10 Things Incoming Students Should Know Before Arriving at CMU

Central Michigan University is just outside the top 5 biggest colleges in Michigan and has a lot to offer. The University located in Mount Pleasant has grown rapidly, along with the city, offering more to do for students and faculty. Here are a few things you should know about CMU as well as some hot spots to visit.

1. CMU is considered a “Teacher Factory.”

Central has a well-known education program. If you’re interested in teaching, but not 100% sure it’s the career for you, the introduction to teaching class is highly recommended. It’s no surprise that CMU has the most teacher education alumni in Michigan.

2. Attend the football games, even if you aren’t a football fan.

Central may not be in the Big 10 Conference, but they have been a strong team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). If you don’t like football, at least go and watch the band or the “Marching Chips” as they like to call themselves.

Marching Chips

3. They offer programs no other Michigan colleges do.

Central is the only university to offer an undergraduate degree in meteorology and the only recreation and event management major in Michigan.

4. Craving Mexican? Visit Taco Boy.

If you like Mexican food that isn’t part of a chain, visit Taco Boy. They have daily specials, but the place is packed for their Wednesday deal!

5. Stay Active at the SAC.

If you’re paying for at least one credit out of pocket, the Student Activities Center, better known as the SAC is free! Be sure to take advantage of the pool and intramural sports!


6. Soaring Eagle is in your backyard.

Soaring Eagle is a fun night out away from the typical college scene. Gamble or catch a show at the casino or spend some time at the water park!

7. The Malt Shop is to die for.

The Malt Shop has been serving CMU students and the Mt. Pleasant community for over 45 years. You have to be doing something right to be in business that long. Their pizza and ice cream won’t disappoint.

8. Relax on the Chippewa River.

You can’t say you’ve had a true CMU experience without floating or kayaking down the Chippewa River. The river is also good for sledding or snowshoeing in the winter!

9. Hit the Links while the weather is warm.

Riverwood Resort is a short distance from campus and has a golf course and bowling alley for entertainment. Additionally, there are a lot of golf courses to choose from such as Pohl Cat and Bucks Run Golf Club.

Riverwood Resort

10. Work Hard, Play Hard.

The bar to be at is the Wayside. They have too many specials to list, but you won’t be disappointed. If the Wayside is too busy for you, go downtown to The Bird. After a night out, be sure to visit the Pizza King for a late night snack.