B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Central Michigan University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
106 Warriner Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Website
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Central Michigan University Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
July 1
SAT Range
890-1140
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$14,275/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,521/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,621/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,281/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,821/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,821/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.166 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.178 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.177 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,190Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 110 responses
Report
  • All of the above
    32%
  • Friendly
    14%
  • Well-balanced
    12%
  • Determination
    10%
  • Stressed
    10%
  • Realxed
    8%
  • Driven
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.208 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.263 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 125 responses
Report
  • Fire Up Chips
    76%
  • Friendly
    6%
  • Larger school with a small school feel
    6%
  • Serious yet fun
    5%
  • Stay gold and red till you're cold and dead!
    2%
  • Academically focused but social on the weekends
    2%
  • Get me out of here
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.125 responses
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CMU is a great school to attend if you're into a college that doesn't seem overwhelming. Even though there is roughly 25,000 students, the layout of the campus makes you feel like the school is not that big! There are a lot of activities to do and it's very easy to make friends and meet new people. The class sizes are also pretty small making the class experience seem less intimidating and you actually feel like you will contribute something to the class instead of being "one out of many".
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I am currently a freshman at Central Michigan University. Before coming to CMU, I had no idea what college was going to be like since I was the first in my family to go to a university. I also did not have very many older friends, so I did not have anyone that I could ask what college was like, basically I went in completely blind. Ever since starting school in the fall of 2017 at CMU I have lived everything about it. If I had to choose one thing that I like the best about CMU would be the size of the campus. The campus makes me feel safe and at home. I love being able to walk everywhere. Another great aspect of CMU is how friends EVERYONE is, I can say hi to anyone and they are nice and say hi back as well as I feel safe enough to leave my dorm room door open, so I can meet people as they are walking thru the hallways. I am so glad that I chose to go to CMU! FIRE UP CHIPS!
I loved it here. Took a semester off due to some personal issues, but none were related to the school and I'm looking forward to returning in the fall! The party scene has gotten much smaller in the last few years due to police really cracking down on it (especially on campus) but there are many activities to do around campus to keep you busy! The area around the school is pretty small; it's pretty rural and quiet for the most part, and many people I know that attend Central do not like the area because there isn't a lot to do outside of the school. However, other than that, it's a great school!