Special Visit Events

Step on campus and into the life of a CMU Chippewa! Immerse yourself in campus vibes, engage with students, and peek into the academic life that awaits you. Learn more below and check regularly to sign up for our next event.

Discover CMU | July 15, 2024

Discover CMU is an open-house style event for current high schoolers, family, supporters and friends! You are invited to attend as many of the presentations, demonstrations and tours as your curiosity allows.

  • In the morning, find presentations that explain how you'll learn and grow at CMU. 
  • After lunch, discover our hands-on approach to learning. Visit demonstrations, tours and presentations across many of our academic units. Search for a subject you're interested in or explore a potential new area of study.
  • At the end of the day, let us know if you need help seeing everything on your list. You will leave with a great idea of what you can do at CMU.

Discover CMU programming


Admissions Presentations | Choose from 9:30, 10:15, 11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Get an overview of Central Michigan University and our approach to learning and student support—everything you need for applying, earning a scholarship, and paying for college. (Location: Bovee University Center, 3rd Floor Auditorium)

Show me the Money! | 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Hear directly from the experts on all things financial aid, as they address frequently asked questions, including timelines and the new FAFSA application. (Location: Bovee University Center Maroon, Gold, and Chippewa Rooms)

Living on Campus | 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Are you wondering what it’s like to live in a residence hall? Join this presentation to learn about our room styles, the residential curriculum, and our living-learning communities. (Location: Bovee University Center, Terrace Rooms)

You Belong Here | 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
At CMU, all identities are welcomed and celebrated. Learn how the Center for Student Inclusion and Diversity champions the "You Belong Here" culture for all students. (Location: Park Library, Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium)

Lead by Doing | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Student leaders are an integral part of CMU. The Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute will present their programs to prepare future leaders for the many roles available on campus. (Location: Bovee University Center Maroon, Gold, and Chippewa Rooms)

Getting Involved and Getting Ahead | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
There are over 300 Registered Student Organizations on the campus of CMU. Discover how joining any one of them will add to your sense of belonging and your professional resume. (Location: Park Library, Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium)

Scholarship Communities | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
CMU’s three competitive scholarships offer so much more than financial assistance. Learn how they enhance the college experience through community and shared experiences. (Location: Bovee University Center, Terrace Rooms)

Can't make it to your topic of choice? No worries! Presentations will be recorded and sent to attendees following the event.


Campus facilities

Tour of First Impressions Storefront and Optional Professional Headshot | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Participants will be led through a brief tour of the First Impressions store, which is a service in which all CMU students receive free professional attire. During the tour, visitors will learn about the program and the benefits of using this service along with other services provided by the Career Development Center. After the brief tour, there will be optional professional headshots where we will provide a selection of professional clothing for the photo. (Location: Bovee University Center, Downstairs)

Adobe Digital Lounge | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Adobe Digital Lounge is a space that supports collaborative creativity with group seating, flexible furniture, and TVs to display and discuss your work. In addition, we have staff that can answer your questions about equipment and digital creation software such as the Adobe Creative Cloud. Make and take a button designed by our helpful staff. (Location: Park Library 212)

Showroom Tours | 9:20 – 11:30 a.m.
We have four showrooms available for guests to tour to see exactly what it’s like to live on campus. See our traditional four-person, two-bedroom suite as well as our premium four-person, four-bedroom suite. (Location: East Residence Hall Complex and Towers Complex. Tours leave every 20 minutes from Finch Fieldhouse.)

We Do Engagement! | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Discover hands-on how our team in University Recreation provides the fun in the college experience. Drop into the Student Activity Center for activities like Wallyball, 4 Square Volleyball, Football Toss, Racquetball, Table Tennis, Giant Connect 4, and Billiards. (Location: Student Activity Center.)


Discovery sessions

College of the Arts and Media

Art Major’s Tour and Program Overview | Tours begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:00 p.m.
Explore the state-of-the-art facilities where students gain skills in a wide range of mediums and graduate with a portfolio full of experience. Surround yourself with talented and hard-working artists as you create compelling visual works in Wightman Hall and the North Arts Studio computer labs and studios. (Location: Wightman Hall 142)

Animation Workshop | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Create a two-dimensional stop-motion animation while playing the roles of both animators and stop motion puppets. The workshop will be led by CMU Animation faculty and current Animation majors and will cover basic animation techniques as well as setting aside time to discuss the path to become a successful animator. (Location: Wightman Hall 153)

Communication Majors and Their Impact on Society | Presentations at 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:00 p.m.
Understand the department’s purpose of developing our majors’ communication skills for effective citizenship, personal relationships, and membership in a diverse community, corporate, and social organizations. (Location: Park Library 308, Presentation Skills Center)

Media & Cinema Arts Studio Tours and Program Overview | Tours begin at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 p.m.
Tour the Moore Hall studios that include Film, Broadcast, Audio Recording/Production, Radio, News Central, sports talk shows, and more. (Location Moore Hall 182)

Drone Lab Demo and Program Overview | Demonstrating from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
In our Drone Lab, which features more than 30 different drones, you will learn the rules and regulations around drone flight, how to prepare for flight, and yes, even how to fly! And, as part of the program, you will prepare for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification, which is basically earning your drone pilot’s license. (Location: Moore Hall Amphitheater, near the Music Building)

Music Building Tour and Presentation | 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Experience amazing facilities in the Music Building and opportunities in the School of Music for the Chippewa Marching Band, choirs, concert bands, and orchestra, as well as academic programs in Vocal and Instrumental Performance, Music Education, Commercial Music, Songwriting, Composition, Graduate Programs, and more. Also, learn about staying involved in our ensembles—even if you are not planning to major or minor in music. (Location: Music Building 102, Chamichian Recital Hall)

Integrative Public Relations and Advertising, Student and Alumni Workshop and Program Overview | 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Learn how social media managers maintain their brands’ social presence. Gain
insight into the strategies and tools used by successful social media influencers and creators. (Location: Moore Hall 108)

Animation and Advertising: Partners in Promotion and Creativity | 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Do you desire to MAKE the ads you see all throughout your day via your
phone, TV, web sites and billboards? What industries are involved? Partnerships across careers and disciplines is the cornerstone of a strong advertising campaign. While we all watch animated movies, most jobs in the industry are in the advertising realm. (Location: Moore Hall 105)

Advertising and Animation: Partners in Promotion and Creativity | 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Do you want to create the ads you see on your phone, TV, websites, and
billboards? The advertising industry involves various sectors and relies on partnerships across careers and disciplines, forming the cornerstone of strong campaigns. Discover how animation in advertising can persuade people to change their behavior. Learn about various advertising strategies, see real-world examples of public service announcements (PSA). (Location: Moore Hall 105)

Theatre and Costume/Scene Shop Tour- Programs Overview | 11:30 a.m., 1:00, 1:45 p.m.
See all the ways you can own the stage. Explore how CMU delivers rigorous training in the performing arts and prepares our students intellectually and artistically for careers in acting/directing, Design/Tech, Music Theatre, and Dance Studies/dance. Observe the skills, techniques, and experiences that will prepare you for professional success on the stage and behind the scenes. (Location: Moore Hall 130, Kiva Theatre)

Dance Studio Tours | 11:30 a.m., 1:00, 1:45 p.m.
Where will you train for a major in Dance Studies or a Dance Minor? Visit us in our dedicated dance studio and connect with the Dance faculty. (Location: Rose 127, McGuirk Arena)

College of Business Administration

You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ask Academic Advisors questions about classes and program requirements. Learn how the Business Residential College can open doors to fast-track friendships, connections, and professionalism. (Location: Grawn Hall, Business Student Services, and the HUB)

Get to Know the CBA | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
Meet our faculty and Deans, discover scholarships for business students, learn more about our 17 majors, receive CBA swag and take photos to remember the day! (Location: Grawn Atrium)

3-D Printer Activity | Sessions begin every 30 minutes
The IDEA Den is a collaborative space that connects passionate students campus-wide with mentors and a variety of resources including 3D printers, a specialized Cricut printer, and more. Learn more in this ongoing session that includes a special CMU “Action C” takeaway. (Location: Grawn 166, The Idea Den)

Bloomberg Terminals – Invest in your Future | Sessions begin every 30 minutes
The Voigtman Financial Lab includes terminals equipped with the Bloomberg Professional service, allowing students to monitor and analyze real-time financial market data and practice making trades on an electronic trading platform like those used on Wall Street. See how current students use this space to invest alumni funds with Advisory Board oversight. (Location: Grawn Hall Voigtman Financial Lab)

Storytelling from the Classroom | Sessions begin every 30 minutes
See how industry-experienced faculty in the College of Business Administration incorporate real-world learning into their classrooms. In this session, marketing professor, Mike Garver, demonstrates relevant, hands-on learning, coaching students through a unique market research consulting project. (Location: Grawn Hall 150G)

College of Education and Human Services

College of Education and Human Services Alumni Panel | 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Come learn a bit more about the majors and programs we have to offer here in the College of Education and Human Services. Get a chance to hear from current CMU alumni on how their programs and their time here prepared them for steps after graduation. (Location: Education and Human Services, Room 230)

Child Development and Learning Laboratory Tour | 11:30 a.m., 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 p.m.
Experience the wonder of our dynamic learning setting crafted to nurture the growth of our little ones. Our state-of-the-art preschool provides a rich learning environment to provide both applied experiences observing and working with young children and a venue for faculty and student research. (Location: Education and Human Services Building first floor, meet by the red couches)

Tour the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology | 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 p.m.
Where fashion meets cutting-edge technology. Come see why major corporations come to us for product and design testing and how students can benefit from this hands-on learning experience utilizing the latest technology including thermal manikins. (Location: Engineering and Technology, Room 115)

Fashion Merchandising and Design Studio Tours | 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 p.m.
Come tour our Fashion Merchandising and Design facilities and see why our program is top ranked in the state and see how we are applying the latest digital skills for the future of fashion with virtual prototyping and augmented reality, so our students are career ready. (Location: Wightman Hall, Room 102)

Interior Design Tour | 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 p.m.
Learn about our nationally accredited Interior Design program and how our students create inspirational, sustainable, inclusive, and human-centric spaces in our design studios and labs. (Location: Education and Human Services Building first floor, meet by the red couches)

Tour of Historic Finch Field House | 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 p.m.
Tour the historic Finch field house, and learn about our three accredited programs in Event and Recreation Management, Recreational Therapy and  Rehabilitation, and Outdoor Environmental Management. See the designated spaces for each major and how we learn through hands-on experiences here at CMU. Learn about the internship experiences that help to prepare our students to step into their first careers. (Location: Finch Fieldhouse)

CMU’s History and Future as Leaders in Teacher Education | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Many of us know that CMU was founded as a “normal school,” designed to prepare teachers for Michigan’s growth in the twentieth century. Yet have you put your hands on that history? Join Bryan Whitledge of the Clarke Historical Library, CMU Museum Educator Rebecca Petrone, and Chairperson of Teacher and Special Education, Troy Hicks, as they lead you through a tour of CMU’s own one-room schoolhouse, the Bohannon School, on the west side of campus, as well as primary source documents from CMU’s archives. We will explore legislation, meeting minutes, and even newspaper articles about CMU’s football and basketball teams, which were known as “the teachers” (back before we even became the Bearcats, let alone as the CMU Chippewas!). Join us for this walk-through CMU’s past, present, and future as an institution dedicated to preparing future
teachers. (Location: Bohannon School, near the corner of Preston & W. Campus Dr, about a 5–10-minute walk from the Bovee University Center.)

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

American Sign Language demonstration | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Engage with faculty as they demonstrate and describe skills gained by studying the American Sign Language minor. (Location: Health Professions Building Atrium)

Athletic Training and Exercise Science Human Performance Labs | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tour fitness and performance labs, strength, and training labs. (Locations: Health Professions Building, Rooms 1301, 1303, 1307, 1308, and 1337)

Interprofessional Education and Practice Center | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Experience how health professionals are trained using high-fidelity simulators in hospital rooms and standardized patient scenarios in exam rooms replicating real-life practice settings. (Location: Health Professions Building, Room 2050)

Nursing Skills Lab Tours | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CMU’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program starts in fall 2025, but we are prepared to introduce students to our state-of-the-art nursing laboratory.  View the labs where future nursing students will gain skills needed to succeed as Registered Nurses with a bachelor’s degree. (Location: Health Professions Building, Rooms 2020 & 2021)

Allen Foundation Culinary Nutrition Center Tour | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Explore the newly renovated Allen Foundation Culinary Nutrition Center in Wightman Hall that boasts 12 workstations equipped with commercial-style ovens and modern food service equipment. It's a state-of-the-art facility that enhances the learning experience for students in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. Meet with faculty to learn more about the Nutrition and Dietetics program and course offerings. (Location: Wightman Hall 110)

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

We do CSI! | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Guests will be led through a search-and-recovery of remains at an outdoor (mock) crime scene. Learn the importance of mapping, documenting, and bagging evidence to maintain context and chain-of-custody. (Location: Moore and Bush Courtyard)

Curator’s Tour: Behind the Scenes at the CMU Museum | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Get a glimpse into the world of museums with a behind-the-scenes tour of our spaces at the CMU Museum. Talk with the museum’s director/curator of history and current CMU students pursuing the Museum Studies minor to discover the many career possibilities within the field. While touring the spaces, participants will get the opportunity to handle and learn about some of the historic artifacts and natural history specimens within our collections. (Location: Rowe Hall 124)

DNA Extraction with CMU Psychology | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Come and learn about how we do psychology at CMU. You’ll tour a psychology lab and learn how we extract DNA…from a banana! (Location: Health Professions Building, Room 2336)

College of Science and Engineering

What's in the Water | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
What’s swimming with you in Michigan lakes and streams? Join CMU Biological Station faculty and students to identify aquatic insects and learn more about them, and why they’re an important part of the food web in the Great Lakes and inland lakes and streams. (Location: Biosciences Building, Room 2014)

Biotechnology Discovery | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Interested in careers in biotechnology, medicine, or genetics? Come explore DNA technology, model organisms, and mutants that help us understand human disease and traits. (Location: Bioscience Building, First Floor)

River Field Research | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Interested in ecology, conservation biology, or the environment? Come discover native mussels from Michigan, learn about how mussels are linked to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and their importance to the health of Michigan’s rivers and lakes. (Location: Biosciences Building Courtyard)

Making Homemade Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
We will start making our secret recipe of homemade liquid nitrogen vanilla ice cream at 11:30 am and continue until supplies last. Come try some with us! (Location: Dow Science Complex, First Floor Lobby)

Python Crash Course | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In this activity, students will be given a crash course on Python programming. They then will participate in groups to solve a problem programmatically using Python. (Location: Pearce Hall, Room 402)

Discover Geology & Environmental Science | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Discover meteorites and ‘meteowrongs’, how water flows underground, Yooperlites and other glowing rocks, and the role of today’s critical minerals. (Location: Brooks Hall, Room 337)

Engineering and Technology Demonstrations | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Explore the various types of engineering through demonstrations of FANUC robots, AM radio, inverted pendulums, water filtration, optical communication, coagulation/flocculation, and thermoforming plastics into molds. (Location: Engineering and Technology Building, Rooms 123, 125, and the atrium)

The Science of “Where”? Make Good Environmental Decisions Using Geographic Information Science | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In a hands-on demo, come see how we can use technology to enhance environmental decision making. (Location: Dow Science Complex, Room 274)

AI in Math | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Use machine learning to solve partial differential equations in fluid dynamics. (Location: Pearce Hall, Room 136/137)

Tours of Neuroscience Research Labs in the Health Professions Building | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Neuroscience faculty and students engaged in research in the Health Professions Building will be running tours of the labs and facilities for interested students to observe and have research goals explained. These projects and facilities are used and appreciated by CMU students who regularly work as volunteers or as directed research efforts for course credit. Research explores stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s diseases, production of cell-based molecular detectors, optogenetics, drug abuse, and explorations of neuronal transplant technology. (Location: Biosciences Building, First Floor Hallway)

Physics Labs: Tours and Demonstrations | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
From the tiniest particles via everyday gadgets to the most massive objects, Physics lets you understand how the universe works. Join us to investigate some fun activities: trapping ions with electric and magnetic fields, use X-rays to study crystals, measure the motion of a bouncing mass with your cell phone, run tiny electric currents through air and your body, and learn how a telescope works. (Location: Dow Science Complex, Rooms 004, 202, and 112)

Rhapsodo camera and probability | Drop in from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn how data can be used in sports by visiting the Rhapsodo camera setup to track the speed and dynamics of a thrown baseball or softball. (Location: Biosciences Courtyard)