Central Michigan University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Central Michigan University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 69%. Located in Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan is part of the Michigan Association of State Universities. Central Michigan offers over 200 undergraduate programs through eight colleges. In athletics, the Central Michigan Chippewas compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Considering applying to Central Michigan University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Central Michigan University had an acceptance rate of 69%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 69 students were admitted, making Central Michigan's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 17,858
Percent Admitted 69%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Central Michigan University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 86% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 610
Math 490 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Central Michigan's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Central Michigan scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 490 and 590, while 25% scored below 490 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Central Michigan.

Requirements

Central Michigan University recommends, but does not require, the SAT writing section. Note that Central Michigan does not superscore SAT results, your highest composite SAT score from a single test date will be considered. SAT Subject tests are not required by Central Michigan University.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Central Michigan University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 24% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 19 26
Math 18 26
Composite 20 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Central Michigan's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Central Michigan received a composite ACT score between 20 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

Central Michigan recommends, but does not require, the ACT writing section. Note that Central Michigan does not superscore ACT results, your highest composite ACT score from a single test date will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Central Michigan University's incoming freshmen class was 3.41, and over 46% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Central Michigan University have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Central Michigan University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Central Michigan University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Central Michigan University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Central Michigan University, which accepts over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Central Michigan also uses a holistic admission approach that considers academic achievement in rigorous coursework, strength of high school program, trends in grades, letters of recommendation, exceptional talents, leadership potential, and record of good citizenship.

Potential applicants should have four years of English, math, biological and physical science, and history and social science. CMU also strongly encourages applicants to complete two years of a foreign language, two years of electives in fine arts, and one year of hands-on computer experience. An admissions essay is not required, but applicants may submit an essay or other supplemental materials including extracurricular and leadership activities, employment, or explanations of special situations if they feel it will benefit their application. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Central Michigan's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted to Central Michigan University. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had "B-" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 900 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 17 or above. Many admitted students have grades in the "A" range.

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