Chances of getting into Central Michigan University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
68.8%
Admission Difficulty for Central Michigan University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into CMU and can I get accepted? The school has a 69% acceptance rate ranking it #21 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 12,293 out of 17,858 applicants were admitted making CMU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent. Central Michigan University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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CMU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1000-1200
Applicants Submitting SAT
86%
SAT Scores for Central Michigan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Central Michigan University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1200
Average SAT Score 1100

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Central Michigan University?

Central Michigan University typically requires applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. The school ranks #19 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 86 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Central Michigan University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >79%
1100 to 1200 Avg + 69%-79%
1000 to 1100 Avg - 57%-69%
900 to 1000 Reach 44%-57%
Less than 900 Low <44%
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CMU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
24%
ACT Scores for Central Michigan University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Central Michigan University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CMU?

Admission data indicates that CMU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #19 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score. 24 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Central Michigan University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Central Michigan University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >80%
23 to 27 Avg + 69%-80%
20 to 23 Avg - 59%-69%
17 to 20 Reach 47%-59%
Less than 17 Low <47%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.32
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into Central Michigan University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Central Michigan University was 3.32 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #19 in Michigan for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CMU accepts 69% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Central Michigan University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 21% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Good
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 22% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 22% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

73% of Central Michigan University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Central Michigan University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15%
Top 25% of class 38%
Top 50% of class 73%
Bottom 50% of class 27%
Bottom 25% of class 3%

Admission Statistics

Central Michigan University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,801 7,057 17,858
Accepted 7,577 4,716 12,293
Acceptance Rate 70% 67% 69%
Enrolled 1,655 1,077 2,732
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 23% 22%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jul 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jul 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Central Michigan University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Central Michigan University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Central Michigan University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

Frequently Asked Questions

86% of students submit their SAT scores to CMU. 24% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

69% of those who apply are granted admission to CMU. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1200. 86% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 27. 24% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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