Find your applicant status among the choices below to understand the admissions requirements and application process you should follow. To apply, follow all steps listed under the Application Procedures. Click on the appropriate status section heading for the application form.
Applicants who have not attended any college or university after high school are considered freshman applicants.
Baccalaureate Program Admission: Freshman applicants seeking admission to a baccalaureate degree program will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
Non-Baccalaureate Program Admissions: Freshman applicants seeking admission into associate, certificate, diploma-level or certification programs will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
Applicants who have attended any college or university after high school graduation or GED attainment are considered transfer applicants. Transfer applicants are admitted in good standing if they have attained a minimum 2.00 overall grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) in all college-level courses taken at all post-secondary institutions attended after high school. Transfer applicants must also be eligible to return to the last institution attended. Academic departments may have additional requirements for admission to specific programs. Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 12 college-level credits will be reviewed based on high school and college performance. College level credits earned during high school are eligible for transfer credit, however grades in those courses do not count toward the transfer GPA that we use in our admissions decision or in the awarding of transfer scholarships. A transfer credit evaluation is completed by the Registrar's Office after admission.
Dual Enrollment Applicants
Applicants who are still enrolled in high school and wish to be enrolled in NMU courses prior to high school graduation are considered dual enrollment applicants and may be admitted, provided the student has demonstrated consistent, excellent academic achievement. Local school districts have their own requirements regarding approval of students seeking to pursue dual enrollment. Students should contact their school counselor or principal. Additionally, the following requirements must be met for admission as a dual-enrolled student at NMU:
Dual enrollment students wishing to attend NMU as degree-seeking students after high school graduation do not need to reapply for admission. Write or call the Admissions Office to let us know you’d like to continue at NMU.
Previous Northern Michigan University undergraduate students who have not been enrolled at NMU for at least one year are considered re-entry applicants and will be re-admitted to the university provided they are eligible to do so under the Northern Michigan University Academic Proficiency Policy. Students may complete the re-entry update form. Additionally, the following requirements must be met:
Applicants who hold a baccalaureate or higher degree and wish to pursue another undergraduate degree (in a field other than that of previous degree/s) or seek an initial secondary or elementary provisional teaching certificate are considered a post-baccalaureate applicant and will be admitted to NMU providing they have graduated from an accredited college or university. Individual academic programs may have additional requirements for admission.
Applicants who intend to enroll in classes for personal and/or professional development or for purposes other than obtaining a degree, certificate or diploma are considered non-degree applicants, and the following stipulations will be enforced for admission:
Credit earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward degree programs. To begin this process, the non-degree student must complete a change to degree form, supply all required documentation, meet the same minimum grade point average and credit hour criteria as transfer applicants, and be formally admitted to a specific academic program.
Applicants who are regularly enrolled at and eligible to return to another college or university, but wish to earn credit from Northern Michigan University, are considered guest applicants. The following stipulations must be met for admission:
To apply, please complete a Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application and submit the $30 application fee.
International and Canadian student applicants must provide additional credentials to satisfy U.S. immigration regulations.
Canadian students need to complete the application for admission and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances form. Other required credentials are the same as listed in the applicable applicant categories above. NMU may request an evaluation of credentials from an outside agency on an individual basis.
International students (non-Canadian) must provide the following:
Admission to Northern Michigan University requires completion of the steps above and meeting the requirements as specified under the applicable applicant status (freshman, transfer, etc). Once a student is admitted, NMU will issue an I-20AB form to the student. Application deadlines for international students are June 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the winter semester.