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Central Michigan University Data & Information Overview

425 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
77% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Central Michigan University Ranked?

#402 Best Colleges in Nation
#10 Best Colleges in MI
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching Highest Ranked Major
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2024 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 425 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is physical education teaching & coaching.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Central Michigan as #402 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Central Michigan is also ranked #10 out of 57 schools in Michigan.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Central Michigan?

77% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
57% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Central Michigan University has an acceptance rate of 77%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 57% 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 620. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 510 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 500 to 600 )
Central Michigan received ACT scores from 10% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Central Michigan University  ( 20 to 26 )

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Central Michigan University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
76% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Central Michigan University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 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 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central Michigan University

77% Freshmen Retention
28% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Central Michigan University has a freshmen retention rate of 77%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan have a four-year graduation rate of 28%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  28 out of 100

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Central Michigan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,271 Full-Time Undergraduates
21.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,031 undergraduates at Central Michigan with 11,271 being full-time and 1,760 being part-time.

How Much Does Central Michigan University Cost?

$16,007 Net Price
79% Take Out Loans
$28,076 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Central Michigan is $16,007. 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 +
$10,805 $12,346 $15,720 $18,135 $18,725

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Central Michigan, approximately 79% of students took out student loans averaging $7,019 a year. That adds up to $28,076 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Central Michigan is 4.8%. 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?

$49,644 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan make about $49,644 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Central Michigan students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Central Michigan University

Michigan State
11,271 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Central Michigan University is a public institution located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The surrounding location of Mount Pleasant is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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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

100 Majors With Completions
3,730 Undergraduate Degrees
1,685 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from Central Michigan University. Of these students, 3,730 received undergraduate degrees and 1,685 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 280 $49,172
General Psychology 280 $24,851
Health & Physical Education 250 $29,054
Teacher Education Subject Specific 222 $39,217
Community Organization & Advocacy 155 $41,663
Marketing 145 $50,397
Human Development & Family Studies 140 $28,465
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 107 NA
Public Relations & Advertising 101 $35,420
Finance & Financial Management 92 $50,594

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

46% Take At Least One Class Online
22% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 7,147 students took at least one online class at Central Michigan University. This is a decrease from the 7,264 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 7,147 3,420
2019-2020 7,264 3,700
2018-2019 7,657 3,811
2017-2018 8,112 4,102
2016-2017 8,038 4,084

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Notes and 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.


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