Academic Time Line

Freshman Year (0-27 credits) – Exploring

  • Enroll in a First Year Experience (FYE) block that focuses on a subject you are considering as a major. 
  • Focus on courses that meet the liberal studies requirements while enrolling in one or two courses in a subject you are considering as a major.
  • Meet with an ACAC adviser for assistance with understanding the undergraduate bulletin, liberal studies courses, and overall graduation requirements.
  • Attend the Month of Majors sessions (held every October) for academic programs you are interested in.
  • Utilize the FREE services offered by All Campus Tutoring to excel in your courses and enhance your study skills. 
  • Take a self-assessment to understand how your skills and interests correlate with possible majors and careers.
  • Become involved in volunteering and/or a student organization through the Center for Student Enrichment
  • Create an account and start a resume on NMU Career Tracks.

Sophomore Year (28-55 credits) – Decision Making

  • Focus on courses that meet the liberal studies requirements while enrolling in one or two courses in a subject you are considering as a major.
  • Meet with a department adviser to learn about specific requirements of a major; also verify if you are considering a major that requires an additional admissions process. 
  • Complete occupational research in areas you are considering as careers. 
  • Consider a study abroad experience for the summer or your junior year.
  • Pursue employment opportunities (part-time or summer) in your area of interest.
  • Declare your academic major and minor, if required.

Junior Year (56-87 credits) – Experiencing

  • Focus on courses required for your major and minor.
  • Obtain a leadership position within a student organization you are active in.
  • Work with your academic department to gain work experience through internships, field work, employment and/or volunteering.
  • Explore graduate programs and prepare for graduate school entrance examinations, if required. 
  • Continue to utilize NMU Career Tracks to develop a current professional resume. 

Senior Year (88-more credits) – Graduating

  • Focus on courses required for your major and minor.
  • Verify with your academic adviser that you are ready to apply for graduation.
  • Apply to graduate school, if required.
  • Research and apply for employment opportunities.
  • Attend NMU job fairs.