Central Michigan University

2,420 reviews
  1. Mount Pleasant, MI
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  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-A
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%
SAT Range
920-1181
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$13,580/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,753/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,136/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,455/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,346/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,703/ 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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.169 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.168 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,976Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • All of the above
    32%
  • Friendly
    13%
  • Well-balanced
    12%
  • Determination
    11%
  • Stressed
    10%
  • Realxed
    9%
  • Driven
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.199 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.254 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 116 responses
Report
  • Fire Up Chips
    79%
  • Friendly
    7%
  • Larger school with a small school feel
    4%
  • Serious yet fun
    3%
  • 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 Central Michigan University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
47%
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

Reviews

2,420 reviews
  • Excellent
    347
  • Very Good
    948
  • Average
    975
  • Poor
    111
  • Terrible
    39
The Leadership Institute and the Leadership Advancement Scholarship Program are very unique to Central Michigan University. The Leadership Advancement Scholarship is awarded to forty incoming freshman that have showed outstanding leadership skills throughout high school. I received this scholarship and it is so much more than just a scholarship. You and the thirty-nine other scholars become a cohort and a family. Your cohort gets to take classes together, work on developing leadership skills, volunteer together, and you get unique opportunities such as having dinner at the CMU President's house! CMU also offers a leadership minor, which is unique considering many schools do not offer that option. Employers always want an employee with leadership skills and the leadership minor gives you those skills.
  • College Sophomore
  • Dec 19 2013
I absolutely LOVE CMU. The positives outweighs the negatives. Everyone is incredibly nice on campus. I'm going into my 5th year & I've only ever met 4 outwardly rude people. The campus is also a great size, at most it only takes 15 minutes to walk from bottom to the top. Almost every faculty member I've had (every college has their duds) have been 100% dedicated to my success. Most class sizes are small, depending on what UP's (general ed classes) you take & your major. There are ample opportunities to get involved, & while the surrounding area doesn't have much there are always big events on campus every single wee, if there are not already programs going on within the Halls. CMU strives to provide students with the best resources for them to be academically successful, & for students to discover themselves as leaders. For example, I have been to over 6 leadership conferences that have all been paid for in FULL by CMU, & one of these conferences was in Pittsburgh! People see CMU as a party school, but that's because they've only ever seen the CMU party scene. When you go to CMU you know they have way more to offer than a social life. Negative reviews say parking, greek life, &, diversity, & food are the issues people have. I will acknowledge that parking is an issue because of how campus is laid out. Compared to what my friends eat at other colleges CMU's food is pretty good (trust me, I've been in the Halls for 4 years because I'm an RA). Everyone will hate on Greek Life no matter where you go. Looking at the facts, they do A LOT of volunteering & raising philanthropy money. Yes there are some who feel being in Greek Life puts them above others, but that is about 5% of the whole organization. Finally, I will also admit that based on where I'm from there is not much diversity at CMU. At the same time, CMU does an excellent job of acknowledging the importance of accepting differences between people & offer diversity classes. Besides that, overall CMU is amazing &lt;3
  • College Senior
  • July 8 2015
My overall experience has been very stupendous. I have learned things that I would have never learned if I did not come to Central Michigan University and surprisingly it was not in the classroom. I have become prone to personal development which is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities and consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize their maximum potential. I have learned that I do not want to live the life of my peers and professors just by going to their classes especially since they only make roughly 50,000 dollars a year. I have learned that I cannot create the life that I want for myself by learning from someone who doesn't have what I want in life. That is the ultimate experience! My school is unique because there are individuals who I have linked up with who are intensively changing their paradigms from being average to creating their futures of living abundant lives just as I believe everyone in the world should. I would choose to go to this college all over again if I had to do it all over again because if I hadn't come I would not be the person that I am today. If you are not growing then you are dying; there is no in between unfortunately. In other words, attending Central Michigan University has allowed me to do just that; grow.
  • College Junior
  • July 19 2015