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Colleges / Central Michigan University

About CMU

Central Michigan University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. CMU was founded in 1892 and now enrolls around 17,344 students a year, including 13,048 undergrads. CMU provides on-campus housing for up to 5,637 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at CMU! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of CMU's theater groups.

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

Excited for 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.

Learn more about life at CMU on the Student Life page.

2021 CMU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 93%
In-State Tuition $12,810
Out-of-State $12,810
Percent of Need Met 74%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,560

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, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a clearer idea of what CMU offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Central Michigan University

It is moderately difficult to get into CMU. The acceptance rate at CMU is 69%. Last year, 19,396 students applied to CMU and 13,320 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CMU

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

About 80% of students who start at CMU come back the next year. Around 64% of students who started at CMU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for CMU Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 56% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent CMU grads is $44,974 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

CMU'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. CMU's endowment was valued at $182 million in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, CMU spends about $8,154 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CMU

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 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,560 a year.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $31,962 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. 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, how does CMU sound? 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 want to see CMU for yourself, 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

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CMU ACT Scores


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990 - 1190


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490 - 590


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Wondering what life at CMU is like? There are approximately 17,344 students enrolled at CMU, including 13,048 undergraduate students and 4,296 graduate students. 86% percent of students attend school full-time, 90% percent are from MI and 10% percent of students are from other states.


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