Freshman Probation Program

young studentsThe Freshman Probation Program was created to provide support and assistance to college students who have entered NMU with one or more academic challenges. The program provides the structure that any student needs to be successful in college. Students admitted to NMU with fewer than 12 college credit hours and a high school grade point average of less than 2.25 or an ACT composite score of less than 19, are placed on freshman probation. Students remain on freshman probation until they have attained at least a 2.00 GPA in 12 credits of 100-level courses or above. Students are asked to sign a Freshman Probation Agreement Form that further outlines the details of their probation.

Freshman probation students are placed in a “block” of courses with 12-14 credit hours for their first semester. Typically, the courses fulfill Liberal Studies Program requirements and/or general elective credit. The concept behind the block is to have 25 students take courses together to help support each other and form study groups. The block consists of a two-credit freshman seminar course (UN 100C), a support course designed to introduce students to success in college, and usually three liberal studies courses. The instructor of the Freshman Seminar course will also serve as the enrolled students’ academic adviser.

Sample Block (14-credit hours)

UN 100-Freshman Seminar 2 credit hours General Elective Credit
EN 110-Good Books 4 credit hours Liberal Studies Humanities Credit
PS 101-Intro to Political Science 4 credit hours Liberal Studies Social Sciences Credit
CIS 110-Principles of Computer Information Systems 4 credit hours Liberal Studies Formal Communications Credit

To learn more about NMU’s freshman probation program, read the Frequently Asked Questions page.