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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.

308 Undergraduate Degrees
284 Graduate Degrees
$27,572 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
68% Acceptance Rate

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Central Michigan University Rankings

Central Michigan is ranked #3 out of 13 schools in Michigan.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#45 Most Popular Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#155 Most Popular Teaching Master’s Degree 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
#4 Best Instructional Media Design Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Instructional Media Design Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Most Popular Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular Educational Administration Master’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
#32 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#32 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#94 Best Colleges for Education 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

How Do I Get Into Central Michigan?

You can apply to Central Michigan online at:

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 )

SAT Math Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 500 to 590 )
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 )
ACT Math Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 20 to 27 )

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.


This school is the 2nd 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 #1,637 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
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 4%
Educational Administration 9%
General Educational Leadership & Administration 22%
Reading Teacher Education 18%
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
Adult & Continuing Education Administration #6
Technology Education #9
Teacher Development & Methodology #53
Reading Teacher Education #72
General Education #107
General Education #107
General Special Education #127
Special Education #190
General Educational Leadership & Administration #198
Teacher Education Subject Specific #203
Educational Administration #251
Teacher Education Grade Specific #285

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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 3 40 25 68
English & Language Arts Education 64 0 0 0 64
Early Childhood Education 45 0 5 0 50
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 46 0 46
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 40 0 0 0 40
Science Education 37 0 0 0 37
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 35 0 35
Technology Education 0 0 33 0 33
Music Education 22 0 4 0 26
Mathematics Education 24 0 1 0 25
Adult & Continuing Education Administration 0 0 23 0 23
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 0 19 0 19
Social Studies Education 19 0 0 0 19
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 17 0 17
Elementary Education 13 0 0 0 13
History Education 12 0 0 0 12
Health Education 9 0 0 0 9
Teacher Development & Methodology 0 9 0 0 9
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 0 0 8 8
Art Education 8 0 0 0 8
Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision 0 0 6 0 6
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 6 0 0 0 6
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0 0 6 0 6
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 3 0 0 0 3
Spanish Education 3 0 0 0 3
General Special Education 0 0 2 0 2
General Education 0 0 1 0 1
Biology Education 1 0 0 0 1
Chemistry Education 1 0 0 0 1
French Language Teacher Education 1 0 0 0 1
Secondary Education 0 0 1 0 1
Community College Education 0 0 0 0 0
Earth Science Teacher Education 0 0 0 0 0
Physics Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 308 12 239 33 592


*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.

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