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Central Michigan University: Narrative Description


Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Tel: (989)774-4000; 888-292-5366
Admissions: (989)774-3076
Fax: (989)774-3537
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1892. Setting: 854-acre small town campus. Endowment: $53 million. Research spending 2003-04: $6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4769 per student. Total enrollment: 27,683. Faculty: 1,062 (692 full-time, 370 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 13,593 applied, 74% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 17,500 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 2,416 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 39 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4610 full-time, $153.65 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,712 full-time, $390.40 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $755 full-time, $212.50 per term part-time. College room and board: $6160. College room only: $3080. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 250 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 7% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Assembly, Student Government Association, Program Board. Major annual events: Homecoming, Siblings' Weekend, Mainstage. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,985 college housing spaces available; 5,975 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Charles V. Park Library plus 1 other with 1 million books, 1.3 million microform titles, 3,330 serials, 26,694 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $8.3 million. 1,585 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the approximate center of the state, Mount Pleasant is the largest city in the county. Average temperature is 45.6 degrees; rainfall, 26.14; snowfall, 45.7 inches. The area has a hospital, auditoriums, theatres, motels, a public stadium, and its own airport. Ten lakes and a ski range nearby offer excellent recreational facilities. An Indian reservation is located four miles east of the city.

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