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

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
69%
Application Deadline
July 1
SAT Range
900-1140
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
$14,204/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,507/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,587/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,827/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,006/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,386/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.166 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.171 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.170 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,669Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 103 responses
Report
  • All of the above
    31%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Well-balanced
    12%
  • Determination
    11%
  • Stressed
    10%
  • Realxed
    9%
  • Driven
    8%

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.201 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.256 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 118 responses
Report
  • Fire Up Chips
    79%
  • Friendly
    7%
  • Larger school with a small school feel
    4%
  • Serious yet fun
    4%
  • Stay gold and red till you're cold and dead!
    3%
  • Academically focused but social on the weekends
    2%
  • Get me out of here
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.125 responses
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My experience at Central Michigan University has been great! The campus is very walkable. Nothing is more than a few minute walk or a short bike ride away. The school is big with about 27,000 students in attendance but you still get the small college feel. You never feel lost in the crowd of people and it's likely you will see someone you know everywhere you go. Central Michigan has become a second home to me. The professors are all welcoming and kind. They make you feel like they have your best interest at heart. With the over 400 student organizations to join you never have to spend your afternoons bored! If you want to come to a place to grow and be the best you, you can be, Central Michigan is the right place for you!
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CMU is a very friendly and inviting campus. Diversity, character, and volunteerism is really pushed on this campus and I really admire that! Most of the professors here really care about their students' success, which makes a huge difference in the classroom. Every college has its issues though. CMU is very money hungry, with tuition being hiked every year in order to raise the president's salary. Athletics is obviously favored over our performing arts. Parking is also a huge problem: you pay $175 for a parking pass, yet no one can ever find a spot to park. But overall, I have had a pretty good experience here at CMU so far. Expensive, but the classes are excellent and the atmosphere is very friendly and fun!
I wish the sidewalks were heated, that would be so helpful during the winter! I also don't like that tuition continues to rise due to President Ross continuing to give himself unnecessary raises.
Overall, the professors all do their best and I have met very few that were bad. It's a very diverse school, with plenty of opportunities. The extracurriculars are abundant and there's a little something for everyone. Greek life is very involved withe the community, this past Greek Week the Greek community raised over 70-grand for local causes. This campus truly does have a small campus community feel, but on a large enough campus that you don't see the same people everyday.