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 School of Engineering and Technology has ABET accredited programs in Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering. The university’s neuroscience program was named program of the year in 2013 by the Society for Neuroscience and CMU has also established a College of Medicine, which opened in fall 2013. CMU competes in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference in six men’s and ten women’s sports.
The Central Michigan University College of Graduate Studies provides over 70 graduate degree programs at the Master’s, Specialist, or Doctoral levels.
The campus’ student-run newspaper is Central Michigan Life. The paper is published Monday and Thursday during the academic year. CM Life was named one of the top three non-daily newspapers in the nation for 2007 by the Society of Professional Journalists. It also was named the best college newspaper in Division I in Michigan. CM Life has been named winner of the National Pacemaker Awards by Associated Collegiate Press in 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. It also was a finalist for the first time for an online Pacemaker in 2010.
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 stationMHTV. In 2005, a student-operated music label called Moore Media Records (MMR) was established.
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.
On March 2, 2018, there was a shooting on campus. Central Michigan University police confirmed that two people were fatally shot at Campbell Hall, adding that the deceased are not students. Police believe the situation started from a domestic situation, and a law enforcement official speaking to WWJ Newsradio 950 said the victims were the shooter’s parents.