Message from the President

DrakeCentral Methodist University prepares students to make a difference in the world by emphasizing academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.  CMU is a special place where students feel a sense of belonging, can learn from a caring and talented faculty, and have every opportunity to learn and grow.

W.E.B. Dubois said, "There is no education other than an education that is at once for making a living and living a life."  At Central Methodist University, we provide each student with the opportunity to mature intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Our students develop professional expertise, affording them opportunities to make a living, while our liberal arts focus encourages students to think and critically inquire.  We believe higher education to be both a private and a public good, providing increased earning potential for the individual and providing an educated citizenry for society.

Our students have many opportunities to become involved outside the classroom.  Undergraduate research, collegiate athletics, service learning, music, theater, student government, clubs and organizations, Greek life, and intramural sports represent some of the many opportunities for students to become engaged on campus.  Consistent with our United Methodist Church affiliation, we strongly support our campus ministry program and its mission to support students as they mature in their spiritual life.

Central Methodist University is more than just a place to learn – it is a place to belong and a place to grow.  In the tradition of the liberal arts, we believe that students should have the opportunity to explore, to ask the essential questions, and to learn in their own way.  We believe that learning must be tailored to the individual.  Most importantly, at Central Methodist, we believe in you.


Roger D. Drake