Academic Standards

The Academic Proficiency Policy defines the academic standards all students, including online students, must meet to be academically successful at NMU.  Students are notified of their academic status via their end-of-semester grade report on MyNMU.  NMU does not mail/e-mail any grade reports or information.  For further information regarding academic proficiency and standards, contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center (ACAC).

Grade Point Average (GPA) Definitions
Overall NMU GPA – this is a cumulative GPA of all grades earned in all courses taken in a student’s tenure at NMU.  Only NMU grades are used – grades from other colleges or universities are not included in the GPA requirements for academic proficiency at NMU.

Semester GPA – this is the GPA of NMU courses completed each semester.  Students on probation must pay particular attention to standards based on the semester GPA (see Academic Probation section).  Only NMU grades are used – grades from other colleges or universities are not included in the GPA requirements for academic proficiency at NMU.

Academic Good Standing
Students who earn a minimum overall NMU GPA of 2.00 or higher are considered to be in academic good standing.  Students are not able to receive a degree (bachelor or associate), certificate or diploma from NMU if they have not attained good standing.

Academic Probation
Students whose overall NMU GPA falls below a 2.00 at any time are placed on academic probation and must meet certain semester GPA requirements, which are listed below.   Students who fail to meet these requirements will be academically suspended from the university.  Students remain on academic probation until they attain/re-attain good standing.

Overall GPA Credit Hours
at End-of-Semester Grading

Semester GPA Required
to Remain at NMU

Less than 28 credit hours

1.70 Semester GPA or higher

28 to less than 56 credit hours

1.80 Semester GPA or higher

56 or more credit hours

2.00 Semester GPA or higher

Immediate Academic Suspension
New students (freshmen and transfer students) in their first semester of enrollment who take eight or more credits (100-level or higher) and earn less than a 1.00 semester GPA will be academically suspended for one calendar year.  If suspended, students are not allowed to take any NMU courses, including vocational (less than 100-level), online courses, and summer courses.

Academic Suspension
Students who are placed on academic probation, and then fail to meet the semester GPA requirements, will be academically suspended for one calendar year.  If suspended, students are not allowed to take any NMU courses, including vocational (less than 100-level), online courses or summer courses.

Academic Dismissal
Students who had previously been academically suspended from NMU, re-enrolled, and subsequently do not meet academic requirements again, will be academically dismissed from the university.  Students must wait one calendar year to appeal for reinstatement.  If dismissed, students are not allowed to take any NMU courses, including vocational (less than 100-level), online courses or summer courses.

Length of Suspensions and Dismissals/Appeals
All academic suspensions from NMU are for one calendar year.  Suspended students have the ability to appeal to return earlier than one calendar year.  Appeals are heard by the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee (AAPC) of the Academic Senate.

Students who are academically dismissed from NMU may not appeal for one calendar year from the date of their dismissal and an appeal must be approved by the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee of the Academic Senate for the student to be reinstated.

Appeal Assistance
All appeals are presented to the AAPC by the academic proficiency officer in the Academic and Career Advisement Center (906-227-2971).  It is important for students to discuss the appeal process with this staff member.

Other Michigan Four-Year Colleges/Universities
Typically, all 15 Michigan four-year colleges and universities honor each other’s suspensions and/or dismissals; if suspended at one school, attendance is usually not possible at another school until the suspension/dismissal has been lifted.