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The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as CMU plans for the fall 2020 semester. A variety of mitigation measures will be implemented to maintain a healthy environment, including requiring face coverings, enhancing cleaning protocols and following CDC guidelines on physical distancing and limiting the number of people in spaces. Learn More

  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248
About Central Methodist University...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Heart of America Athletic Conference
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Founded in 1854, Central Methodist University is a four-year, private, liberal arts university. CMU's main campus, home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), is located in Fayette, Missouri, enrolling 1,100 students. More than 4,000 students attend CMU's College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES), which offers classes online and at sites across Missouri and the region. CMU is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and welcomes students of all faiths.

The Central Methodist University experience engenders, through the academic program and opportunities for practical experiences, student growth in knowledge, personal integrity, spirituality, and professional competence. In addition, students are challenged to develop a sense of global citizenship and a commitment to the betterment of the world.

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Central Methodist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
93%
SAT Range
950-1130
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,525/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,255/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.14 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.13 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.13 responses

Majors

Nursing (BSN) Degree Program

Students get hands-on experience working with simulators and through actual patient contact. Classes cover a wide variety of areas from pharmacology to human anatomy, and management to family nursing. The Nursing program offers clinical experiences in a variety of health care facilities in the area.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,131Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
17
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
64%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
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  • Athelete
    73%
  • Academically Oriented
    18%
  • Music/Pre-Med Majors
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.19 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.23 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
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  • Small, friendly athletic school.
    58%
  • Small, friendly
    25%
  • Medium, athletic school
    8%
  • The online program is made for working individual.
    8%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $35,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    40%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    78%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.9 responses

    Central Methodist University Reviews

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    CMU is a great school. I live in Holt hall, and it's really nice! The campus is so pretty, and it's small. A small campus is nice because A) it isn't a far walk across campus, and it takes me like 5 minutes at the most to get to my classes, and B) it's easy to get to know people, and professors will know your name. The food is cafeteria food, of course it's not the greatest, but it's definitely better than highschool food!
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    I like that the campus is small and you can walk to all classes. The staff is friendly and professional and always willing to help or find the appropriate office/staff to assist. The food can be really good but not always. There are so many activities to be involved in even if your not an athlete! Overall the town of Fayette is small with few eating, off campus activities but it is centrally located so it is just a short drive to the mall, etc. Tuition is about 30K per year a little high but they work with students to find scholarships, grants, etc to help lower the cost. The dorms are old and some outdated but there is construction on campus to update facilities.
    Due to the recent covid pandemic CMU had to change all classes online. Being an international student in a different time zone this was daunting at first, but thanks to the digitalU program and all students having access to an iPad, I found it relatively seamless and minimal stress. My professors were amazing, extremely understanding and did their best to make it work for their students