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Central Michigan University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Central Michigan University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

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

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Central Michigan is ranked #533 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

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

See all of the rankings for Central Michigan University.

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 )

Learn more about Central Michigan University admissions.

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

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

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 23% for first-time, full-time students at Central Michigan, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Central Michigan University.

Good Overall Diversity at Central Michigan

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 16,387 undergraduates at Central Michigan with 14,264 being full-time and 2,123 being part-time.

Central Michigan Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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 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.

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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 in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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. The surrounding location of Mount Pleasant is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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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 98 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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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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