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 follows:

  • Four years of English
  • Four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • Four years of social studies
  • Four years of science
  • Two years of world 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 uses the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transcript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g. weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two.

Standardized Achievement Testing

All applicants for baccalaureate programs (and some associate and certificate 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.

GED Testing Service (American Council on Education)

For applicants with a GED earned prior to January 2014, the “score average” is equated to a grade point equivalent for admission and scholarship purposes. GEDs earned after January 1, 2014, will be reviewed based on new guidelines and will not be equated to a GPA.

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.


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.

Home School Policy

Students who have been home schooled at any time during grades 9-12, and who have not earned 12 or more college-level credits after completion of high school, should submit their ACT/SAT results and an official transcript of courses taken and grades earned while home schooled. A final transcript verifying high school graduation/completion, or an official GED score report, is also required. The official transcript may be from a school district, home school/curriculum agency, or the parent (if the parent was the educator). If a transcript is parent-produced, it should contain the graduation date, a statement that the information is accurate, and it should be signed by the parent and notarized. Students who have completed 12 or more college-level credits after completion of high school do not need to submit a high school transcript.