CMU Rates at Top Among 28 Canadian Universities for Academics, Faculty, and Community.
At CMU we recognize that decisions about university are made frequently as a family. Indeed at their best, families offer both roots and wings to their children as they enter this adult phase of learning and growth. As you walk alongside your young adult child making post-secondary choices, we encourage you to explore all that CMU can offer—from a parent's perspective. While it may be hard to imagine your child leaving home and going to university, we've supported many families through this important transition. As a CMU parent, you're an important source of support for your child and, in that, you're important also to our university community. Should you have additional questions beyond those identified below, please contact CMU Director of Enrolment at lnickel:@:cmu.ca anytime.
What basic information should I have about CMU?
Who are Mennonites and what do they believe?
How does CMU's Mennonite church rooting shape university learning and life? Do students need to be Mennonite to study at CMU? Are most students Mennonite?
How does CMU's theological rooting shape the experience of students?
What are the "Liberal Arts"?
Studying the 'Liberal Arts' goes back to the Ancient Greeks who considered a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences to be the defining mark of an educated person, and essential for free and active participation in civic life. In the ancient world the liberal arts referred to a certain core curriculum that included only three subjects: grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Later, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy were brought in as well—all of which were seen as preparatory for serious studies in philosophy and theology. The aim of a liberal arts education was to produce a person who was virtuous and ethical, knowledgeable in many fields and highly articulate.
While modern liberal arts curricula include a larger range of subjects, they still retain the core aims of developing well-rounded individuals with general knowledge of a wide range of subjects and with mastery of a range of transferable skills. The goal of a liberal arts education is to produce 'global citizens', with the capacity and the inspiration to continue learning through their lives, and to contribute in valuable ways to their communities.
Today, the phrase "liberal arts" generally encompasses the following disciplines, often pursued in inter-disciplinary ways to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and skill:
Why are Liberal Arts important and how does CMU's Liberal Arts vision shape teaching and learning?
Since September of 2000, CMU has nurtured a particular vision of a Liberal Arts education, shaped within the embrace of the Christian church, an Anabaptist orientation and a unique trajectory of commitments. A broad spectrum of programs, with a focus on cross-disciplinary learning, opens students to engage the world and their place within it.
How do CMU's students benefit from Christian Liberal Arts learning?
To read more about why the Liberal Arts matter, check out these articles and links!
What advantages does CMU offer?
Are CMU degrees recognized by other universities?
What is a 'Practicum' and why is every graduating student involved?
Why are practica important?
What do students do on their practicum?
For what kinds of careers does a CMU education equip students?
The Outtatown Discipleship School is a unique, one or two-semester certificate program of CMU. This incredible year, is focused for recent high school grads looking to travel, serve others, learn more about God and the world, make lifelong friends, and experience 'once-in-a-lifetime' adventure.
Can students earn and transfer any credit for OT?
What do other parents say about a 'CMU experience'?
Want to hear a visitor's experience? Dr. Chris Marchand, a visitor from Niverville, MB, was surprised and impressed to see CMU's core values reflected so clearly in the day-to-day details of campus life. Click here to read more.
What do CMU's 2nd and 3rd year students tell us about their experience?
The Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC) administers a Canada-only university survey that looks at detailed aspects of the undergraduate student experience and which is "open to any degree-granting university of the AUCC" (Association of Universities and Colleges). The CUSC survey is largely focused on 'student satisfaction', asking students to assess their level of satisfaction with various aspects of their university experience and giving students the opportunity to identify their top priorities for improved educational services and outcomes.
In the winter of 2014, the CUSC survey targeted 2nd and 3rd year ('middle years') students. 28 Canadian universities participated in this survey. Of this number 23 were public universities (both large and smaller) including 5 universities offering undergraduate and graduate degrees (with most having professional schools). In addition, 5 'faith based' universities, including CMU, participated in the survey. A total of 22,537 'middle years' students responded to the survey. Response rates by university ranged between 16% to 59%—with 140 of a possible 237 (59%) CMU 'middle years' students choosing to respond.
So, what did we learn?
What does a year of study at CMU cost and what financial supports are available?
Two semesters (one year) of tuition for full time study (five courses each semester) costs approximately $7,000. Living in residence for eight months costs approximately $6,000, with variations dependent on whether students share a room, live in dormitory or apartments or in the new residence hall, etc. For full details on tuition, fees and finances aid, scholarship opportunities and awards, click here for our Financial Information pages.
What opportunities for on-campus employment exist?
What services are available for students?
How does CMU support and care for students?
CMU recognizes that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of students are essential to their ability to engage academically and to participate in community. For this reason, we strive to provide holistic, compassionate support and care to each of our students. We also strive to challenge our students, out of respect for their immense potential and capacity for growth.
CMU commits to be a hospitable and welcoming learning community for each member of its diverse student body, in which a broad range of backgrounds, faith journeys, and convictions are represented. At the same time, CMU owns its identity as a Christian university rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. All students who choose to study here are expected to honour the CMU community's ethos and well-being, and to respect the Community Guidelines.
What advantages does residence life offer students?
To read all about why living in residence is a great option for your child, click here.
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Discover what makes CMU special, in the words of our faculty
Students reflect on what surprised them about CMU
"CMU’s made me realize that I don’t just have to be educated to get a job that will help me survive adulthood. I can get an education that gives me the knowledge I need to thrive, and the abilities to actually help the world. I can get a job that doesn’t just serve me and fill my bank account. I can get a job that actually helps people. In high school I knew that was a reality, but I didn’t believe that could actually be my life. Being here I’ve realized I can make a positive impact on the world and I can do that by doing what I love. That’s the difference that CMU has made for me."
– Levi Klassen, 2nd year student
"At CMU, I have learned more than I imagined possible. I've been challenged and pushed to think of things that never entered my mind before and because of this, I am much more knowledgeable about myself, and the world around me."
– Emilie Roussis ('18)
"I've learned that critical thinking isn't just for essays and textbooks–it's for living in the world in a way that challenges you to think about the bigger picture, think about other people, and think about just how much you can do to make the world a better place even in the everyday aspects of your life."
– Heather Muir ('15)
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