Central Michigan University Reviews

  • 90 Reviews
  • Mount Pleasant (MI)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,650
90% of 90 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 90 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 1/17/2023
  • Degree: Psychology
"For those reading this and are considering any graduate program in Psychology (clinical, experimental, I/O, school), do NOT apply here. CMU is slated to cut funding for students in those programs as soon as 2023-2024. Unless you are a current student who is only taking extension credits and has a thesis and/or dissertation leftover as the final requirement, do not consider it. Even if the tenured faculty are not going anywhere else, no tuition waivers AND stipends means that living in the area will be a challenge unless you have savings to live in the area. The Graduate Student Union (GSU) has also dissolved so no way to negotiate those contracts. Despite how much we as students have voiced our concerns, our worries, and commented on how our requirements our being rushed is concerning alongside the stipend cut, no one at the university is listening to us. Even if someone has an abusive advisor in the midst of a sinking budget, there are no mechanisms in place to protect those students, even if they are in a diverse group and reported harassment or discrimination (ethnic, neurodiverse). If that advisor drops from the committee for a project requirement, 1-2 years on that is officially gone in the blink of an eye. My old advisor dumped me and now I am starting my dissertation behind with the lingering concern of whether who is on my committee will actually be around the following year for my defense sometime in 2024. Central Michigan University - You are a disappointment to me and others in various programs across different departments. Others may not be vocal about it, but I am doing so on my behalf and theirs as well. If you cut the budget for graduate students entirely, remember how many dreams you crushed in the wake of keeping administration who could have had pay reduced to pay those graduate students' tuition and stipends. Instead, administrative pay increased while simultaneously discussing low enrollment. This is why people are leaving here. Its clear that our futures as students who drive CMU are not the concern, its those highest in the chain of command who are instead. If CMU restores funding for graduate students in Psychology departments and proves this review wrong, I will remove this review. In the meantime, it will remain as a caution to future students."
Molly Ryan
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"If I could give zero stars I would. I took 2 classes via distance learning for professsional development. The problems I have had afterward trying to get my transcripts sent have been horrific. The school also charged an inordinate amount in additional fees after the classes were completed. I’m still dealing with this three months after my classes were completed. I have lost a job I badly needed because my license couldn’t be renewed until they posted the transcripts. Their response “I’m sorry you didn’t understand the packet you were sent that explained this”. (There was no packet sent). Truly horrible experience. AVOID IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!!"
T. Shearer
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2021
  • Degree: Accounting
"I strongly suggest that you don’t attend Central Michigan. I only had 20% (1 of 5) professors teach classes live even after vaccines were readily available. The Central Michigan professors do poorly in teaching online. They read the slides over Zoom and have limited real world examples to help you understand the material. I asked my tax class professor for better resources to understand the material and she said “read the book”. I paid room & board and food plan costs to be taught by one professor. There was a shooting at a Central Michigan apartment and one of the football players almost got killed. Central Michigan is not a good school."
Scott Stewart
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
"Central Michigan University was one of the best college experiences that I could have asked for. It is a larger school that feels like you know everybody. From my first day touring campus, I remember it being the most friendly campus with everyone waving hello as I walked past. I did not get that same experience anywhere else. Central instills passion for leadership on campus, with programs such as Leadership Camp for high school students, Leadership Safari for students to meet new people and learn leadership skills as they come onto campus for the first time, and their investment in the Leadership Institute. They care extensively about student involvement, with hundreds of organizations to join and gain leadership experience, as well as community service and giving back through programs such as the Alternative Breaks program, where it is a leadership throughout the country. I highly suggest coming here as I would not be the person that I am today if I went elsewhere."
Natilie Williams
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2019
  • Degree: Public Relations
"Central Michigan University is not only an affordable institution, but it also does a great job of equipping student leaders with experience. The academic programs are created for students to learn academically while gaining professional skills and personal maturation. The registered student organization are an additional source of comfort and inclusion. The large school has a small school feel with a campus that is easily accessed for navigation purposes."
Kaitlyn Randall
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2019
  • Degree: Nutrition
"My experience at Central Michigan University CMU) could not have been better. The campus is just the right size; I grew up in a small town so I appreciated the simplicity of Mt. Pleasant where CMU is located, yet the student population is dense enough to provide students with that true college experience. I chose the school specifically because of the Dietetics program; Dr. Hildebrandt is the most knowledgable nutrition professor I have ever had the privilege to know and any individual interested in pursuing a degree in dietetics would learn dividends from this woman. I also joined ROTC while at CMU, which provided me with a close-knit community that was very active at the college and I made life-long friends from the program. I would highly recommend CMU to any student looking for the perfect college experience!"
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2019
  • Degree: Public Administration
"This is all online. It was ok I guess. The professor I had on our leadership class was totally checked out and we didnt hear from him until the end of the course. He provided no direction and didnt respond to emails. As I approached graduation I had one professor who gave me a 3.0 in the class. I had to call her out and point out specifics of the syllabus. She then had to change my grade to a 4.0. When I had emailed her about my grade she simply tossed it off and said I didnt turn in all the assignments. Which I absolutely did. She acknowledged her mistake in an email to me and I responded with my gratitude and thanking her for helping me on this life journey to further educate myself. I had no response from her which would have been nice. In my recent course the professor gave us practice questions to work on. He simply copied questions from another course he taught. So I simply copied my answers from that course. He then failed my assignment and said I coudnt do that. I get that it was lazy on my part but it was also equally lazy on his parrt. Especially since Im paying 30,000 for this degree. So Im not impressed."
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"Central Michigan University offered a great Biology program. Even though CMU is a university everyone of my professors made a point to learn my name and develop a personal rapport. CMU offered so many opportunities. I was able to engage in 2 years of extensive research, SI sessions, active-learning style classrooms, tutoring, math labs, clubs and extra curricular activities. The campus aura is intoxicating and addictive, you will make life-long friends with classmates and faculty."
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2018
  • Degree: Art & Design
"I got my master in graphic design from Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran- Iran. I wrote my thesis in Islamic Art field and very satisfied of the professors and courses. Since we moved in the USA at 2014, getting a related job become a big challenge so I ended up to get another master in other field of art hopefully it would reach me up to a proper job."
Kaylee T
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"While at CMU, I have had many opportunities to learn and grown as a professional and a scholar. The Psychology Department is full of faculty genuinely interested in the success of their students. Beyond the Psychology Department, there are many ways for students to get involved on campus. With so many registered student organizations, there is something for everyone. While here, you will make friends that will last you a lifetime and gain experiences that will make you competitive in the workforce!"
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Completing my undergraduate degree at CMU was definitely the best choice for me. My time and experiences there prepared me for my master's degree that I am now pursuing in bilingual speech-language pathology. CMU's smaller class sizes and ability to conduct individual research with many of the professors while also having the diverse class selection is what makes it competitive with larger universities in the state. My time at Central was amazing and I would definitely recommend the school and the CDO program to any perspective students looking to have unique opportunities during their 4 years of undergrad."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Counseling
"Getting too expensive; the campus is beautiful"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It was a program that worked well for those working full time and working towards an advanced degree."
Amanda Sterling
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"For the most part every one of my professors treated students with respect and understanding. I minored in American Sign Language and legal studies, and every professor I encountered for those classes, were well educated on the subject and was always willing to help with just about everything. Some professors however, would really try their hardest to make it so you fail. One of my Psychology professors, told the class on the first day no body really passes his class, he makes it so you cannot. The campus is clean for the most part, and everything is close, you can get from one side to the other within 20 minute walk."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: History
"My experience at CMU was wonderful. Faculty are, mostly, interested in helping students pursue their goals during their education and afterwards."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"There are a number of locations to take courses. They have a variety of class formats."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"CMU is amazing. Best pick for undergrad or grad."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Great college! Very good professors and I learned a lot of great content"
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: History
"I had a great experience at CMU. To succeed there it's important to get involved on campus. Join a club or group that's the best way to make friends. I loved my teachers and my time there."
Maddie, age 35
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I enjoyed it. The classes were clear cut and it was a working adult program, so I completed classes at night while I worked. I loved it!"