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Central Michigan University Overview

Central Michigan University is a public institution located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The location of Central Michigan is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Central Michigan University Known For?

4,343 Undergraduate Awards
$27,572 Avg Cost After Aid
68% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Central Michigan is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Central Michigan.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Central Michigan bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $41,900 a year. That's about 3% more than their peers at other schools.

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Central Michigan University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Central Michigan has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#62 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#105 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Central Michigan.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value International Business Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Instructional Media Design Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Child Development & Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value General Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Biomedical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#128 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Central Michigan has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#32 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#94 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#114 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#119 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Central Michigan University?

Location of Central Michigan University

Contact details for Central Michigan are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 106 Warriner Hall, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-4000
Website: https://www.cmich.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cmich
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CMUniversity

How Do I Get Into Central Michigan?

You can apply to Central Michigan online at: https://apply.cmich.edu

Admission Requirements for Central Michigan

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Central Michigan?

68% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 68%, Central Michigan does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Central Michigan submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800
Central Michigan received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 18 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Central Michigan University?

$27,572 Net Price
79% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Central Michigan is $27,572. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Central Michigan, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $6,919 a year. That adds up to $27,676 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Central Michigan is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Central Michigan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,798 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,627 undergraduate students at Central Michigan, with 12,798 being full-time and 1,829 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Central Michigan

There are also 4,735 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,798 full-time undergraduates at Central Michigan, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Central Michigan

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Central Michigan University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Central Michigan Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 136
Black or African American 1,275
Hispanic or Latino 648
White 9,736
International Students 317
Other Races/Ethnicities 686

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Central Michigan University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 67 countries are represented at Central Michigan. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Central Michigan University

4,102 Took All Classes Online
8,112 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 24 master’s degree programs available online at Central Michigan. In 2017-2018, 8,112 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Central Michigan has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Central Michigan

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Central Michigan University was -1.5%. This is the #2,306 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Central Michigan regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Central Michigan majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 16%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Educational Administration 9%
Engineering Technologies 20%
Engineering-Related Fields 17%
General Psychology 1%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 10%
Health Professions 10%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 9%
Political Science & Government 8%
Public Health 37%
Social Sciences 2%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 12%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 21%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Central Michigan ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Central Michigan.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Recreation Administration #10
Community Organization & Advocacy #10
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #11
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #18
International Business #37
Political Science & Government #45
Engineering-Related Fields #51
Management Information Systems #79
Public Administration #98
Public Health #103
General Education #107
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #119
Human Resource Management #145
Human Development & Family Studies #152
General Psychology #156
Engineering Technologies #174
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #182
Special Education #190
Computer Information Systems #196
Social Sciences #203
Teacher Education Subject Specific #203
Psychology #213
Public Administration & Social Service #219
Educational Administration #251
Teacher Education Grade Specific #285
Health & Medical Administrative Services #356
Computer & Information Sciences #434

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Central Michigan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 364 82 470 0 916
Health & Physical Education 326 0 28 0 354
General Psychology 303 0 0 0 303
Human Resource Management 95 26 171 0 292
Teacher Education Subject Specific 207 0 55 0 262
Marketing 218 0 0 0 218
Health & Medical Administrative Services 61 8 111 16 196
General Biology 159 0 9 0 168
Public Relations & Advertising 160 0 0 0 160
Communication Sciences 89 0 40 14 143
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 71 0 0 59 130
Community Organization & Advocacy 130 0 0 0 130
Finance & Financial Management 128 0 0 0 128
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 108 0 18 0 126
Human Development & Family Studies 126 0 0 0 126
Accounting 123 0 0 0 123
Public Administration 14 5 100 0 119
Computer Information Systems 31 6 81 0 118
Educational Administration 0 3 88 25 116
Medicine 0 0 0 102 102
Hospitality Management 100 0 0 0 100
Communication & Media Studies 82 0 9 0 91
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 63 0 5 7 75
Management Information Systems 48 3 24 0 75
Teacher Education Grade Specific 58 9 6 0 73
Entrepreneurial Studies 60 0 9 0 69
Mechanical Engineering 69 0 0 0 69
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 56 0 10 0 66
Natural Resources Conservation 59 0 0 3 62
Political Science & Government 57 0 4 0 61
Other Social Sciences 60 0 0 0 60
Sociology 59 0 0 0 59
Social Work 55 0 0 0 55
Mechanical Engineering Technology 54 0 0 0 54
Allied Health Professions 21 0 33 0 54
Computer Science 36 0 10 0 46
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 46 0 46
General English Literature 39 0 7 0 46
Special Education 43 0 2 0 45
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 43 0 0 0 43
Design & Applied Arts 42 0 0 0 42
History 23 0 14 4 41
Economics 29 0 11 0 40
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 38 0 38
Romance Languages 35 0 1 0 36
Student Counseling 0 0 35 0 35
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 3 18 13 34
Music 21 0 13 0 34
Journalism 32 0 0 0 32
Engineering-Related Fields 0 2 28 0 30
Mental & Social Health Services 27 0 3 0 30
International Business 6 3 20 0 29
Mathematics 19 0 4 5 28
Electrical Engineering 27 0 0 0 27
Public Health 8 4 15 0 27
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23 1 0 0 24
Statistics 16 0 7 1 24
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 21 0 0 0 21
Geography & Cartography 15 0 5 0 20
Fine & Studio Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 17 0 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 0 0 16
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 4 0 12 0 16
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 16 0 0 0 16
Ethnic Studies 15 0 0 0 15
Chemistry 7 0 8 0 15
Anthropology 15 0 0 0 15
Construction Engineering Technology 14 0 0 0 14
Philosophy 14 0 0 0 14
International Relations & National Security 14 0 0 0 14
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 0 0 10
Physics 5 0 5 0 10
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Drama & Theater Arts 9 0 0 0 9
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 8 8
Industrial Production Technology 8 0 0 0 8
General Engineering 0 0 8 0 8
Natural Resource Management 8 0 0 0 8
Recreation Administration 1 0 6 0 7
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 7 0 0 0 7
Teaching English or French 0 0 6 0 6
Religious Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Real Estate 5 0 0 0 5
Computer Software & Applications 0 5 0 0 5
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 5 5
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 4 0 0 0 4
Writing Studies 1 0 3 0 4
Astronomy & Astrophysics 4 0 0 0 4
Computer Engineering 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 2 0 3
General Social Sciences 3 0 0 0 3
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 3 0 3
Applied Mathematics 2 0 0 0 2
General Education 0 0 1 0 1
Biomedical Engineering 1 0 0 0 1
Historic Preservation 0 0 1 0 1
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 1 0 1
Literature 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,343 160 1,621 262 6,386

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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