Central Michigan University: How to Tour CMU (Easy Interactive Self Guided Map of the College Campus), Photos, Where to Park, How to Get Day Parking Permits, Virtual Tour

Touring Central Michigan University | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

You will absolutely love our self guided tour of Central Michigan University! This scenic campus tour is perfect for prospective students and their families or anyone curious about the campus!  It's a fun thing to do while touring Mt. Pleasant! Go Chippewas!

If you can't visit in person, you can see our Central Michigan University virtual tour by photographs and videos below.

Keep reading as we have everything you need to know when visiting and touring Central Michigan University!

Table Of Contents

  • How to Get Parking Permits (Day Passes for Central Michigan University)
  • Where to Park at Central Michigan University
  • Self Guided Tour PDF
  • **Interactive Map and Walking Directions- invaluable tool!
  • Selfie at the Seal: Warriner Building
  • Bovee University Center
  • Fabiano Botanical Gardens
  • CMU's Park Library
  • Art Sculptures along the CMU walking tour
  • Academic Mall
  • Education and Human Services Building: Environmentally Sustainable Building!
  • Residence Halls, Event Center, McGuirk Arena and Student Activity Center

How to Get Parking Passes, Where to Park at Central Michigan University and an Overview of Touring CMU

(Hi! You get to see my smiling face!)

Guest Parking on CMU Campus: How to Get A Day Parking Permit/Pass

Visitors must register their vehicles with the CMU Police Department/Parking Services.

Where is Central Michigan University parking services?

The CMU Police Department/Parking Services is located at the Combined Services Bldg, (1720 East Campus Dr, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859).  They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to issue visitor permits. Visitors are required to obtain a parking pass if parking on campus Monday-Friday from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You will need:

  • Your vehicle's registration
  • Your drivers License
  • $5 cash

Map of Where to Park at Central Michigan University 

You will be proved a red parking tag (to leave in your vehicle) that allows you to park in the yellow lots shown above on the map.

We recommend parking at lot 27 C (yellow lot) on Preston Street as it is next to the Park Library.  This lot is a central location for the CMU campus walking tour. Of course, verify this is where you can park with the pass provided to you.

Self Guided Tour PDF Map and Directions of Central Michigan University (CMU) 

LEARN MORE: Here is a PDF (takes a minute to load) walking tour of Central Michigan University's campus with lots of information and facts about each number in the purple box above.

The walking tour is a 1.5 mile tour that hits the best spots on campus!

Interactive Self Guided Map: Walking Tour of Central Michigan University's Campus

We created a live, interactive walking map of CMU's campus as static maps aren't as detailed or show you where you currently are. 

***Remember to CLICK HERE --> Central Michigan University interactive map for a LIVE connection to Google Maps while you walk!!

We created this Central Michigan Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops. 

Helpful Map Tips:

  • Zooming in: Click on the plus and minus buttons at the bottom left of the map to narrow in or out of the map. Or scroll with your mouse or use two fingers on your phone.
  • Moving the Map: If using a mouse, click on the little hand icon to move the map around. 
  • More Info: Click or touch the colorful pins to obtain more information about the event or schedule. 
  • Drop Down Menu: Click or touch the square with the small arrow on the upper left side of the map for a drop down menu to find particular events or locations.
  • Expanded Map View: Click the grid marks on the upper right of the map to expand the map.

Are you ready?  Let's GO!  Be sure to use the map above to reference all our stops!

How Many Students Attend Central Michigan University?

Central Michigan University is a public research university located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. CMU was established in 1892 and has approximately 20,000 students on the Mount Pleasant campus and 7,000 students enrolled online at more than 60 locations worldwide.

If you are interested in taking classes, check out the Central Michigan University home page!

1: Selfie at the Seal: Warriner Building at CMU

Did you know the CMU seal is the most photographed landmark on Central Michigan University's campus?  The seal is located on the north side of the Warriner building. 

Central Michigan University SealCentral Michigan University Seal

2. CMU's Bovee University Center

The Bovee University Center at Central Michigan University is where students enjoy gathering for meetings or grabbing lunch at the food court. 

The Student Employment Office is also there.  You can pop in for a quick break and get a coffee too!


CMU's Fabiano Botanical Gardens in Mt. Pleasant: Great Place to Read or Relax 

Fun side stop!

Right across the street from the Bovee University Center is Fabiano Botanical Gardens (located to the west of the library).  You absolutely MUST stop and relax under a shade tree or in the beautiful gazebo to enjoy the fountain. 

  • Check out the lovely waterfall too!

3. CMU's Park Library in Mt Pleasant Michigan is Spectacular!

Park Library, located on Preston Street in Mount Pleasant Michigan is a sight to behold!  The architecture is just breathtaking and so photogenic! Inside are a couple small galleries, restrooms and the Sarah and Daniel Opperman auditorium. 


What's Cool?

Head on up to the second and third floors to see 33 miles of moving bookshelves! It's pretty impressive. These bookshelves are on tracks so they can be easily moved. 

There are also 300 student workstations and a student hot spot, a quaint coffee shop.

This is the main hallway connecting the library, Clarke Historical Library, art gallery and Sarah and Daniel Opperman auditorium.

If you are visiting during a hot summer day, stop in to cool off!  You don't need a badge or be a student to enter the library.

See Art Sculptures Along the CMU Walking Tour in Mt. Pleasant

4. CMU's Student Academic Mall

Just continue along the paved path to see Moore Hall (communication and fine arts), the Dow Science Complex, Brooks Hall (sciences), Bush Theatre and the Music Building.


5. Be Wowed by the Education and Human Services Building at Central Michigan University: An Environmentally Sustainable Building!

So this is cool...

The Education and Human Services Building is an environmentally sustainable building!  The EHS Building opened in 2009. I love the architecture of this building. Be sure to walk all the way around it as the north side is so picturesque.

6-8. Residence Halls, Event Center, McGuirk Arena and Student Activity Center

Self Guided Walking Tour at Central Michigan University

The CMU Events Center hosts many NCAA Division I athletic events, conferences and concerts. The Student Activity Center is home to Central Michigan University's main fitness center, a pool, bowling alley and intramural sports programs.

Visiting Mt Pleasant Michigan? Looking for Fun Things to Do?

Pin This Central Michigan University Page!

You Might Also Like...

Bay City Michigan: Top Things to do, Best Restaurants and Shopping!Bay City Michigan: Top Things to do, Best Restaurants and Shopping!

Subscribe To Receive Exciting Destinations, Day Trips and Fun Directly to Your Inbox!

Cute Baby Ducks on Our Newsletter InviteTraveling Michigan Newsletter

Sign Up to Our Newsletter to Get the 5 Free Must Have Apps to Travel in Michigan Like a Boss!

Follow Us on Instagram 

Sherry Trautman Bio Picture

About the Lead Author | Sherry Trautman

Thanks for stopping by!

Our Words of Wisdom: “Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means follow that path.”

"Sherry & Chris"

We're Sherry and Chris the founders of one of Michigan's most comprehensive and Top Travel Blogs!

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of Travel-MI.com. This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

Sherry & Chris are at the Inn at Bay Harbor and looking out at the lake.
Read More About Us Here

Join our newsletter of Michigan Explorers!

Share Social

When you wish destinations came with a 30 second trailer so you can see what you’re getting yourself into.  

If you whine and are nice, IM us and we will tell you if you are truly screwed or not. 

Where Do You Want To Start Your Next Adventure?

Slickstream Search Box