#9 Best Public Universities in Michigan

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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Central Michigan University overview
Location Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Online cmich.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Central Michigan University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Central Michigan University (CMU), established in 1892, is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The campus exhibits a mix of modern and traditional architecture across its suburban setting. Offering a diverse array of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, CMU is notably strong in fields such as business administration, education, and health professions. With a moderately selective admissions process, the university draws a sizeable student population, providing both on-campus living accommodations and off-campus housing options. While the university is not in close proximity to a major metropolitan area, it maintains a lively campus atmosphere bolstered by its multitude of student organizations and recreational facilities. CMU's athletic teams, known as the Chippewas, compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference and are particularly recognized for their accomplishments in football and wrestling.

In the most recent statistical year 19,888 prospective students applied, and 15,701 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,019 enrolled in the school.  11,012 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,545 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $13,200 plus fees of $450. CMU is ranked 715 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












CMU is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Central Michigan University overview
SAT 980/1220
ACT 21/27
GPA 3.47

Applications Accepted

Central Michigan University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Central Michigan University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$450
Room and Board $11,248
Budget for Other Expenses$1,070
Total One Year Cost$26,968

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

54% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Central Michigan University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Education 16%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%
Communication 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=169248 IPEDS survey data for Central Michigan University.

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