Central Michigan University

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Warriner Hall

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Phone: (989) 774-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 1
application deadline

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#190 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. National Universities

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Central Michigan University is a public institution that was founded in 1892. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,332, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 480 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Central Michigan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 190. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,220 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $23,670 (2013-14).

Central Michigan University is located in Mount Pleasant, about 150 miles northwest of Detroit. At CMU, students can earn bachelor's degrees in more than 200 fields and master's degrees in many programs as well, including business, health and fine arts. CMU is one of the nation's 100 largest universities and has more than 50 locations across North America, including in Hawaii and Canada. On the Mount Pleasant campus, CMU students can get involved in nearly 400 clubs, many fraternities and sororities, and the CMU Volunteer Center. Many student volunteers participate in the Alternative Break program, through which they spend their breaks from the academic year volunteering in places such as New Orleans and Brazil.

CMU also hosts many annual events, such as a cardboard boat race during Homecoming and Native American Heritage Month, when the school celebrates its relationship with the local Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. Student athletes can play recreational sports or try out for the more than 15 CMU Chippewas varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Notable CMU alumni include sports broadcaster Dick Enberg.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Central Michigan University is one of the nations 100 largest public universities, with 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at more than 60 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including 18 centers and sites across the state of Michigan. CMU offers 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels, including nationally recognized programs in entrepreneurship, journalism, music, audiology, teacher education, psychology and physician assistant. CMUs unique offerings also include the only meteorology major in Michigan and the only bachelors degree concentration in microscopy in the nation. With accomplished professors, opportunities for students to engage in applied research, and world-class facilities, CMU is committed to providing students with a superior learning environment and global perspective to compete in an increasingly complex world. CMUs impact and influence extend far beyond its main campus into the state, nation and world. CMU has been nationally recognized for its Leadership Institute and new academic minor in leadership, the first one to be offered by a Michigan university. The award-winning Honors Program administers the prestigious Centralis Scholarship Program and oversees approximately 200 faculty-mentored honors undergraduate research projects annually. The Volunteer Center maintains a database of more than 4,000 students who take advantage of numerous opportunities to help others, locally, nationally and around the world through the Alternative Break program. Four CMU professors have been named Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Michigan Professor of the Year, more than in any other Michigan school. In 2009-2010, three CMU professors were Fulbright Scholars, teaching and conducting research throughout the world. CMU is the nations foremost university authorizer of charter schools with 60 schools educating 29,000 students in grades K-12. CMUs academic residential halls enhance learning and community in business, education and human services, health professions, science and technology, music, honors, and leadership and public service. Eleven new academic and residential buildings have been built on CMUs campus in the last 10 years, including the new LEED-certified Education building, which opened in fall of 2009.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1892
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $81,215,884


When applying to Central Michigan University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Central Michigan University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.8%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Central Michigan University is 22:1, and the school has 29.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Central Michigan University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Education 13%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Central Michigan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,332, with a gender distribution of 44.1 percent male students and 55.9 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 68 percent of students live off campus. Central Michigan University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 27,626
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Central Michigan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Central Michigan University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Central Michigan University, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Central Michigan University.

Students who have cars on campus 55%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Central Michigan University, 60.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,869.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,220 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $23,670 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,544 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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