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Welcome to CMU

The University

The Campus

Central Michigan University is in its second century as an institu- tion of higher learning focused on creating a caring and engaging environment for students.

Central Michigan University is a multifaceted national university offering more than 200 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral level. A richness of opportunity, both within and outside the university’s classrooms, make CMU the school of choice for tens of thousands of students each year.

Central Michigan University is located at the southern boundary of Mount Pleasant, a growing city of over 25,000, accessible from highways US-27 and M-20. The university’s enrollment includes students from every county in Michigan and from other states and countries, representing both rural and metropolitan areas.

All off-campus program students are encouraged to visit Mount Pleasant and the CMU community any time. Campus tours are pro- vided weekdays and occasional Saturdays through the Admissions Office, Warriner Hall, 989-774-3076 or toll-free, 1-888-292-5366. Parking information and guest passes are available by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions office in advance of your visit.

CMU Mission Statement

The university’s sense of community is reflected through governance structures that allow broad-based participation, op- portunities for close student-faculty interaction, and a rich array of residential and campus-based cocurricular activities. Through its partnerships and outreach efforts, the university promotes learning outside of the traditional classroom and enhances the general welfare of society.

Core Values

The Central Michigan University community has identified core values that guide and motivate the institution. CMU’s mission statement reflects a commitment to these values:


Student-focused learning, placing the strongest value on learning and teaching;

The scholarship of discovery and creativity, recognizing that the most basic function of the university is to seek, apply and disseminate knowledge and insights;

Liberal education as the foundation of the undergradu- ate curriculum, articulating this commitment in a general education program;

Graduate education as integral to the university experi- ence, enhancing the learning environment for all community members and providing leadership in the area of scholar- ship;

Nurturing and encouraging personal growth, creating an environment that actively and deliberately supports individu- als’ effort to realize their potential and achieve their goals.


Diversity and multiculturalism, embracing multiple voices, perspectives and ideas rather than the dominance of only one idea, person, faction, generation, race, culture or religion;

A sense of community, encouraging a shared sense of belonging, the harnessing of energies and commitments to common goals, and the valuing of the contributions of all members to the whole;



CMU will be a nationally prominent university known for integrity, academic excellence, research and creative activity, and public service.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, 3-3-05


Central Michigan University serves Michigan and the larger community as a doctoral research university focused on excellent teaching and student-focused learning. The university is commit- ted to providing a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs and services to prepare its students for varied roles as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic and diverse society. Its programs encourage intellectual and moral growth, prepare students for meaningful careers and professions, instill the values of lifelong learning, and encourage civic responsibil- ity, public service and understanding among social groups in a global society.

The university emphasizes an undergraduate program that main- tains a balance between general education and specialization. In addition to educational depth in at least one academic discipline or professional field, the university provides educational experi- ences in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, global cultures, and issues of race and diversity. The university offers selected high quality graduate programs in traditional disciplines and professional fields. Through its Off-Campus Programs, the university provides access to higher education programs and lifelong learning opportunities both nationally and internationally through a variety of innovative instructional methods and sched- ules designed to meet the demands of adult populations.

Central Michigan University encourages research, scholarship and creative activity and promotes the scholarly pursuit and dissemination of new knowledge, artistic production and ap- plied research. Through its support of research, the university enhances the learning opportunities of both its undergraduate and graduate students and promotes economic, cultural and social development.

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