Central Michigan University

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Central Michigan University
Motto Sapientia, Virtus, Amicitia'
Motto in English
"wisdom, virtue, friendship"
Type Public
Established 1892[1]
Endowment $108 million[2]
President George E. Ross
Academic staff
1017 [3]
Administrative staff
1441 [3]
Students 28,389[4]
Undergraduates 21,698[5]
Postgraduates 6,613[6]
Location Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S.
43°35′23″N 84°46′39″W / 43.589802°N 84.77749°W / 43.589802; -84.77749Coordinates: 43°35′23″N 84°46′39″W / 43.589802°N 84.77749°W / 43.589802; -84.77749
Colors Maroon and Gold[7]
Athletics NCAA Division IMAC
Nickname Chippewas
Affiliations AASCU
Website www.cmich.edu
Warriner Hall at Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant in the U.S. state of Michigan. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is one of the largest universities in the state of Michigan and one of the nation's 100 largest public universities. It 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 nationally recognized programs in entrepreneurship, journalism, music, audiology, teacher education, psychology, and physician assistant. The university's neuroscience program was ranked first in the nation[8] by the Society for Neuroscience and CMU has also established a College of Medicine, which opened in fall 2013.[9] CMU competes in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference in six men's and ten women's sports.[10]


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 George E. Ross. 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 to athletics and academics to admissions and programs. It names facilities and groups and accepts gifts from large donors, among several other duties and powers it possesses. 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.[11]


University rankings
Forbes[12] 619
U.S. News & World Report[13] 190
Washington Monthly[14] 211
Charles V. Park Library at Central Michigan University
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 school owns and operates the Brooks Astronomical Observatory.

Graduate School

The Central Michigan University College of Graduate Studies provides over 70 graduate degree programs at the Master's, Specialist, or Doctoral levels.[15]

Endowed lectureships


The CMU Chippewas logo, current as of 2007

The school's athletics programs are affiliated with NCAA Division I. For football, the school is in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. Almost all Central Michigan teams compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC); the one exception is the women's lacrosse team, newly elevated from club to full varsity status for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year). Because the MAC does not sponsor lacrosse for either men or women, that team competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school colors are maroon and gold, and the school, its students and alumni are referred to as Chippewas or Chips. The nickname is used with the consent of the nearby Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, who have a positive relationship with the university. The university was placed on the NCAA's list of schools with "hostile and abusive" nicknames in August 2005, but appealed the decision, with the support of the tribe. On September 2, 2005 the university announced that their appeal of the decision had been upheld.

The school's athletics logo has changed over time; once featuring an Indian spear, it is now a stylized block letter "C". Within the university, the logo is often referred to as the "flying C" or the "running C", although it is officially called the "action C". The current version of the athletic trademark was first used in 1997. The logo was designed by IET Department undergraduate student Jason Prout in 1995.

CMU's football team won the second NCAA Division II national championship in 1974 by defeating the University of Delaware 54 to 14. The team was voted national champion in the Associated Press College Division poll. The Chips have also been national runner-up twice. 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. Central's baseball team was NCAA Division II runner-up in 1971, having lost to Florida Southern College 4 to 0 in the championship game. In 1994, 2006 and 2007 they won the MAC Championship in football. In 2006 against Ohio and then defeated Middle Tennessee State in the Motor City Bowl. The Chippewas won a second consecutive MAC Championship in 2007, with a 35–10 victory over Miami (OH). In 2009, the Chippewas won their third MAC football title in four years, and went on to defeat Troy in the GMAC Bowl. Their final record of 12–2 tied a school record for victories. 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. Its football team also made a resurgence in 2012 by winning the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (formerly Motor City Bowl) by defeating Western Kentucky 24-21. 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.[17]

CMU was a member of the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1950–1970.

Chippewa Matmen have been at CMU dating back to 1955. Central Michigan Chippewa wrestling team is led by head coach Tom Borrelli, currently in his 22nd season, and are among the best in the nation each year competing in the NCAA Championships.

Student life

Residence life

Central Michigan University is home to 22 on-campus residence halls, arranged in four areas throughout the campus. In 2006, the 21st and 22nd residence halls on campus opened in what was currently the East complex.

Kulhavi Hall at the Towers
Robinson Hall at North Campus

All residence halls except for some Barnes Hall rooms, Robinson Hall, Celani, Fabiano and the remaining Towers are two-bedroom suites designed for 4 or 5 persons. The Original Towers, nine-story high-rise residence halls designed primarily for freshmen, feature one-bedroom suites. The New Towers, as well as Fabiano and Celani, are designed primarily for upperclassmen, and are four-bedroom suites. Robinson Hall and the original section of Barnes are the only residence halls designed for double occupancy. Residents of both the New Towers, Celani, Fabiano, 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. Only Barnes Hall, the oldest residence hall at CMU, is not directly connected to a residential restaurant. The original section of Barnes Hall is also the only part of any residence hall on campus that has community bathrooms.

Some residence halls are designated as official Residential Colleges, 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 converting from females only in the fall of 2010. Since the Fall 2005 semester, Calkins Hall, home of the Business residential college, is co-educational, after a long history of being females only. The other residence halls are either co-ed by building or by floor. In the fall of 2007, Beddow and Thorpe Halls became co-ed due to a decline in students requesting to live in single-gender residence halls. In the fall of 2008, Merrill Hall was added as a co-ed residence hall, leaving Sweeney Hall to be the only same gender hall on campus.

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. On April 20, 2006, the remaining building was named the Fabiano Family Residence Hall, recognizing their contribution to the school. 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.

Greek life

CMU recognizes academic, social, and professional Greek organizations which comply with university rules and regulations such as its anti-hazing policies. Greek houses are located in the historical student neighborhood bordering campus to the north. Below are the current houses:


The campus' student-run newspaper is Central Michigan Life, an award-winning newspaper published Monday and Thursday during the academic year. It won more than 50 collegiate journalism awards in the 2007–2008 school year. There are also two student-run college radio stations, FM 91.5 WMHW 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.[18]

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.

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.

Notable alumni and faculty


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