Glossary of Academic Terminology

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Dean’s List: Published each semester naming those undergraduate students who have achieved a high scholastic standing for the previous semester. To qualify for this recognition, a student must: (1) have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours, earning honor points in at least eight credit hours, and (2) have earned a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Remedial courses at the 080 and 090 level do not qualify and are not included in the 12 credit hours. The Communications and Marketing office, 607 Cohodas Hall, 906-227-2720, submits the names of students receiving recognition to the hometown newspaper that serves the city listed as the student's permanent address. The NMU Deans List is also published on the Web.

Deferment: A form sent to a lending institution indicating a student’s current enrollment status. Used by the lending institution for the purpose of postponing student loan repayment. Deferral Payment: Deferral Plan is designed for students and their families who are expecting, but have not yet finalized financial aid awards and other tuition payment methods by the tuition due date. The plan allows for the deferral of tuition, fees and housing payments until on or about September 1 for fall semester and on or about February 1 for winter semester. To participate in the Deferral Plan, students must sign up for the plan each semester by the tuition due date.

Degree Audit: A degree audit is a listing of course work and requirements that the student must complete before becoming eligible for a certificate or degree. This audit is prepared by hand each semester for eligible students in order to assist them in preparing for their degrees. Degree audits are automatically mailed to eligible students each semester just prior to course registration. Degree audits are mailed in mid October during the fall semester and mid March during the winter semester. Special requests for a degree audit can not be honored due to the volume of degree audits produced each semester. Students who are not eligible to receive an audit must meet with their academic advisor to determine graduation requirements. Course work that is in progress is not considered to be complete and will appear on the degree audit. Students should review their audit carefully with their advisors prior to advance registration. Copies of prior degree audits can be obtained from the student's academic advisor or requested from the Registrar's Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2202. Degree Audit Eligibility: A degree audit is a listing of course work and requirements that the student must complete before becoming eligible for a certificate or degree.  An audit is prepared each semester for eligible students in order to assist them in preparing for their degrees.  To be eligible for an audit, a student must be currently enrolled in a degree granting program and have declared a major, concentration and minor, if required, and have acquired the minimum earned hours toward a degree according to the following chart:

Baccalaureate Degree 87 earned credit hours
Associate Degree 32 earned credit hours
Certificate 16 earned credit hours

Degree student: A student who has been admitted to a degree category and is seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a planned course of study. Degrees Offered: Northern Michigan University offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Non-Baccalaureate Level

Baccalaureate Level

Graduate Level
Associate of Arts Bachelor of Arts Master of Arts
Associate of Science Bachelor of Fine Arts Master of Public Administration
Associate of Applied Arts Bachelor of Music Education Master of Science
Associate of Applied Science Bachelor of Science Master of Fine Arts
Associate of Business Bachelor of Science in Nursing Master of Individualized Studies
Associate of Technology Bachelor of Social Work Master of Science in Nursing
Certificate   Master of Arts in Education
Vocational Diploma   Education Specialist

In addition, several departments offer certifications which indicate satisfactory completion of a program of study. Development Fund Scholarships: Scholarships funded by private donors and have varying eligibility requirements for both need and merit-based applicants. Some scholarships are program-specific, while others are open to any major.

Diplomas for Recent Graduates: Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address on file. Since the semester ends the same day as commencement and final examinations are still being given, verification of degree and the mailing of the diploma will take approximately six to eight weeks after the date of graduation. Diplomas will not be mailed to students who have have a outstanding debt to Northern Michigan University.

Diplomas, Duplicate: All requests for duplicate diplomas must be submitted in writing and cannot be requested by telephone, fax, e-mail, or internet. To obtain a copy of your duplicate diploma, please send the duplicate diploma request form with payment to the Registrar's Office. Each duplicate diploma cost $15 per copy. Duplicate diploma requests take approximately six to eight weeks for processing. Northern Michigan University does not keep a copy of your diploma on file, they are special ordered from a printer. If you need documented verification of your degree quickly, please order an official transcript. For questions regarding your duplicate diploma request, please e-mail degaudit@nmu.edu. If you have any outstanding debts to the university, we cannot issue the duplicate diploma until it has been cleared by the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, 906-227-1221.

Directed Study Course: A course in which a student and a faculty member plan an educational activity to be completed by the student for credit. Directory, University: The following information is published each year in the Northern Michigan University Directory:name, local address, local telephone number, permanent address, and permanent telephone number. All students who are enrolled for the fall semester are listed in the directory unless they request non-disclosure of directory information by Sept. 15 or have done so previously. Directories are available for pick-up at the Dean of Students Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2001, in mid October each year.

Directory Information: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the university can release—without your authorization—certain information about you. This information is called, "directory information." You have the right to restrict the release of directory information by completing the Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information (PDF) form and submitting it to the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201.This may be done at any time during the semester. You may also request to withhold directory information from the university telephone directory. However, to prevent directory information from appearing in the university telephone directory, the request must be made by September 15. Requesting a restriction on any of the below categories will result in a confidentiality indicator being set on your record FOR ALL INFORMATION. This means that you must transact all business in person or via the web. NMU staff will not be able to assist you over the phone, nor will the university acknowledge your presence as a student to outside agencies or in university publications. The following information may be released unless you specifically request otherwise:

Directory Information at NMU

name

local address, local telephone number, permanent address, permanent telephone number

NMU e-mail address

dates of attendance at the university, enrollment status, degrees earned, honors, awards, participation in officially recognized university activities and sports, current term candidacy for degrees and/or teaching certification

program level, class standing, major/minor

Disciplinary Hold:A hold may be placed by the Dean of Students Office against the enrollment of a student who has been suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons. The hold may also be utilized by this office to provide the student with a written statement of impending judicial or administrative proceedings when attempts to reach the student by mail or by telephone have failed. Contact the Dean of Students Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2001, 906-227-1700 for more information.

Dismissal, Academic:  Students who have previously been academically suspended from NMU, re-enter, and are academically suspended again, are dismissed from the university. Dismissed students may only re-enter NMU through an appeal to the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee (AAPC) of the Academic Senate. See the Important Issues for Dismissed Students Web page for more information.

Double Counting: The ability to utilize one course to meet more than one graduation/degree requirement.

Drop: An official procedure for withdrawing from an  individual course without withdrawing from all classes. The drop/add period runs through the first Thursday of each semester. Students can drop courses on the Web at mynmu.nmu.edu. The deadline for the last day to drop a course without a grade of "W" is posted each semester on the Registrar's Web pages. Dropping a Class After the Add/Drop Period: Students dropping a class after the official add/drop period through the tenth week of the fall and winter semesters will be issued a “W” grade. Students dropping courses after the tenth week of class will receive “F” grades in these courses. Dates for withdrawing from a course not meeting for a full semester or for summer session courses will be prorated. These dates are published on the Registrar’s Web pages at the beginning of each registration period. With documentation of the extenuating circumstances preventing a student from meeting the withdrawal deadline, exceptions to this policy may be made with the written approval of the Dean of Students Office,C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2001, 906-227-1700. See also  Registrar’s Web pages Withdrawal Deadlines for payment and refund schedules.

Earned Hours: All credit hours for courses in which a student received a grade of S, P, or A through D-.

Easy Pay Plan: The Easy Pay Plan is designed for students and their families who would like to spread each semester’s tuition, fees and housing payments, less applicable financial aid awards, over four monthly installments. To participate in the Easy Pay Plan, students must sign up for the plan by the tuition due date each semester. Contact the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, 906-227-1221 for more information. Elective: A course that will count for credit toward a degree that is not a specified in the program's course requirements.

E-Bill: E-mail billing statement issued and available for viewing at the following web site address: https://payment.nmu.edu/ebill/.  This site is available 24 hours a day to make paying your bill more convenient. Once logged in, you can pay your bill using your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or eCheck. You can also create one or more stored payment methods, schedule a payment for a certain date, or choose to have future bills paid automatically. For questions, e-mail: ebill@nmu.edu.

E-mail User ID: (NMU User ID) An alphanumeric ID which is more personalized and is typically used for computer access or login purposes. This identifier can be up to eight characters in length. (Example: jfrost@nmu.edu)  It provides a one-to-one unique link to other attributes of ones relationship with the university. The NMU User ID is maintained in the university's directory services and may be stored in other authentication systems. The NMU User ID can be changed to reflect name changes by contacting the NMU Help Desk at 906-227-2468. Go to http://myuser.nmu.edu if you do not know your NMU User ID.

Emphasis: A designated group of courses within a major program.

Enrollment Cancellation: Cancellation or purge of a student’s courses due to non-payment of tuition and fees.

Enrollment Verification:A letter provided on request to a student after the official add/drop period indicating full or part-time enrollment status. Verification of current enrollment  can be requested from the Registrar's Office in person with a photo I.D. Generally, this request can be completed while you wait. If necessary, a member of the staff will also fax the verification for you and then return the original to you. Company forms can be processed on-the-spot as well by stopping at the Registrar's Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2202. If you do not wish to pick up a verification, you may print a copy of your course schedule, an unofficial transcript or grade report from mynmu.nmu.edu.

Evaluation, Departmental: Academic departments at Northern Michigan University may recommend that advance placement credit be awarded to currently enrolled students in degree-granting programs based on their life experience or educational achievements from nontraditional sources. The evaluation measurement for the recommendation is determined within the department and may consist of a comprehensive examination, portfolio review, demonstration of a level of competency in a skill area, or documented verifiable life experiences. If a department is recommending advance placement credit that would apply to general electives, the recommendation must also be approved through the student’s major department.

Evaluation, Transfer Credit: A report sent to transfer students indicating how courses taken at another college or university equate to Northern Michigan University courses. See Transfer Course Equivalencies and Transfer Credit Policies or Transferring to NMU Web pages.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA): Protects the privacy of student records. It provides students the right to inspect and review their educational records, the right to seek to amend those records and the right to limit the disclosure of information in the records. In complying with the act, Northern Michigan University will not release educational information about a student without the student’s written permission. For a more complete explanation of the provisions of the law, see the FERPA Frequently Asked Questions Web page. FERPA also allows the university to identify information which it considers public record and can release this directory information without student authorization.Students have the right to restrict the release of their directory information. This is done by printing the Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information (PDF) form and mail or drop off at the Student Service Center. Restrictions can be applied to a student record any time during the semester. However, to prevent information from appearing in the university telephone directory, the request must be made by September 15.

FAFSA: Students who wish to receive financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A new FAFSA must be completed for each academic year, and can be filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Although the online version generally has quicker processing times and reduces the occurrence of some common errors, a paper version of the FAFSA is also available, and can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, the Student Service Center, or high school guidance offices. Students should file the FAFSA by March 1, which is consistent with the deadline for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship. If additional documents, such as income tax returns or worksheets, are requested by the Financial Aid Office, they should be submitted by May 1. Complying with these dates helps to ensure that financial aid is ready by the time fall tuition is due.

Federal Pell Grant: Grant awarded on the basis of financial need for undergraduate study or pursuing first baccalaureate degree. Students apply by submitting the FAFSA. Assistance varies from $400 to $4050. The grant is pro-rated for less than full-time enrollment. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

Federal Work Study: Financial aid award based on financial need. Students apply by submitting the FAFSA. Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time (min. 6 cr. undergraduate, min 4 cr. graduate). Students who are awarded work study apply and interview for on-campus employment with offices/departments advertising work-study jobs. Students work and earn money to supplement their financial aid awards.

Fees:Included in the on-campus 2003-2004 academic year tuition and fees rates are the following fees: Notebook computer: the use of a notebook computer is provided for all full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits and all graduate students enrolled in eight or more credits. The computer will be replaced on a two-year cycle. University fee: $305 per semester fee for the fall and winter semesters for all undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits and all graduate students enrolled in eight or more credits. Student discretionary activity fee: $30 per semester fee for all students enrolled in six or more credits (on campus courses) for the fall and winter semesters. In addition to the undergraduate tuition and fees listed above, a one-time, non-refundable fee of $100 is charged to all first-time, full-time freshmen and new undergraduate transfer students. The fee is assessed once and permits access to all regular season athletic events based on space available for up to six years as long as the student is enrolled in six credits or more. The fee for transfer students is prorated based on the number of credit hours they transfer into Northern Michigan University. Transfer students with 56 or more credit hours will be assessed a fee of $50. Transfer students with less than 56 credit hours will be assessed a fee of $100.

FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records. It provides students the right to inspect and review their educational records, the right to seek to amend those records and the right to limit the disclosure of information in the records. In complying with the act, Northern Michigan University will not release educational information about a student without the student’s written permission. For a more complete explanation of the provisions of the law, see the FERPA Frequently Asked Questions Web page. FERPA also allows the university to identify information which it considers public record and can release this directory information without student authorization.Students have the right to restrict the release of their directory information. This is done by printing the Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information (PDF) form and mail or drop off at the Student Service Center. Restrictions can be applied to a student record any time during the semester. However, to prevent information from appearing in the university telephone directory, the request must be made by September 15. See Directory Information in this glossary or the Directory Information Web page.

Financial Aid: Financial assistance provided to help pay educational expenses. Basically, there are three types of financial aid: (1) a gift or grant, which does not have to be repaid; (2) a loan, which must be repaid; and (3) work or work-study. Federal, state, and university funds are used for financial aid; students’ awards often combine the above types and sources of aid. Information on specific scholarships, grants, and loan programs may be obtained from the Financial Aid Web pages.

Financial Hold:A hold may be placed by the Student Service Center against enrollment by a student who owes, or has been delinquent in paying, financial obligations (library books, medical bills, parking fines, etc.) to the university. Contact the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, 906-227-1221, for more information.

Flat Rate Tuition: Tuition which covers a range of semester hours–currently 12 through 18.

Formal Communication Studies: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. Students select one formal communication studies course for a minimum of three credits. These courses are designed to introduce students to the ways in which information and ideas are expressed using a communication system other than English. Such courses should foster the student’s ability to conceptualize and communicate in an orderly, rational manner. Characteristics of a communication system include: (1) possession of a grammar; (2) operation from an established set of rules; (3) reasoning properties such as deduction, inference drawing, and problem solving. This includes courses in languages and those in which the central focus of the course is on statistics, computers or formal logic.Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Foundations of Communication: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. Students take two English composition courses for a minimum of six credits. Students who complete the courses should be able to generate ideas for writing and speaking; organize ideas logically; use correct and effective grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation; and rehearse, critique, and revise their oral presentations. The first course in foundations of communication is EN 111 College Composition I (4 credits). Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Foundations of Humanities: A graduation requirement that baccalaureate students must complete. Students select two humanities courses for a minimum of six credits. Humanities courses will help students to broaden their understanding for the human experience. Students will study the individual human condition-needs, values, potentials, achievements within the multiplicity of cultural values that shape it. They will examine, using critical thinking strategies, how peoples in different cultures, times, and places deal with common human needs and concerns. They will review and evaluate, using critical thinking techniques, the intellectual, spiritual and ethical concerns of the human experience as recorded in literature, philosophy, religion, history, or other similar areas. Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Foundations of Natural Sciences/Mathematics: A graduation requirements that all baccalaureate students must complete. Students select two natural sciences/mathematics courses for a minimum of six credits. Students who complete the science courses should be able to recognize and understand the scientific method; understand and use scientific concepts; understand and discuss general scientific articles; and apply their knowledge of science to everyday experience. Students who complete the mathematics courses should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of mathematical logic; use mathematics to solve scientific or mathematical problems in college classes; express relationships in the symbolic language of mathematics; and appreciate the role of probability and statistics in analyzing natural phenomena. Most science courses with a few exceptions can be used to meet the graduation requirement of a laboratory course. Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Foundations of Social Sciences: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. Students select two social science courses for a minimum of six credits. Students completing these courses should be able to recognize and understand the principles of the scientific method as it applies to the social sciences and the study of the social universe; comprehend commonalities and differences among various social science disciplines; and demonstrate an understanding of the role of social science theories and perspectives in investigating and explaining social phenomena.  They should also be able to distinguish between knowledge supported by social science scholarship and "common sense" assumptions and similar forms of "conventional wisdom"; and express an understanding of one's place in society and its culture, its history, and its political and economic systems.Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Foundations of Visual and Performing Arts: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. Students select one visual and performing arts course for a minimum of three credits. Students completing these courses will be able to identify the forms of artistic expression (e.g., forms of music, dance, painting, sculpture, etc.) in relation to a historical and cultural context; they will also be able to recognize and articulate the reasons why these forms of artistic expression developed and evolved in the manner they did; further, students will be able to demonstrate and articulate an understanding of the principles behind the evolution of judgment and taste.Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Full-Time Status: An undergraduate student who is enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester. Undergraduates who are planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in four-years should average 16 credit hours per semester. A graduate student who is enrolled in 8 or more credit hours per semester is considered full-time.

FYE-First Year Experience: FYE is a program for incoming freshmen. Students can choose from different blocks of courses. This not only makes scheduling easier, but it also helps students get to know one another. Each block contains three courses and a FYE course, where students can get to know NMU’s campus community and services. 

General Elective: A course which will count as a general credit toward a degree but is not a specific program requirement.

Good Standing: A designation that signifies that a student is eligible to continue or return to studies, or to transfer elsewhere. It implies good academic standing and at least a 2.00 (C average) NMU cumulative grade point average. Grades:Students can print their grade report from mynmu.nmu.edu or obtain a copy from the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A picture I.D. is required. Grades cannot be obtained by telephone. In accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Northern Michigan University policy prohibits the release of grade reports to anyone other than the student. Grade reports/report cards are no longer mailed by NMU. Grades, Complaints: Student's who believe that they have been unfairly graded in a course should follow the appeals procedure outlined in the Student Handbook. For further details, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

Grades Issued:I = incomplete; X = course in progress; S = satisfactory, credit awarded; U = unsatisfactory, no credit awarded; W = withdrawn, AU = audit, not taken for credit; R = graduate research or thesis in progress; P = marginal but satisfactory completion of student teaching experience for degree only, no recommendation for certification. Grades, Improperly Recorded: If a student believes that a clerical error has been made in awarding the final grade for a course, the student should meet with the instructor to determine if there has been an error made. A change of grade is normally allowed only for a clerical error. Requests for a grade change must be signed by the instructor of the course and the head of the department before being referred to the college dean for review. Grade changes must be received by the Registrar no later than the fifteenth working day of the following semester (exclusive of the summer session). Students can check to see if their grade has been changed at mynmu.nmu.edu.

Grade of Incomplete:A grade of “I” (Incomplete) applies to work of acceptable quality when the full amount is not completed because of reasons acceptable to the instructor, such as illness. It is never applied to poor work. The grade “I” is sometimes granted when a student is temporarily unable to complete course requirements because of unusual circumstances.  At the time an “I” grade is granted, the instructor will complete the appropriate form stating (1) the reason for granting the incomplete, (2) what work has to be performed by the student to complete the course, (3) the deadline for completing the work, and (4) the alternate grade to be granted in the event the deadline is not met.

Grade Point Average (GPA): A student’s scholastic average computed by dividing total honor points (QPTS) by total credit hours (QHRS) attempted. Honor points for each course are determined by multiplying the honor points for the grade by the number of credits for the course.  Credit for courses in which S, U, I, X, AU and R have been awarded does not affect the grade point average.  Cumulative grade point average listed on this transcript is only a grade point average of all Northern Michigan University course work and does not include transfer credit.

Honor Point Values

A 4.0 B- 2.7 D+ 1.3
A- 3.7 C+ 2.3 D 1.0
B+ 3.3 C 2.0 D- 0.7
B 3.0 C- 1.7 F 0.0

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculator: A computer-generated calculator located on the NMU Academic and Career Advisement Center's Web pages which automatically calculates a GPA after course credits and letter grades are entered.

Grade Table:

Grade

Significance

Honor Points

A

Distinguished

4.00

A-

Superior

3.70

B+

Excellent

3.30

B

Very Good

3.00

B-

Good

2.70

C+

Satisfactory

2.30

C

Average

2.00

C-

Fair

1.70

D+

Inferior

1.30

D

Poor

1.00

D-

Poor but Passing

0.70

F

Failure

0.00

AU

Audit

0.00

I

Incomplete

0.00

MG

No Grade Submitted

0.00

P

Completion

0.00

R

Research in Progress

0.00

S

Satisfactory

0.00

U

Unsatisfactory

0.00

W

Withdrawal

0.00

X

Course in progress

0.00

Grade

Significance

AU

A grade of "AU" (Audit) is awarded to a student who is not taking a course for credit.

I

A grade of “I” (Incomplete) applies to work of acceptable quality when the full amount is not completed because of reasons acceptable to the instructor, such as illness. It is never applied to poor work.

MG

A grade of "MG" (Missing Grade) Missing grade/no grade submitted is issued when the instructor does not submit a grade for a student by the grading deadline. Student who receive a "MG" should contact the instructor or department head to determine the reason why the grade was not issued on time and when the grade will be recorded.

P

A grade of “P” (Completion) is awarded when a student has marginally a student teaching assignment. These students are not recommended to the state for certification.

R

A grade of “R” (Research in Progress) is issued when research field study or internships extend beyond the end of the semester. Used for graduate courses only.

S

A grade of “S” (Satisfactory) is issued when a course has been satisfactorily completed.  Courses graded "S" are counted in earned hours. The grades are not included in the computation of the GPA.

U

A grade of “U” (Unsatisfactory) is issued when a course has not been completed satisfactorily. Courses graded "U" are included in attempted hours. The grades are not included in the computation of the GPA.

W

A grade of “W” (Withdrawal) is awarded when a student has officially withdrawn from a course. Courses graded "W" are included in attempted hours.  The grades are not included in the computation of the GPA.

X

A grade of “X” is awarded when a course continues to meet past the time of grading for a particular semester.

Grading System: Northern Michigan University uses letter grades which are assigned a numerical value. The total number of grade points (honor points) is the product of the credits and the honor point value of the grade received in the course. See Grade Table.

Graduation: Students who expect to graduate with a vocational diploma, certificate, associate degree, or baccalaureate degree must apply for graduation. Graduation and appropriate commencement codes are found on the Registrar's Web pages.

Graduation Code: A five-digit registration number used to register for graduation differentiating degree levels and commencement ceremony participation.

Graduation Honors: Scholastic recognition at the commencement ceremony is based upon a student's cumulative (transfer) GPA and NMU GPA through the semester prior to graduation, provided the student will have complied with the minimum NMU credit hour requirement at the completion of the degree program. Candidates who are graduating with honors will be notified by the Degree Audits Office prior to graduation. Those students receiving honors will wear special honor cords that will be available at the NMU Bookstore.

Associate Degree Baccalaureate Degree
GPA Required Scholastic Recognition
3.50-3.79 Honor
3.80-4.00 High Honor
GPA Required Scholastic Recognition
3.30-3.59 Cum Laude
3.60-3.79 Magna Cum Laude
3.80-4.00 Summa Cum Laude

Graduation Rates at NMU: Institutions of higher education have been directed by the federal government to share information regarding student graduation rates. Northern Michigan University graduation rates are posted on the Office of Institutional Research Web pages.

Graduation Requirements: There are five baccalaureate graduation requirements that freshmen students must complete. They are: (1) the writing proficiency examination, (2) the liberal studies outcomes assessment requirement, (3) laboratory science course, (4) a world cultures course, and (5) the health promotion requirement. Students in associate and certificate programs have fewer requirements. While the baccalaureate graduation requirements are not, strictly speaking, part of the liberal studies program, they often can be fulfilled by courses that meet the various divisional liberal studies requirements.

Graduation, Registering: Students who plan to graduate (vocational diploma, certificate, associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree) at the end of a semester must register for graduation so a final degree audit can be completed to verify eligibility. Student register for graduation the same way they would register for a class. Graduation codes are listed in the Registration Book on the Registrar's Web pages. A $15 graduation processing charge is payable at the time of registration.

Grant: Financial assistance awarded to students which does not have to be repaid, usually based on need.

Guest Student: 1.  A degree-seeking student from another college or university who is taking courses at NMU for one semester. The credits earned are usually transferred back to the student’s home institution. 2. Process by which a Northern student receives permission to attend another college or university for a summer session or one semester and transfer the credits earned back to NMU to be applied to the NMU degree. A special application, called a Guest Student Application, must be completed for admission. For Michigan colleges and universities, this application is the only one necessary and the student does not need to submit a transcript to the guest college. Out-of-state colleges may have additional requirements. The application is available in the Evaluation Services Office. Staff in the office assist students in completing the application and will review courses to ensure that they are transferable. The office requests summer school course listings from Michigan colleges and universities and from selected Wisconsin and Illinois schools. All students must request an official transcript of their courses from guest colleges and universities to be sent to the Records Office at Northern Michigan University.