I checked the notable graduate section on the website, but couldn't find my name. I am sure that is an oversight. I am a graduate of C.M.U. Central gave me a great foundation in education and allowed me to stretch and challenge my own perspectives. I credit my education with opening my mind and recognizing and appreciating differences. On campus, I learned to expand my perspectives about people and motivation.
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Central is well known for educating great teachers and has a program in Outdoor and Environmental Education Minor. This unique program teaches active outdoor learning through discovery and exploratory techniques.
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His response to my questions can be found below:
1. Describe your institution and the type of student that is the best fit.
As a C.M.U Chippewa, you are part of a community of 27,000 students from across the United States and more than 54 countries around the world. Chippewas are champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Through the University’s more than 200 academic programs, students gain skills to research and preserve the earth’s resources, start businesses, teach youth, and treat and prevent disease.
Founded in 1892 and located in the heart of Michigan, C.M.U is the 76th largest public university in the country, offering the classic traditions of a university town, culture and the true college experience. Rated one of the safest campuses in the state, C.M.U has 22 residence halls that feature amenities such as workout facilities, healthy dining options (including a Mongolian BBQ!), student success coaches, and living/learning environments for those who share academic interests.
“At the end of the day, C.M.U graduates leaders.” It’s one of President George Ross’ favorite quotes, capturing the experiences and mindset C.M.U strives to foster among all students. It also reflects the feedback we receive from employers worldwide about their C.M.U alumni employees. No matter your major, C.M.U prepares you to be a leader. It starts before your first year, with Leadership Safari. It’s conveyed through the C.M.U Leadership Institute, the Leader Advancement Scholarships and even our leadership minor — the first and only among Michigan’s four-year universities.
Involvement is one of the greatest indicators of academic success en route to a degree. And at C.M.U, we offer nearly 400 student organizations for you to join, serve and lead. You’ll find academic, cultural, political, professional, recreational and special interest groups. Get involved with an intramural or club sport, a music, theater or dance group, a fraternity or sorority, or an organization with travel opportunities so you can run, sail and fly all over the world.
2. What are your admission requirements?
C.M.U does not have a minimum requirement for admission. We take a holistic view of a student's application and carefully review each one. The following factors are considered in this process:
- Overall grade point average
- ACT test scores
- Rigor of high school courses
- Extra-curricular and leadership activities
- Work experience
- Volunteer service
Central's freshman class has an average high school grade point average of 3.33 and an average ACT score of 23. Along with being good students, successful C.M.U students tend to be well rounded in activities, interests and involvement.
3. Why is post-secondary education education and training important?
Attending college provides students with the knowledge and experience different from high school. There is a lot more opportunity available for college graduates in the workforce and statistics show higher wages as well. Jobs are increasingly more competitive, and in order to give yourself the best chance for a job, students should look into the value of a post-secondary education. Post-secondary education is also important for people interested in continuing personal development and strengthening social skills. College can give students exposure to new cultures and peer groups, which is beneficial when we think about the ever growing and changing global economy.
4. As the parent of a middle school student, what steps can I take now to help my child succeed in the future?
My biggest advice for middle school students and parents is to know college is a possibility. A lot of parents think "I cannot afford to send my child to college", so we encourage parents to research scholarship info. Parents also think that scholarships are just for high grades and ACT scores. Plenty of colleges have money available to those students that are involved and volunteer in the community, so it's never too early to start getting involved. A lot of times, a middle school student's parents are not aware of all the college options out there, they just see the big football schools on TV. We encourage kids to research all different types of schools and explore their websites.