Central Michigan University requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. CMU accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, CMU has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 62% of students who start college at CMU finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
CMU offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: CMU may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
CMU has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with CMU directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, CMU students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at CMU.
Student Designed Majors
CMU allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
CMU does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at CMU
CMU offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.
✅ CMU does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ CMU has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ CMU offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ CMU offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at CMU.
🟨 CMU does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors.
The main library on campus is the Charles V. Park Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
CMU does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does CMU have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
CMU has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at CMU include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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