Applicant Status

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.

Freshman Applicants

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:

  • Will graduate from high school with a grade point average of 2.25 or better.
  • Attain a minimum ACT composite score of 19 (writing test not required) or a minimum combined SAT score of 900 (out of 1600) on the math and critical reading sections (NMU is not currently considering the writing section for admission).
  • Successfully complete core course work as outlined in the Michigan Merit Curriculum, as referenced in the section "Secondary School Preparation". Students who have earned a GED are also considered for admission.

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 may submit records verifying the achievement of the admission standards for baccalaureate programs; or
  • Applicants must submit records verifying that they meet the specific admission requirements for the program to which they are applying. Some non-baccalaureate programs have specific minimum grade point average and/or test score requirements. This information can be found in "notes regarding admissions."

Transfer Applicants

Applicants who have attended any college or university after high school graduation or GED attainment are considered transfer applicants. Transfer applicants are admitted if they meet the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • Are eligible to return to the last institution attended.
  • High school GPA and test score requirements (noted above in “Freshman Applicants” section) if the applicant has earned fewer than 12 college-level credits after high school.
  • Academic departments may have additional requirements for admission to specific programs.

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:

  • Applicants must have completed the 10th grade of high school
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum 3.00 grade point average

Applicants are limited to taking eight credits per semester and must meet course prerequisites.  Dual enrollment students wishing to attend NMU as degree-seeking students after high school graduation do not need to reapply for admission, but must notify the Admissions Office to update your application information and desired term and major.

Re-Entry Applicants

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:

  • Official transcripts must be sent from all institutions students have attended since their last NMU enrollment date.
  • If suspended or dismissed from Northern Michigan University following their last enrollment, re-entry student applicants must submit appeals to the Admission and Academic Policies Committee through the Academic and Career Advisement Center.
  • All debts to the university must be paid before course registration.

Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

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.

Non-Degree Applicants

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:

  • Non-degree students are limited to a maximum enrollment of eight credit hours during any enrollment period.
  • Non-degree students must meet all course prerequisites.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

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.

Guest Applicants

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:

  • Applicants may not register as degree candidates at NMU.
  • Applicants must have the NMU courses they wish to take approved in advance by the registrar of their home institution.
  • Applicants must understand that falsification of any part of a guest application may result in cancellation of admission or registration at NMU.
  • Guest Students must arrange to have any credit earned to be sent to their home institutions.
  • Guest Students are limited to a maximum of two regular semesters or 32 credit hours and must submit a new guest application for the second semester.

To apply, please complete a Michigan Uniform Undergraduate Guest Application and submit the $30 application fee.

International Applicants

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:

  • Completed International Student Application for Admission.
  • Application fee through bank draft, money order or credit card made payable in U.S. funds for $30.
  • Transcripts - Request official, original transcripts of ALL secondary school work (U.S. and non-U.S.), official certificates showing results of any standardized examinations taken in your home country ("O" levels, "A" levels, etc.), and official transcripts of any colleges, universities or trade schools you have attended be sent directly from the issuing institution to Northern Michigan University. Certified translations are required for any documents not originally in English. These translations must be complete, word-for-word, and in the same format as the original document. Students have the option of using the WES ICAP service for non-U.S./non-Canadian educational documents (see below).
  • Education Credential Evaluation - Students must submit all non-U.S., non-Canadian* academic records to Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) or other accepted agency along with the required fee.   A "Course-by-Course" report --or equivalent--must be selected. NMU uses the information on the report provided to us by ECE or other agency to help determine admissibility and any  transfer of credit. (NMU will notify you if a subject analysis report is needed to determine transfer credit.) You may choose another agency, such as North American Educational Group (NAEG) or World Education Service (WES).  Students may elect to order the WES ICAP service.  This service allows applicants to submit their official educational documents only once--to WES. NMU would then receive the verified documents from WES.

    If, at the time of application to NMU, you have course work in progress at a non-U.S./non-Canadian* institution, you must also submit your additional documents for evaluation upon completion of your current study. There will be an additional fee to the agency (ECE, WES, NAEG) for this and upon receipt of the final report, NMU will review your admission status again to insure that you meet admissions requirements.  *An evaluation of credits may be requested for some Canadian institutions' documents.  Evaluations may be waived for some international schools affiliated or aligned with U.S. institutions. The NMU Admissions Office will notify applicants regarding any requests or waivers.
  • Certification of Finances - Applicants must provide documentation that they have the ability to finance their education at Northern Michigan University. This is accomplished by completing the certification of finances section of the international student application for admission and providing either the bank official’s signature on that section or a separate letter from the bank official or a bank account statement.
  • English Proficiency - Non-native speakers of English must prove an adequate level of English language proficiency for admission into an academic program. English language proficiency for admission can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

English proficiency tests:

TOEFL - minimum score of 61 iBT/173 CBT/500 PBT;
IELTS – minimum overall band score of 6.0;
MELAB – minimum score of 69

Diploma from a U.S. high school (other proof may be required if courses on transcript are listed as ESL);

Diploma from an international school with U.S. regional accreditation (as verified by AdvancED at;

Diploma from IB curriculum school whose medium of instruction is English (as verified by IBO World Schools at If applicant went to an IB school with two or more language of instruction, the applicant’s transcript must specify that their program was English language;

Diploma from high school/secondary education in a country where English is the official language. Transcript must show four years of high school English (composition and literature-based) with C or better grades. List includes: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Micronesia, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenadines, St. Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe;

Scores of 500 or better on the SAT Critical Reading and Writing sections;

A score of 21 or better on ACT Combined English/Writing;

Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in 12 or more college-level semester credit hours from a U.S. institution of higher education. Credits must include college level English composition and/or speech with grades of C or higher;

Successful completion of Level 112 in the ELS Language School;

Other proof of English proficiency may be considered on an individual basis.

  • Certification of Finances - Applicants must provide documentation that they have the ability to finance their education at Northern Michigan University. This is accomplished by completing the certification of finances section of the international student application for admission and providing either the bank official’s signature on that section or a separate letter from the bank official or a bank account statement.

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.

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.