Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Size: 27,626 (21,332 undergraduates)
Percent Women: 56%
Tuition (one year): $21,646
Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Education, Kinesiology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 69%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Central Michigan University's website at https://www.cmich.edu/admissions
Why Choose C Mich?
"CMU has one of the top Broadcasting programs around and the top in the state! If you want to become a broadcast journalist, this is the place to be."
"There was no essay in the application!"
"You can be a big fish in a medium-sized pond. You aren't just a face in a crowd. CMU gives you the opportunity to make great relationships with professors who truly care about your future, and those relationships will surely last."
"I visited on crisp fall day and the air smelled like a fresh baked apple pie. There were endless smiles from when my tour began in Warrnier Hall until the end in Fresh Foods. The squirrels were fat too, so I knew that had to mean people were generous with their food. I like generous people."
"I chose CMU because the campus was the perfect size for me. It's easy enough to navigate and you can get from one end of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes. I also chose it because of the class sizes; they're small enough so your professor knows you by name. Also, the atmosphere on campus is awesome and I love how friendly and welcoming everyone is!"
"It is the perfect balance between school and fun!"
"The University Center is my favorite place. I go there to study, hold events for RSOs (registered student organizations), grab a bite to eat, or just to hang out and work on homework with my friends. Plus, it has everything I need. It has the bookstore where you can get clothes and stuff for school, the student service center, and of course a delicious food court, Starbucks and a Quiznos.”
"The campus is the perfect size. My longest walk to class is about 15 minutes and almost all of our buildings are centralized in one part of campus so you are never far from where you need to be.”
“Our library is one of the greatest campus libraries. The Park Library, also known as ‘Club Lib’ around campus, has four floors with several areas to study, at desks or in comfy chairs, looking over campus. The entrance to the library has a Java City so you can grab a smoothie before going to study.”
“Our campus is beautiful, especially during the fall. The colors are always to pretty. Plus, it's always clean and well maintained.”
“I love our education building. It is so new and modern and has some of the best classrooms and lecture halls on campus. As an education major, I get to work in the preschool and work with kids in the interactive classrooms."
“Parking, on and off campus, is a nightmare. Also, watch out for tickets. You can get them anytime and anywhere.”
“Leisure activities -- your options for the weekends are to drink at the few bars we have, do homework, or be bored. There is not much entertainment in Mt. Pleasant.”
“The gender ratio at Central Michigan University is extremely skewed. There is a 3 to 1 ratio of females to males. This ratio is even more noticeable in certain fields of study, such as the Integrative Public Relations program. In most cases, there will only be one or two males in a class of 35 students.”
“There is a major lack of late starts and snow days. You are most likely going to have class no matter how harsh the weather is during the winter.”
“Scheduling classes is mayhem. If you aren’t ahead with credit hours, you will most likely get the short end of the stick in class selection. There have been some students who had to take an extra semester due to the fact of not being able to get into the classes they needed.”
“Our sports culture has started to die out over the years. There was a ban on tailgating before football games for a few years and since then, student attendance at games has decreased. I wish more people went to sporting events.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Towers = where all freshman can be found. If you’re looking for the ultimate first year dorm experience, the Towers is your place. They have all the necessities that any newly out of your parents house kid could need. There are eight different dorms located in the Towers that are all intertwined into one big on campus building. They have a brand new Subway, a writing center, a totally awesome cafeteria open seven days a week and unlimited free workout classes.”
"Leadership Safari is a must. Safari is a weeklong event with camp-like activities with leaders and groups scheduled right before fall semester begins. One of the plus sides to Safari is getting to move in a week earlier, know the campus before school starts, meet roommates earlier on, and you are less homesick because you don’t have time to be homesick. Whether you are a participant or a team leader there are endless amounts of team building experiences, cool activities and speakers to enjoy before the reality of school kicks in.”
“Priorities/Time Management - Although going out and experiencing college life is the best part, you are in college to go to school. Be sure to space out your time between fun and school so you don’t have to give up all the fun. A great image to keep in mind; sleep, school, good grades, you can only pick 2. My biggest tip -- use your planner! This will become a necessity in your everyday life as well as your CMich email. Although it is awesome to only have class a few hours a day, professors expect their students to be proactive and stay on top of their coursework. If you don’t like coffee yet, you better get used to the taste because that will be running through your veins by senior year.”
“Be open to new experiences. If someone asks you to go to a speaker or a game on campus, say yes! You won’t be able to do these types of things (for free) after college. They give out lots of free pizza at sporting events too.”
All About Academics
“Our library is one of my favorite buildings on campus. Not only is it huge, new, and updated, but it also features more private study rooms. It also has a tech center that can fix practically any computer problem under the sun.”
“There are a ton resources available to students who need a little extra help in their classes. There is tutoring offered for almost every subject, accessible to any student. There are also math and writing centers on campus, which are extremely helpful. This past year I was able to get tutored for ceramics through the school’s tutor program.”
“Most of the professors appreciate class participation and attendance. If you sit in the front row, talk in class, and go to office hours, you have a good chance of raising your grade.”
“When I was a freshman, I took FYE 101: First Year Experience. This was so beneficial to me, since I was a new student at CMU. FYE 101 is an evidence-based university course that is specifically designed to help new CMU students succeed academically and make the most out of their college experience. The best part is, everyone in the class is a freshman, too.”
“An important tip I have learned over the years is to pick your classes based on the professors, not the class time. I would gladly take an 8 a.m. class if I knew and liked the professor or a friend referred them.”
“CMU has eight colleges and academic programs, most of which are nationally recognized. This gives me a wide range of programs to choose from.”
“There are a few different places I like to study. My favorite, the Bovee University Center (also referred to as the UC), has private rooms for study groups and plenty of other room if you are studying alone. It is right in the middle of campus and is also the home of our bookstore, Starbucks and Down Under Food Court.”
Learn From The Best
“My broadcasting teacher, Curt Sutterfield, was one of the best professors I had at CMU. He was so engaging and passionate. He acted like our best friend but still gave us the best education experience possible. His class, BCA 210: Survey for the Mass Media, takes a look at the history of the media and what it has grown into today. We watch some of the most famous classic films and learn the history behind them. BCA 210 is definitely one of the best, most challenging classes offered at CMU.”
“I love that there are only 20 students per classroom in courses at CMU. Students build great relationships with professors because they are able to have close interaction with them throughout the semester.”
“Office hours are always the best way to get help from professors. By utilizing office hours, you build relationships with professors and get one-on-one help with work. Many students that are regulars in their professors’ offices have great references for letters of recommendation in the future.”
“I am in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Service program, which I love because it offers a wide range of exciting courses. I earned credit through the Disney College Program, as well credit for planning the entire Gus Macker Basketball tournament. It's so fun!”
“Adam Barragato, who taught COM 353: Small Group Communication, is another one of my favorite professors. He teaches practical things in a conversational way and he genuinely cares about his students. We had a project where we had to get in a team and solve a real problem around campus. He always uses pop culture examples in his lectures so the topics were more relatable and understandable. My favorite part of his teaching style was his interactive tests. He let us create a presentation based on the topics we were being tested on.”
“Holly Hoffman is the most inspirational professor I have ever had. She helped me develop a passion for special educatio. She gets her students so involved and puts her heart into what she teaches. She is always emailing her students with opportunities to get involved around campus. She is truly passionate about what she does.”
Interests & Involvement
"I found that my passions really started to grow once I got involved in my RSO. Every year there is an event by the football field called Mainstage for all the Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus. They get to show all the incoming students what they’re all about. Most clubs are free to join while others cost a semester fee to keep the club up and running. I have been in and out of multiple clubs and they are worth checking out! If you are looking to make new friends, finding a common bond between them i.e., an RSO is the best way to go! There is something on campus for everyone so don’t be afraid to go out and try something new.”
“I am in a sorority, and I must say that Greek life on CMU campus is an extremely close-knit group. Those interested in going through Sorority Recruitment can sign up at Main Stage or online the first few weeks of school. The recruitment process is one week long visiting different sorority houses each day. There is an academic, social and philanthropic side of each Greek organization. Dues vary between each sorority but most are accommodating for people affording it each semester. Even though each sorority is separate, they are all involved in working together to help the city of Mt. Pleasant and CMUs campus. Since CMU Greek Life is smaller than many other schools, it is a great way to meet people outside of your sorority and raise money toward a common cause.”
“On-Campus Jobs – Find one A.S.A.P. If I knew to look for an on campus job as a freshman, I would’ve hopped on that as fast as I could. For most jobs on campus, you are not required to work on breaks. You don’t have to worry about staying up at school all of Christmas break when you should be spending some time with your family. If the school is closed, so is your work. How great is that? Another great reason to work on campus, you can most likely walk there and they’re all pretty mindless jobs so you can get some homework done too.”
"Our volunteer center has opened so many doors for me. I definitely suggest getting involved, I even got an internship from the work I have done!"
"There are so many different things to get involved with on-campus, it's hard to choose from! The opportunities are endless and it's so fun getting involved."
“I love being a Chippewa and being apart of the champion culture. Football season is the highlight of the fall semester.”
“My friends and I get all dressed up in our favorite maroon and gold gear from head to toe. We all get ready at a friends house and then head over to the student parking lot where everyone hangs out before the game."
“My favorite part about our athletics is that athletes have gone on to play professionally. We had Eric Fisher graduate from CMU in 2013 and now he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and he was the first one drafted. It was cool to see a fellow chip play in the NFL!”
“I love going to McGuirk Arena and watching basketball and volleyball. What's also cool is that our band is always really involved in the games!”
“I have been apart of an intramural soccer team for two years now. I love being able to play my favorite sport without going out for the school team.”
“CMU has so many intramural sports to choose from. We even have Quidditch, and I don’t think many schools can say they have Quidditch tournaments."
“CMU offers great experience for women that aspire us to work in the fashion industry. Every year, I participate in the The Fashion Association of Merchandising and Design (FAMD), a student organization, sponsors an annual spring fashion show. It showcases the work of aspiring apparel designers on campus. Students who feature their work in the fashion show are selected by members of FAMD in the spring semester. This has helped my career grow so much!”
“The Organization of Women Leaders (OWLs) is a group on CMU’s campus of independent, strong, and courageous women who come together to spread awareness about gender equality at our university and the surrounding Mount Pleasant community. I love that they put on awesome events, like Women’s Empowerment Week, which is a week-long event featuring speakers and workshops that increase awareness about the issues women face in society.”
“I think it’s awesome that there is a CMU Woman of the Year every single year. It helps identify women around campus who are making a difference for other women in the community. They demonstrate leadership and moral responsibility as well as act as a role model for other women on campus.”
“On game days during football season, we like to get creative with our fashion. My friends and I used to make braided headbands out of old maroon and gold T-shirts. We also make our own shirts, skirts and bandanas!”
“Girls on CMU’s campus have a particular knack for winter fashion. Because we get such long, cold and snowy winters, we have learned to look fashionable while bracing the storm! You will often see girls in long, feather parkas and winter boots like Uggs, Sorels or Hunter Boots. It is also common to see girls in knitted winter headbands.”
“Many girls that are involved in sororities often have super-cute matching outfits. They usually pick colors and patterns that are unique and stand out. Their outfits and one-of-a-kind fashion pieces are what set them apart from other sororities."
Food & Drink
“You can never miss out on Happy Hour at The Bird on Thursdays. Plus, their burgers are an A+.”
“The Cabin is the place to be on Wednesday nights. Not only is the environment awesome, but the food is great! Cabin sticks and Cabin pizza never get old.”
"The RFOC cafeteria is the best one on campus. There is a Mongolian Barbeque style stir fry bar, and in the mornings they have omelet and smoothie bars."
"We have the market over in the dorms on eastern campus that's a mini super market where you can get all sorts of food. They also make fresh subs, nachos, pizzas, Bosco sticks, and have a smoothie and milkshake machine. I love that we have so many places around campus to stop and get quick food."
“Stan's is my go-to breakfast place on the weekends. It has a homey feeling and the food is bomb.”
“Los Aztecas has the best margaritas! Their food is incredible, too. I get the enchiladas every time I go!”
“Sure Shot BBQ is slowly becoming one of my favorite places to eat in Mount Pleasant. Everything there is so good AND they deliver now! What more could you want?”
"Dog Central is an amazing hotdog place that was started by a student. It has the craziest combinations of hotdogs, and it is so good."
“Mount Pleasant may seem as if it’s a “Podunk” town in the middle of nowhere, but this is why I love it here. With no other distractions around like big city livin’, I get to enjoy the small town we have with the people I love!"
“Wayside Central and O'Kelly’s Bar & Night Club is where I always find myself on Tuesday’s Pint Nights and Friday’s Ladies' Nights. You only have to be 18 to get in, and there is a huge dance floor for all of your dancing needs. I love that it's located close to campus, which was perfect when I was a freshman and couldn't drive."
“I thought to myself, 'so, am I going to spend every weekend at the Wayside?' Thank God I found that Mount Pleasant is home to the best house parties for any type of night you may be in the mood for. You just stroll over to Main Street on any weekend and you will have many different options to choose from; it is our version of “Greek Row" because it's where you will find all of the social fraternity and sororities houses.”
“As someone tired of house parties, I like to walk over to the apartments like Polo or West Campus, which are known to throw some ragers.”
“At first I was like, 'what’s up with all of this walking?' But, the awesome part of Mount Pleasant is that it’s not very big and your farthest walk somewhere will take you no longer than 10-15 minutes. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Deerfield, Copper Beech and Blue Grass apartment complexes seem to have their own small communities within Mount Pleasant. Venture out to Deerfield where everyone knows everyone, and you’ll find one big parking lot party!”
“Once you’re 21, the social scene only grows further. Downtown is the place to be, and it has the greatest feel-good bars. It’s like an episode of Cheers. Even though the downtown area is fairly small, you can walk from bar to bar without any hassle.”
“The Bird, The Blue Gator, The Blackstone, and Marty’s are a few bars that you’ll find yourself most Thursday Happy Hours –bonus: happy hour is all night long in Mount Pleasant!”
“I’m a big fan of The Cabin on karaoke night, La Senorita for margaritas, Riverwood/Nine Eight Nine for bowling and Hunter’s Ale House for trivia night."
"My favorite part about the dorms at CMU is that there is a ton of variety. You have some that are apartment style, some with two bedrooms, some with four, others with just one. We mainly have private bathrooms. The only dorm on campus with community bathrooms is Barnes Hall."
"I love an exciting social scene, so I loved living in the Towers. Even though I have to share one bedroom with three other people, we have the best cafe on campus!"
"The newer, mainly upperclassmen dorms, like Fabiano and Celani, are the best dorms to live in. The suite setup is like that of a small apartment. With four suite mates, you each have your own room, a bigger living area, a sink with cabinets, and two bathrooms! Plus, Fresh Food dining hall is so good."
"Living on east and south campus is convenient because you are close to the Student Activity Center and right in the middle of the two best cafeterias on campus."
"I found that lofting my bed made my tiny room look so much bigger. You can even rent lofts that will be delivered and set up for you!"
"I got lucky enough to live in the brand new graduate housing dorms. They are so nice and in the perfect location on campus."
"We have amazing workout facilities in some of our dorms. When I lived in Herrig, we had a new and nice gym in our hall. We even got free workout classes!"
Exploring Mount Pleasant
“Whenever I’m feeling lucky, I hit up the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. It has gambling, concerts and a new water park. It was even rated 'The Best Michigan Casino.'"
“Grabbing some coolers and your best friends and heading out to tube down the Chip River definitely makes for some of the best memories at CMU.”
“When the weather’s nice, my friends and I love to take our bikes and venture around the Deerfield Nature Park. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, and sometimes you can see some wildlife!"
“If you really want to take your mind off things and have some fun, try spending time at the Pohl Cat Golf Course. Sometimes getting away from the stress of studies and playing a good game of golf is all you need.”
“If you wander around downtown Mt. Pleasant, you will meet nice people, visit cool stores and eat great food. From the Dicken’s Christmas Festival to Battle of the Bands, Le Tour De Mont Pleasant to art festivals, this small town knows how to put on a good show.
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