Central Michigan University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Mount Pleasant,USA

  • Mount Pleasant,USA
Rahul Singha

One of the top-ranked educational institutes in the United States, Central Michigan University (CMU), features among the top 7 universities in the US bestowed with the R2 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

It is the first university to start the neuroscience UG degree program in Michigan. Also, it was the first university in Michigan to start the major in recreation and event management. CMU provides students the opportunity to undertake studies in over 200 academic areas. Also, it is known for its world-class faculty and staff members.

Annually, more than USD 309 million is awarded by CMU as scholarships and financial aid to students. The university offers more than 150 study abroad programs, and that too in 40 different countries.

Courses Offered


What are the courses available to international students?


Central Michigan University offers over 200 undergraduate and approximately 100 graduate degree programs at the masters, specialist and doctoral levels. All graduate and undergraduate disciplines are taught through the following 7 faculties:

CMU Faculties

International students may choose their area of specialization through either of the aforementioned faculties.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


The eligibility criteria and language requirements for applying to different programs offered to international students at CMU are given below:

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

International undergraduates must submit proof of completing primary and secondary level studies of a minimum of 12 years to be eligible for undergraduate programs.

A minimum of 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 level scale is required to apply for these programs. Also, only students from accredited/recognized universities and colleges are accepted if they are from a nation of issue.

Students who have completed a recognized undergraduate program with at least 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale for 24 credit hours of work need not submit the English proficiency test scores. However, their language of instruction should be English.

Graduate Academic Requirements

International graduates must submit evidence of their bachelor’s degree establishing 12 years of high school studies and 3 years of professional studies. A GRE or GMAT score may be required for a few courses.

English Requirements for International Students

International students coming from non-English-speaking countries, such as India, need to prove their language proficiency through either of the following standardized English exam scores:

Accepted Tests

Minimum Undergraduate Score

Minimum Graduate Score

TOEFL PBT (Paper Based)



TOEFL CBT (Computer Based)



TOEFL iBT (Internet Based)



IELTS Academic


6.5 - Regular Admission 5.5 - Admission Stipulations

PTE Academic



Duolingo English Test (DET)



Michigan English Test (MET)


52 - Regular Admission

Note for Undergraduates: A score of at least 520 in the Reading and Writing section of SAT and 21 in English on ACT is also acceptable to establish English proficiency for international undergraduates.

Please note that these are generic requirements for graduates and undergraduates aspiring to study at the university. Some of the courses may have higher score requirements or different academic and language requirements. It is recommended to refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.


What are the documents needed for the application?


The supporting documents that international undergraduate applicants need to submit to secure admission to CMU are listed below:

Undergraduate Documents

  • Academic transcripts (original or copies certified by issuing educational institutions)
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Passport copy
  • ACT/SAT score

Graduate Documents

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there an application fee?


International undergraduates need to pay an application fee of USD 40 while applying at CMU. The application fee for international graduates is USD 50. The application fee may be refunded only if students prove economic hardship.


What is the fee structure of the courses offered by the university? 


The tuition fee at CMU charged is based on the number of credit hours students need to complete in an academic year. The estimated annual tuition fees for international graduates and undergraduates enrolled at the university in the academic year 2021-2022 are shown below:

Course/Student Type

Annual Fee* (in USD)

Undergraduate Courses

Lower level (less than 56 credit hours)


Upper level (56 credit hours or more)


Continuing students


Graduate Courses (18 credits)

?Master's/Specialist's Students


MBA & MSIS Degree Students


?Doctoral Students


Source: Central Michigan University

*University reserves all rights to revise the tuition fee before a new academic session. To learn about the latest course fees, it is recommended to check the university website.

In addition to this, all international students also need to pay a Student Services Fee of USD 225 per semester.

Note: Tuition fees might be different for different courses and majors. Additionally, the overall cost of the study is likely to include additional charges such as books, supplies, health insurance, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


Yes, the university offers various scholarships to its qualifying international students.

Merit-Based Scholarships

CMU offers General Merit-Based Scholarships to international undergraduates. These scholarships are awarded based on the overall GPA. The GPA requirements vary from one scholarship to another. However, a GPA between 3.0 and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale would be enough to bag most of them. Also, evidence of English proficiency must be submitted. Transfer (incoming) applicants need to complete at least 24 credit hours to be eligible for merit-based scholarships.

Students can earn an amount between USD 1,000 and USD 8,736 from these scholarships. These scholarships are awarded against the tuition fees payable. Most of these scholarships do not need a separate application, as students are selected based on their application forms.

Outside and Departmental Scholarships

Undergraduate applicants may also seek scholarships from external or outside sources non-affiliated with CMU. A separate application would be required to obtain 'Outside Scholarships'. Also, departmental scholarships are offered, for which students need to contact their respective departments.

Graduate Scholarships

International graduates can request the Graduate Domestic Tuition Award if they meet the requirements given below:

  • TOEFL PBT score of 600 or above or TOEFL iBT score of 100 or above
  • GRE with verbal and quantitative scores of 157 and 152, respectively
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 U.S. scale
  • GMAT score of at least 600 and MAT (Miller Analogies Test) score of at least 418

The request form needs to be filled and sent to apply@cmich.edu.

Note: Scholarship deadlines and amounts may vary with progressive years. Students must check the exact deadlines and minimum requirements with their respective departments and apply for the desirable awards on time to make their profiles considerable.

For more details on the scholarship application process and deadlines, please visit the university’s scholarship webpage.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


CMU accepts international applications in two intakes:

CMU Admission Intakes

The tentative deadlines for all programs offered at Central Michigan University are mentioned below:






Early October

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage students to check the school/department’s website for the exact deadlines.


How do I start my application? Is there a ‘Pathway’ option available?


Before starting an application, international applicants need to verify the eligibility requirements and application checklist before applying to any CMU program. Students who do not qualify for application may refer to the pathway option below:


Undergraduates and graduates who do not meet the English language requirements can opt for the Intensive Program offered by Central Michigan. On completing this program, students can join the regular courses offered by the university.


What are the steps to the application process?


All international aspirants can apply to the university through CMU application portal while undergraduates have the option to apply through either of the two:

  • CMU’s dedicated application portal: www.commonapp.org
  • US Common Application portal: fireup.cmich.edu/account/register

The process of applying through the university’s portal is the same for both international graduates and undergraduates. Aspirants may submit their applications as per the following steps:

Step 1: International applicants may visit the CMU application portal at fireup.cmich.edu/account/register. New users need to create an account first while existing users can log in to continue with the application process.

CMU Application Steps

Step 2: A temporary PIN needs to be entered to complete the registration process. After that, students can set the password and proceed with the application process.

CMU Application Steps

Step 3: Now, students can click on the ‘Start New Application’ button. After that, students need to pick the appropriate choices and click on the ‘Create Application’ button.

CMU Application Steps

Step 4: Students need to fill in the kind of information shown below via their application forms. Finally, they can review their application, and if they are satisfied, they can submit it along with the relevant documents.

CMU Application Steps

Next, wait for the results.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


International undergraduates must submit their applications and documents at least 3 months before the intake or semester in which they want to begin their studies commences. It is because the university may need 2 to 3 months to process an international application.

Graduate applicants are notified within 6 weeks if the particular department offers rolling admissions. Otherwise, for programs that come with deadlines, CMU may need 3 to 4 weeks to respond to an application.

However, it is recommended that international graduates apply at least 6 months before the semester they wish to enroll in begins. This ensures that the university gets enough time to go through all the supporting documents submitted by applicants. Also, this way, students have enough time to apply for a student visa.

Note: It is recommended to register with an active email ID and check it frequently for the latest updates on admission related information. Also, students must remain active on the official website of the university to stay updated with any admission related announcements.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


What are the chances of getting into this university?


Past academic grades and performances are evaluated while judging an applicant's ability to complete the coursework successfully. Also, most students with a 2.0 GPA (on a US 4.0 scale) are eligible to apply for most undergraduate programs.

Graduate applicants are evaluated based on their standardized exam score and other scores. However, some programs might offer alternatives to students who have not taken these tests. The English proficiency test scores are also important for students who come from non-English speaking countries.

To boost your chances of selection, check out the preparation tips for the standardized qualifying exams:



SAT Preparation Tips

GRE Preparation Tips

ACT Preparation Tips

GMAT Preparation Tips

For English proficiency exams, refer to:

Preparation Tips

Sample Papers

IELTS Tips and Tricks

IELTS Practice Tests

TOEFL Tips and Tricks

TOEFL Practice Tests

PTE Tips and Tricks

PTE Practice Tests

Pro Tip: Start preparing for these exams 6-8 months in advance (before appearing for the exam).


How many Indian/international students study at the university?


As of 2021, over 20,000 students study at Central Michigan University. CMU boats a global alumni of more than 235,000 graduates. In the Fall of 2019, CMU enrolled a total of 19,431 students, including nearly 7,658 students studying online.

CMU Spring 2021 Student Enrollment Data

According to the Spring 2021 statistics, approximately 448 international students were enrolled at the university from 55 countries all over the world. The diversity in student body at CMU for Spring 2021 enrollment can be observed through the following pictorial depiction:

CMU Student Diversity

Source: Central Michigan University

With 83 students, India tops the list of countries to which most students from a foreign country attending CMU belong.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


International students can work on-campus, provided their working hours do not cross 20 hours per week. During the summer holidays, students can work up to 40 hours a week. International graduates also need to follow these work stipulations and rules set by CMU for part-time working students. If a student fails to comply with the work hour stipulation, he/she might be sent back home.

Students must visit the Office of Student Employment Services and obtain verification forms. This form needs to be submitted to the supervisor and should have all the required details. Students should also obtain SSC (Social Security Card) from the Global Engagement Office to start working part-time.

Graduate Assistantships

International graduates who need financial support can apply for assistantships. To check the opportunities available, students should connect with their respective departments. The assistantships include rendering duties in administrative, research, and teaching departments.

Full-time assistants are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week, while part-time assistants cannot work more than 10 hours a week. These assistantships provide benefits such as tuition fee waivers and stipend to students. Graduates who have applied for full-time, non-degree, or conditional admission are allowed to apply for these assistantships.

Note: International students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website. Also, refer to the USA Study Visa Guide and F1 Visa Guide.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many campuses does the university have?


Central Michigan University has a main campus at Mount Pleasant and 50 other locations across North America. Approximately, 871 acres of land make up the main campus of CMU. Over 16,000 students reside on its main campus. Its presence can be described as:

CMU Campuses

The CMU National comprises multiple US locations while CMU International comprises 6 popular campuses in Canada. Online cohort allows students across the globe to study online. Refer to the various locations:

CMU International – Canada Locations

CMU National – US Locations

  • Camp Pendleton Center, California
  • Atlanta Metro, Georgia
  • Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  • Schofield Center, Schofield Education Center, Hawaii
  • Tripler Army Medical Center - Tripler, Hawaii
  • Fort Leavenworth Center, Kansas
  • Fort Riley Center, Kansas
  • Fort Polk Center, Louisiana
  • Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
  • Clinton Township Center, Michigan
  • Dearborn Center, Michigan
  • Detroit Office, Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Center, Michigan
  • Lansing Capital Area Locations, Michigan
  • Saginaw Center, Michigan
  • Southfield Center, Michigan
  • Traverse City Center, Michigan
  • Troy Center, Michigan
  • Seymour Johnson AFB Center, North Carolina
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • Wright Patterson AFB Center, Ohio
  • Fort Belvoir Center, Virginia
  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia

All campus locations under the university are international. It means that international applicants may get a place in their dream course through either of the colleges on either of the campuses.


Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?


CMU recommends all its first and second-year students to live in one of the residence halls or Northwest Apartments available on-campus.

Accommodation Options for Undergraduates

The accommodation type and cost per semester for the academic year 2021-2022 are shared below:

Accommodation Type

Applicable Residence Halls

Semester Cost (in USD)

New Undergraduates and Returning Students

4-person suite

Trout, Woldt, Beddow, Saxe, Calkins, Merrill, Herrig, Emmons, Larzelere, Thorpe, & Sweeney


2-person suite (Original Tower) 

Cobb Hall


2-person suite (North Community)

Robinson Hall


2-person suite (Towers Community)

Carey Hall


Returning Students Only

Premium Halls

Kulhavi, Fabiano, Kesseler, Celani, and Campbell


One-person Studio Apartment

Northwest Apartments


Two-person Apartment

Northwest Apartments


Source: Central Michigan University

Contract Information

Housing contracts are made for one year, and once they are signed, students are expected to honor them, even if they come under the following exceptions during their stay:

  • Get married and start living with a spouse
  • Veterans with active work experience of 1 or more years
  • Become 21 years or older during their stay
  • Get opportunities as a guest or special student
  • Start living with parents in a home located within 60 miles of the campus radius

Undergraduate Cost of Education

The living costs that international undergraduates might incur in the academic year 2021-2022 are given below:


Annual Cost (in USD)

Lower Level Tuition Fees (


Upper Level Tuition Fees (>= 56 credits)


Living Costs


Student Fees


Source: Central Michigan University

Graduate Cost of Education

International graduates might incur the following expenses in the academic year 2021-2022:


Annual Cost (in USD)

Tuition Fees


Living Costs


Student Fees


Source: Central Michigan University

International students must keep into account these and other miscellaneous costs along with the tuition fee while preparing their overall budget.

Note:Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of doubts?


For queries or doubts, students may use the contact details given below to reach the university:

Website: www.cmich.edu

Address: Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859, USA

Telephone: +1 989 774 4000


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