Central Methodist University College Of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Central Methodist University College Of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a part of Central Methodist University. David Rice McAnally and Nathan Scarritt officially founded the university in April of 1853. It was chartered in 1855, and classes were began in September, 1857. CMU is associated with the United Methodist Church. The main campus of the university is located in Fayette, Missouri.

CMU-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers associate's degree programs in the fields of accounting, business, chemistry, computer science, child development, English, and psychology. Students can also pursue bachelor's degrees in arts and science through the university's cooperative programs. These courses are offered through the following academic divisions:

  • Accounting, Business & Economics Division
  • English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy & Religion Division
  • Fine and Performing Arts Division
  • Health Professions Division
  • Professional Education Division
  • Science, Mathematics & Computer Science Division
  • Social Sciences Division

The athletics department of the university sponsors teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. The teams are known as the Eagles, and they compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Contacting CMU

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette , MO 65248-1198
General Phone: (660) 248-3391

CMU Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching41elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, business teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine26registered nursing
Liberal Arts21Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management15business, business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, banking, international business, MIS, merchandising and sales
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, athletic trainer
Therapy and Counseling8psychology
Security and Law Enforcement8criminal justice and administration
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Media5communication studies
Science4biology, marine biology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work3child care management
Music1music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts1drama
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy, religion

Number of programs and degrees for CMU in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree15341
Associate's degree02

CMU Student Body

In 2007-2008, CMU had a total enrollment of 934 students (931 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 41%
20-21 36%
22-24 15%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

CMU Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 43 %

CMU Room and Board (2007)

CMU offers campus housing for 690 of its 931 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fayette, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 18 meals per week.

CMU Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420580
SAT Math460480
SAT Writing410500
ACT Verbal1823
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT2%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

CMU Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,980
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,980
Room and board $ 6,000
Room charge $ 2,960
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,040
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,050

Financial Aid:
CMU participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 245300)

CMU Faculty

CMU has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year10$58,0753$50,667
Associate professoracademic year3$45,0335$45,870
Assistant professoracademic year20$39,54815$39,363
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year33$45,66124$41,908

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

CMU Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Heart of America Athletic Conference
Basketball Heart of America Athletic Conference
Baseball Heart of America Athletic Conference
Track Heart of America Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports144963

CMU Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
General Merchandising/Sales/Related Marketing Operations, Other
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets CMU Apart:

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Number of students
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Top 16%CMU Number of students
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 17%CMU % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in music
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Top 19%CMU % of degrees in music

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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