What We Offer: Awards and Scholarships

President's Award

Do you have a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher? Non-Michigan residents who meet this criteria are awarded in-state tuition through the President’s Award.

Out-of-state students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a 20 on the ACT may combine the President’s Award with a merit-based scholarship from the university, in addition to any outside scholarships.

Merit-Based Scholarships

  • Academic Prestige Award
    $6,000 per year / $24,000 over four years
  • Academic Excellence Award
    $4,500 per year / $18,000 over four years
  • Academic Success Award
    $3,000 per year / $12,000 over four years
  • Residence Life Grant
    $2,000 per year / $8,000 over four years

Applications submitted by Nov. 15 are given priority consideration. Review additional scholarships, qualifying criteria and deadlines for all awards.

Where We Are: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

A Midwest institution nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes State, Central Michigan University is within two hours of Lansing, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Battle Creek, Mich. Wit​h easy access to US-127 and M-20, Mount Pleasant provides convenient travel to and from any direction.

Two top-rated regional health and hospital centers, countless businesses, and endless dining and entertainment options also call Mount Pleasant home. Surrounded by lakes, forests and lush farmland, CMU Chippewas experience a diverse, close-knit and safe community.

What We Do: Recreation, Entertainment and Travel

Michigan’s four-season climate and picturesque outdoors make Mount Pleasant and the surrounding area ideal for outdoor activities. CMU students experience the vibrancy of the Chippewa River through hiking, camping, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Outside of Mount Pleasant, CMU students revel in professional sporting events at Comerica Park and Ford Field, expand their education at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Museum of African American History, and find excitement at the Detroit Zoo and Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park in Muskegon.

Manistee National Forest, Bay City State Recreation Area – home to Saginaw Bay – and Belle Isle Park Island near Detroit extend robust outdoor opportunities.