Central Michigan University

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Central Michigan University
MottoSapientia, Virtus, Amicitia
Motto in English
Wisdom, Virtue, Friendship
Type Public
Established1892;129 years ago (1892) [1]
Endowment $187.8 million (2020) [2]
President Robert O. Davies
Academic staff
1017 [3]
Administrative staff
1441 [3]
Students17,344 [4]
Undergraduates 13,048
Postgraduates 4,296
Location, ,
United States

43°35′23″N84°46′39″W / 43.589802°N 84.77749°W / 43.589802; -84.77749 Coordinates: 43°35′23″N84°46′39″W / 43.589802°N 84.77749°W / 43.589802; -84.77749
Colors Maroon and Gold [5]
Athletics NCAA Division IMAC
Nickname Chippewas
Website cmich.edu
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Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University Warriner Hall.JPG
Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University has more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and 7,000 students enrolled online at more than 60 locations worldwide.


CMU offers 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels, including programs in entrepreneurship, journalism, music, audiology, teacher education, psychology, and physician assistant. The School of Engineering and Technology has ABET accredited programs in Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. CMU has also established a College of Medicine, which opened in fall 2013. [6] It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". [7]

CMU competes in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference in six men's and ten women's sports. [8]


Central Michigan University is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose eight members are appointed by the Governor of Michigan and confirmed by the Michigan Senate for terms of eight years. This arrangement is provided for by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 for nearly all public universities, the three exceptions being the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.

The Board of Trustees appoints and reviews the President of Central Michigan University, currently Robert O. Davies. The president administers the policies set by the board and serves ex officio on the board as a non-voting member. The Board of Trustees also controls university finances, including tuition, fees, and budgets, as well as university policies, ranging from missions and goals to faculty and tenure, athletics and academics, and admissions and programs. It names facilities and groups and accepts gifts from large donors, among several other duties and powers. Members of the Board of Trustees serve without compensation, but are reimbursed by the university for expenses related to their official capacity, such as travel. [9]


Academic rankings
Forbes [10] 619
U.S. News & World Report [11] 202
Washington Monthly [12] 211
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Charles V. Park Library at Central Michigan University
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Education and Human Services Building at Central Michigan University

CMU has eight academic divisions:

Academic work on campus is supported by the recently renovated Charles V. Park Library, which holds one million books and can seat up to 2,655 patrons at a time. The university owns and operates the Brooks Astronomical Observatory.

The university's neuroscience program was named undergraduate program of the year in 2013 by the Society for Neuroscience. [13]

Graduate School

The Central Michigan University College of Graduate Studies provides over 70 graduate degree programs at the Master's, Specialist, or Doctoral levels. [14] According to the National Science Foundation, CMU spent $15.6 million on research and development in 2018. [15]

Endowed lectureships


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The CMU Chippewas logo, current as of 2007

The school's athletics programs are affiliated with NCAA Division I. CMU was a member of the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1950–1970. Almost all Central Michigan teams compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC); the one exception until recently was the women's lacrosse team, newly elevated from club to full varsity status for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year). It competed in the Southern Conference (SOCON) for a time, but likewise joined the MAC for the 2021 season.

The football program is known for producing all-stars such as Antonio Brown, & Joe Staley. Before moving up to Division I, the football team won its second NCAA Division II national championship in 1974 by defeating the University of Delaware 54 to 14. Notable Division I years include 1994, 2006, 2007, and 2009 when they won the MAC Football Championship Game. In 2009, they finished the season ranked #23 in the final AP Poll and #24 in the final Coaches Poll marking the first time that a CMU football team had ever ended the season ranked in the Top 25 at the NCAA Division I-FBS level. Since 2014, the football program has made a college bowl game, and continues to see its players set MAC records yearly.

Frequently defeating both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University in dual meets, CMU's wrestling team won its 10th straight MAC championship and seventh straight conference tournament title in 2008. The Chippewas tied for seventh at the NCAA Championships, scoring a school-record 69 points. Four individuals earned All-America honors. [18]

Central Michigan University's women's basketball program has excelled to new levels. In 2018, the team made its way to the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. The team beat Louisiana State University & Ohio State in the first two rounds, only to lose to Oregon in the third.

In 1958, the men's swimming and diving team was runner-up to North Central College at the second annual NAIA national meet, which was held in Muncie, Ind.

In May 2020, the university discontinued its men’s track and field program as part of budget cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. [19] In June of the same year, CMU announced it had received a waiver from the NCAA Division I Council that would allow the football program to remain in the Football Bowl Subdivision and give the school two years to bring the total number of men's programs up to FBS compliance. [20]

Student life

Residence life

Central Michigan University is home to 21 on-campus residence halls, arranged in four areas throughout the campus. In 2006, the 21st and 22nd residence halls on campus opened in the East complex. In 2019, the university decommissioned and demolished Barnes Hall, which was the oldest serving residence hall and the only one not physically connected to any other.

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Kulhavi Hall at the Towers
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Robinson Hall at North Campus

The majority of CMU residence hall rooms are two-bedroom suites designed for 4 or 5 persons. Three of the Original Towers (Cobb, Troutman and Wheeler), nine-story high-rise residence halls designed primarily for freshmen, feature one-bedroom suites for three or four people. The fourth of the Original Towers, Carey, was renovated to double-occupancy rooms in 2020 as a means of managing decreased enrollment. The New Towers, as well as Fabiano and Celani, are designed primarily for upperclassmen, and are four-bedroom suites. Residents of Robinson, Carey, Celani, Fabiano, Campbell, Kesseler and Kulhavi pay an additional charge over the standard room and board rate.

Each district is connected to one of four Residential Restaurants. The Towers features the RFoC, or Real Food on Campus, and the East Complex features the Fresh Food Company. Each area also has an after hours snack shop.

Some residence halls are designated as official Living Learning Communities, associated with a particular academic department, allowing students who choose to live there opportunities for study and collaboration with other students from similar programs.

CMU offers only co-ed residence halls, with Sweeney Hall the last to convert, from females only, in the fall of 2010.

Construction began on two more buildings, Celani and Fabiano, near the East Quad in the spring of 2005. The buildings are somewhat similar in design to the New Towers which opened in 2003. On December 1, 2005, one of the buildings was named The Ben and Marion Celani Residence hall to recognize the generosity of Detroit area businessman Thomas Celani and his wife Vicki.[ citation needed ] On April 20, 2006, the remaining building was named the Fabiano Family Residence Hall, recognizing their contribution to the school.[ citation needed ] John S. Fabiano served on the board of trustees 1999–2004, and also owns the Fabiano Brothers Inc, an alcohol distribution company. These two new halls opened for the fall semester of 2006, along with a new Residential Restaurant to serve the residents of the six East Area halls.[ citation needed ]

Greek life

CMU recognizes academic, social, and professional Greek organizations which comply with university rules and regulations such as its anti-hazing policies. Currently, in the social realm, there consists of 12 fraternities and 12 sororities. Other Greek life organizations that pertain to honors, degrees, and multicultural backgrounds have formed as well throughout the years. Each is unique to their own roots, and provides a great networking opportunity for students at the university.


The campus' student-run newspaper is Central Michigan Life. The paper is published every Thursday during the academic year and www.cm-life.com, which receives 1 million page views per year, is updated daily. CM Life was named one of the top three non-daily newspapers in the nation for 2007, 2018, 2019 by the Society of Professional Journalists. [21] [22] It also was named the best college newspaper in Division I in Michigan eight of the past 10 years. CM Life has been named winner of the National Pacemaker Awards by Associated Collegiate Press in 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2019. [23] [24] It also was a finalist for the first time for an online Pacemaker in 2010. [25] CM-Life has come in first place for the Best College Media Company in the nation seven years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) by College Media Business and Advertising Managers organization.

There are also two student-run college radio stations, FM 91.5 WMHW-FM and FM 101.1, a student produced newscast, News Central 34, and a student-run college television station MHTV. In 2005, a student-operated music label called Moore Media Records (MMR) was established. [26]

In addition, the university owns and operates WCMU-TV, the region's PBS station, and WCMU-FM, the NPR affiliate. Both stations serve most of Northern Michigan, including the eastern Upper Peninsula, through a network of repeater stations.

Also established in 2003 is White Pine Music, the recording label of the CMU School of Music.[ citation needed ]

On February 2, 2008, Central Michigan University's online magazine, Grand Central Magazine, was launched. Currently updated weekly, the magazine is run through CMU's Department of Journalism and features magazine style features from the world of sports, entertainment, style, technology and travel.[ citation needed ]

See also

List of Central Michigan University Alumni

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