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Central Michigan University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Central Michigan University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Central Michigan University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Central Michigan University was awarded 112 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Central Michigan as #533 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Central Michigan held the #628 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Central Michigan also holds the #16 spot on the Best Colleges in Michigan ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Central Michigan?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Central Michigan University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 68%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 Composite scores ranged between 20 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 20 to 27 )

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Central Michigan University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Central Michigan University, this rate is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Central Michigan University is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central Michigan University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Central Michigan University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Central Michigan is 23%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Central Michigan

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,804 undergraduates at Central Michigan with 15,585 being full-time and 2,219 being part-time.

Central Michigan Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Central Michigan is 62.94 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  62.94 out of 100
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How Much Does Central Michigan University Cost?

The overall average net price of Central Michigan is $15,677. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Central Michigan

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,375 $12,680 $15,699 $17,682 $18,096

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Central Michigan, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Central Michigan, approximately 80% of students took out student loans averaging $6,916 a year. That adds up to $27,664 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.

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How Much Money Do Central Michigan Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Central Michigan with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,900 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Central Michigan University make the most money.

Location of Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University is a public institution situated in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Mount Pleasant is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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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

Central Michigan University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 99 majors graduated from Central Michigan University. Of these students, 4,343 received undergraduate degrees and 1,883 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 364 $49,800
Health & Physical Education 326 $29,100
General Psychology 303 $28,300
Marketing 218 $51,200
Teacher Education Subject Specific 207 $36,600
Public Relations & Advertising 160 $35,200
General Biology 159 $28,800
Community Organization & Advocacy 130 $40,500
Finance & Financial Management 128 $43,400
Human Development & Family Studies 126 $27,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Central Michigan University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Central Michigan

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 8,112 students took at least one online class at Central Michigan University. This is an increase from the 8,038 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 8,112 4,102
2016-2017 8,038 4,084
2015-2016 7,385 5,174
2014-2015 7,163 5,072
2013-2014 6,626 4,505

Learn more about online learning at Central Michigan University.

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