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Colleges / Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate77%
Acceptance Rate77%

About CMU

Central Michigan University Overview

Central Michigan University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. CMU was founded in 1892 and presently has around 15,465 students per year year, including 11,434 undergrads. CMU offers on-campus housing for up to 4,950 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Involvement at CMU

Love music or performing? At CMU you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? CMU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? CMU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? CMU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CMU on the Student Life page.

2022 CMU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 57%
In-State Tuition $13,088
Out-of-State $13,088
Percent of Need Met 73%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,535

Is CMU a Good School?


Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better look at what CMU offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

CMU Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into CMU. Around 77% of applicants get into CMU each year. Out of 18,517 applications received in 2022, 14,273 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CMU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 77% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at CMUcome back their sophomore year. CMUhas a six year graduation rate of 62 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for CMU Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from CMU by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 58% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent CMU grads have an average starting salary of $45,653 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Central Michigan University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Central Michigan University's endowment was $246.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, CMU spends about $10,032 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CMU

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

CMU meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,535 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $31,092 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CMU.

Based on this information, is CMU the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is CMU a good school for you?

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Where is Central Michigan University Located?

CMU is located in the small town setting of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

If you would like to see CMU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 127 to Mount Pleasant, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tri-City International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what CMU and Mount Pleasant are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1200 South Franklin Street Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Campus Setting: Small Town

CMU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CMU is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CMU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

CMU ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above

Good

20 to 26

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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CMU SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1223

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Math SAT Range

500 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

CMU Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$25,786

In State

$25,786

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$13,088
$13,088
Fees
$450
$450
Housing
$11,248
$11,248
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Student Life

Wondering what life at CMU is like? There are approximately 15,465 students enrolled at CMU, including 11,434 undergraduate students and 4,031 graduate students. 86% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from MI and 9% percent of students are from other states.

86%

Full Time

14%

Part Time

91%

In State

9%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

15,465

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

77%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,538

Out-of-State

$13,538

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Continuous processing
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