Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University (CMU), founded in 1892, is accredited and nationally recognized for academic excellence. CMU is a Doctoral Research university of about 28,000 students, including over 20,000 on the main campus.

Welcome to Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University (CMU), founded in 1892, is accredited and nationally recognized for academic excellence. CMU is a Doctoral Research university of about 28,000 students, including over 20,000 on the main campus.

Dedicated faculty mentors offer students personal attention in a professional yet friendly learning environment. Students enjoy state-of-the-art library and research facilities, convenient classrooms, and friendships with faculty and other students that will last a lifetime.

Central Michigan University

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (www.eli.cmich.edu) provides courses in English as a second language (ESL) for non-degree students, as well as CMU degree seeking students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students receive cultural training and language skills required to succeed in an American university, as well as American society.

The ELI provides two programs of study. The Intensive Program is a full-time, English only program for conditionally admitted students who have no TOEFL scores, TOEFL scores below 61 iBT, or non-degree students who just want to improve language skills. The Dual Program is an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program for conditionally admitted, degree seeking students who have either completed the ELI Intensive Program or have submitted TOEFL scores between 61 and 78 iBT. Students in this program are generally allowed to take some CMU degree courses while completing their ELI Dual Program requirements.

IELTS scores are also accepted in place of the TOEFL. Learn more online, at www.eli.cmich.edu

Undergraduate Degree Programs

CMU takes a holistic view of student applications. For admission, we carefully consider each candidate in many areas, including: overall grade point average; entrance exam scores; rigor of high school courses; extra-curricular and leadership activities; work experience; and volunteer service. You should apply for admission as soon as possible - preferably within the first few weeks of your final year in high school. For a complete list of academic programs and student life information, please visit our web site at www.oie.cmich.edu.

Graduate Degree Programs

CMU offers more than 70 graduate degree programs at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. For a complete list and downloadable information materials, please visit our web site at www.grad.cmich.edu.

CMU’s College of Graduate Studies has a proud tradition of academic excellence. Students enjoy flexible graduate program plans and convenient classrooms and schedules. They especially appreciate the friendly atmosphere and close access to faculty mentors and student services.

Graduate admission to CMU requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the Internet-based exam. Conditional admission is possible with slightly lower TOEFL scores. If you score 500-547 (paper-based), 173-210 (computer-based), or 61-78 (Internet-based), you may be granted conditional admission, if all other admission requirements are met. We also accept IELTS, with a score of 6.5 (minimum) or 5.5/ 6.0 (conditional).

Students who do not meet the minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELT are eligible only for admission to the CMU English Language Institute, and students must apply separately. Learn more online, at www.cmich.edu/international.

Central Michigan University

Campus Overview

CMU’s main campus resides on 480 acres and features a centralized, state-of-the-art library conveniently located within a short walk of all campus academic, dining, and residential facilities. Around campus you'll discover stately architecture dating to the early 20th century, illuminating CMU's rich academic traditions. You will also find many new or modern buildings, demonstrating CMU’s ongoing commitment to the student needs of today and tomorrow.

CMU's renowned library features over a million books, diverse print and digital research materials, hundreds of computer stations, wireless internet access, art exhibits, meeting rooms, and a refreshing coffee shop. CMU students also enjoy the student activity center (SAC), with fitness and work-out rooms, indoor and outdoor recreation, and many track, court, and swimming facilities.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, which is not associated with an actual mountain. Rather, it is a classic American university town with an open and friendly atmosphere. Students enjoy walking both on and off campus and visiting nearby dining and shopping facilities. Many restaurants, department stores, and shopping facilities are within walking distance and numerous musical concerts, theatrical productions, and sporting events occur throughout the year. Learn more online, at www.cmich.edu/international.

Online and Off-Campus

CMU also offers programs online, and at more than 60 locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. See www.cel.cmich.edu.

More Information

At Central Michigan University (www.cmich.edu/international) you will find a learning community that values student-centered teaching, encourages diversity and global understanding, expands graduate research, engages in public service, and actively welcomes YOU!


$15,000—$20,000 Year

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Top Programs

Business Administration, Communication, English Language (ESL)

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

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  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment

Mount Pleasant MI
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