Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission requirements differ depending on the status of the applicant (freshman, transfer, etc.) and the level of academic program. The following sections describe the credentials considered, the admission requirements, and the application procedures for each applicant status and program level.

Secondary School Preparation

Michigan students should follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum, and all students are strongly encouraged to take core courses as recommended by the Presidents Council (State Universities of Michigan):

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • Four years of social studies
  • Four years of science
  • Three years of language

Beyond these core courses, students are encouraged to take  courses or get experience in the arts and information technology. 

Computation of High School Grade Point Averages

NMU recalculates the grade point average of high school students on a 4.00 scale by counting all grades received in the core courses outlined above for a minimum of six semesters. Grades in courses designated on the transcript by the school as honors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) receive added weight in the computation. If the high school includes any college courses taken while in high school on the high school transcript, those grades will receive added weight as well. If a student has earned a GED, the “score average” is equated to a grade point equivalent for admissions purposes.

Computation of College Grade Point Averages

In calculating the grade point average of transfer students, Admissions computes college-level courses only, using credits attempted and honor points earned.

Standardized Achievement Testing

All applicants for baccalaureate programs (and some community college level programs) must take the ACT or SAT. Exceptions to this policy are granted to those who: (1) will have earned 12 or more semester hours of college-level credit taken after high school graduation; (2) are international students other than Canadian; (3) are persons who have been out of high school for three years or more; and (4) are applicants to some associate, certificate, certification and diploma programs.

Note: Students intending to pursue an education program should provide their ACT/SAT scores even if exempt as noted above.


Admission decisions are made on official documents. Applicants should request that official transcripts be sent directly to the NMU Admissions Office (1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855) from each high school and college/university/trade school attended. Students who have earned a GED must have an official score report sent to NMU from the testing center.