Wildcat Wire December 19, 2013

Wildcat Wire iconWhat is this thing in my e-mail in-box, you may be asking yourself. Well, it may be new to you, but this is already installment No. 3 of the Wildcat Wire newsletter. This newsletter is sent only to those students who have been admitted to Northern Michigan University. So if you were just recently admitted, your name was just added to our list. What follows is news and information about current and future campus events, things going on in the NMU community and a few timely reminders. You can check out the first two issues by visiting http://www.nmu.edu/wildcatwire.

FYI on the FYE: A great question was submitted from a future Wildcat about the First Year Experience (FYE) program, the question: What is it? The FYE program is a group of blocked courses that students can select from rather than having to schedule classes one by one. Not only does FYE make scheduling a breeze for your first semester at NMU, but you will see familiar faces in each of your classes (people who picked the same block), making it more likely that you will get involved in course discussions both in and out of class. For more information about other FYE program advantages, jump to Northern Michigan University First Year Programs.

Who is my admissions counselor? If you have not had the chance to meet with one of our counselors when they visited your school or the local college fair, let's introduce you to them virtually! Visit this link "find my admissions counselor" and see who is your admissions "go to" person.

Where's Willy? That's an easy one this week!  Willy is in the Marketplace enjoying study break treats. The Marketplace (MP) is NMU's main dining area. It offers a wide variety of food stations and the latest "market" concept. During finals week, the MP offers late night treats in addition to the usual late night offerings. From grilled cheese to chocolate masterpieces, MP treats make studying for finals more bearable.  Follow the link for a full list of NMU's dining facilities and offerings.

Show Your Wildcat Spirit: Need ideas for a holiday gift? Ready to start showing your friends your Wildcat pride? Don't forget the NMU bookstore allows you to shop online and have things shipped directly to you.  Happy Shopping!

Look and Sound Responsible 101: Keep your parents up to date with news and events from campus. Send them the link to the Parent Partnership newsletter, which is written by President David Haynes. It covers costs, state and federal government funding, educational legislation, and general university operations information. Your parents will no doubt appreciate your expanding interest in higher education. Find the newsletter at NMU Parent Partnership.

Global Impact: NMU has many world travel opportunities including 7 faculty-led study abroad programs. Most 2014 Summer FLSAs have early February registration deadlines for current students. Financial aid can often be applied to study abroad. To learn more, a current student should contact the International Programs Office. Our goal is to bring the globe to NMU and NMU students to the world.

Looking Ahead: Okay, so you have been admitted to Northern, but what do you need to do next? Your next step is likely applying for financial aid, a task that may seem somewhat daunting to both you and your parents. We have a suggestion to make it less stressful! Visit the College Goal Sunday website and mark your calendar for a day of workshops and presentations by financial aid officers from colleges and universities around the country. The website tells you when and where College Goal Sunday is happening in your area, and it will advise you on what documents to bring to make the most out of your day with the experts! You'll also want to check out NMU's Financial Aid toolbox. Help is on the way!

Transfer Students: A Final Reminder: If you are planning to join the NMU community for the winter semester (classes start Monday January 13) you will need to get your final transcripts to the NMU admissions office as soon as grades are posted. Contact Admissions at 906-227-2650 or 1-800-682-9797 if you have questions or concerns about transcript requirements.      

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