Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to attend orientation?
All new freshman, transfer, guest, full time and part time students planning to enroll in courses.

new scienceWho is not required to attend orientation (but still may if they choose)?

  • Re-entry students
  • Post-baccalaureate students (new and returning)
  • Guest students attending only the summer session
  • Graduate students (new and returning)
  • RN to BSN online program
  • Local corrections program
  • Advanced law enforcement program
  • Cosmetology instructor certification program
  • Senior citizens
  • Police academy, dual-enrolled and summer scholars high school students*
  • Guest Students attending SUMMER session only

* These students will have to attend orientation if/when they enter NMU in a degree-seeking program.

Why do all students need to attend orientation?       
Orientation is where students are provided with information regarding academic requirements, meet with an academic adviser, schedule classes, meet faculty, staff and other students and begin to familiarize themselves with the university.

Can one check be sent to cover all fees related to orientation?                                   
Yes. Checks should be made payable to Northern Michigan University.  Checks can be sent to: New Student Orientation Program, Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.

When will students receive orientation materials?                                                         
Information regarding how to sign up for orientation is included in the admissions welcome packet which informs students that they have been admitted into NMU; no separate packet will be mailed. Students can register for orientation by using the online reservation system. Students who have provided an e-mail address upon orientation registration will receive their arrival information via e-mail. Students who registered by paper will receive a paper arrival packet via the U.S. Postal Service.

When will I receive confirmation of my orientation reservation?                                 
Students will receive an immediate e-mail confirmation if they register using the online reservation system. Students using a registration method other than the online reservation system (e.g. paper packet) will receive confirmation within two weeks by mail after registration.

Do parents and students follow the same schedule of activities?    
The orientation sessions for students and parents begin and end at approximately the same time. Parents and students, however, follow different schedules of activities.

air view of campusAre on-campus accommodations available during orientation?  
On-campus accommodations are only available during the three-day summer orientation sessions. During that time, students and parents have the option of staying on-campus in the residence halls.

What do I need to bring with me to orientation?      
We will provide you with all the materials you need. You may want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as it can sometimes be cool with the breeze off the lake. You may also want to bring a calling card, as some cell phone plans do not provide coverage in this area and there will not be phones in the rooms.

What is provided in the residence halls during orientation?                                          
Residence hall accommodations during orientation include bed linens, blankets, towels, and washcloths. These items, however, are not provided during the school year. Rooms do not have clothes hangers or electronic items such as clocks, televisions, radios, etc. The rooms are not air conditioned, so you may want to bring a small fan.

Are parents and students housed in the same residence halls during orientation?
During the three-day sessions, student and parents will be housed in different residence halls that are located close to one another. 

How should my parents/guests and I dress for the orientation activities?            
Orientation activities are casual, so dress for comfort, especially your shoes as there will be some walking involved.  Don't forget a light jacket or sweater. It tends to get cool by the lake. You may also want to bring an umbrella in case it rains.

What can my parents/guests and I do in our free time while in the area for orientation?           
Although there is very little free time in the orientation schedule, the Marquette area has beautiful beaches and hiking areas to explore. The workout facilities will be open to all students, families and guests participating in orientation.