMU has multiple breaks throughout the year, including breaks in the academic calendar and holidays. All breaks can be found on the Academic Calendar.

For a full list of frequently asked questions FAQs, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.